EXCLUSIVE: Industrial metallers Fear Factory are set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their biggest selling album ‘Obsolete’, with an airing of the work in full for the first time during live dates in late 2017 and early 2018. The plans follow on from the band’s recent ‘Demanufacture’ shows, which saw them perform their landmark 1995 release in its entirety.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1989, Fear Factory's tech metal sound influenced in part by the Terminator movies, was one of the most recognisable of the alt metal era. If Unibet had been your game, the band would have been odds-on to become leaders of the genre.
Fear Factory’s third full-length disc, ‘Obsolete’ was released in July 1998. A concept-based piece, the set follows on from ‘Demanufacture’s dystopian theme of machines on the rise against mankind.
Speaking exclusively to eonmusic at Bloodstock Open Air, where Fear Factory were performing on Saturday (13th August), guitarist Dino Cazares unveiled that plans to celebrate ‘Obsolete’s 20th anniversary were in the works: “For sure, one hundred percent, it will happen”, said the guitarist.
Going on to explain that a new Fear Factory disc would arrive before then, Cazares made clear that the ‘Obsolete’ shows were very much on the band’s agenda. Said Dino: “Right now, once we’re done with this touring for [2015 release] ‘Genexus’, we’re going to be doing another record”.
He continued: “We’ll have something new out by next year, and then it will be coming up on the twenty year anniversary of ‘Obsolete’. 2018 is the anniversary, but we might start a little earlier [with the ‘Obsolete’ shows] than that, we’ll see”.
Finally, he added that he was looking forward to the ‘Obsolete’ performances, stating: “That was out biggest record by far, and I think it’s going to draw a lot of people”.
Fear Factory’s Bloodstock afternoon appearance saw the band perform the full ‘Demanufacture’ set for the Catton Park crowd. Other acts appearing over the weekend included headliners Twisted Sister, Mastodon and Slayer, along with Anthrax, Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons, Metal Allegiance (who were joined by special guest Gary Holt), and more.
Check out eonmusic's full Bloodstock 2016 coverage, including interviews with Fear Factory, Paradise Lost, Metal Allegiance.