To have Fear Factory back in France to promote his new record Transgression,
is something very special. The music media were not mistaken there and
its not less than 9 medias which asked a flood of more or less
interesting questions to Burton C. Bell (vocals), Christian Olde Wolbers
(guitar) et Byron Stroud (bass).
Spiritribe : How has the tour been going so far
Burton: I think its been going very well, weve been packing
out venues all over Europe. We were in the UK and sold out quite a few
shows and we sold out last night in Montpellier so everythings
going well. The band has been tighter than ever.
: And the fans response to the new record ?
It has been slow because the label has not been promoting it very well,
but touring has helped. But its an interesting response because every
record is different, I suppose some fans like it and some dont
but that is the case with every record.
there been a change in your style with this album ?
Burton : Well
every Fear Factory LP has seen a change for the bands style, the
next record will not sound like this one like the previous ones did
not sound alike either. So you tell me, are we gonna stay the same?
No, were gonna do something else.
Its the first time Fear Factory works with
a big producer like Toby Wright.
How was it ? This new record sounds different...
Burton : Well its all a translation really, it is an interpretation
and the title of the record, Transgression is exactly that.
It is an experiment, we have never used a producer like that before
and so it has been very interesting experience. Will we do it again?
Probably not, but I dont know. I thought it was great working
with Toby Wright, it was an interesting translation that he did.
you played Ozzfest you introduced the song Replica as a
song which will never be played on MTV. Do you remember that ?
Burton : Yes
at that point it was true and it never got played on MTV.
now you have this new song, Mtvision which is more for MTV,
so how have the things evolved with Fear Factory and the mass media
Well things are pretty much the same, the song Mtvision
is not necessarily an attack on MTV because they are not playing the
song, it is an attack on MTV because they suck! In the states it is
not music anymore, its just stupid shows and stupid pop music.
about your solo project ?
Well Im nurturing it slowly, Ive still got a lot to do,
its not ready, its independent. The more I play shows the better it
gets, so I just want to play shows and get the music together. Its come
will it be like ?
Youll find out! I dont like comparing it to other bands
because its not fair.
Christian, whats up with Kush ? (Christian
& Raymonds side project with B-Real from Cypress Hill et Stephen
Carpenter from the Deftones)
Christian: Well its just a lot of record company problems
and bullshit. A lot of big companies want to have a piece of something
and its just too much politics. Well see what happens. We have
a lot of stuff going on so were just laying back from that right
you still work with Cypress Hill ?
Christian : No I still produce some stuff with
B-real on a solo basis. I still produce some beats and stuff.
Cypress Hill are no more are they ?
Christian: Well theyre still around,
they have not officially said they are breaking up but I dont
see them making any new records. They still tour, its mainly B-real.
: And how will it work in the band with Byron when Strapping Young Lad
will release the new record ?
This one is for Crunchy (Byron Stroud)
Byron : Well its gonna be like its been
for the past few years really. Both bands are pretty understanding.
It seems to be working itself out.
Christian : Ladies and gentlemen the hardest
working man in show-business.
Spiritribe : Any plans for a DVD?
Christian : Yeah there are plans, eventually it will happen.
We just released a new album, we want people to get to know this record,
and not release all kinds of products that will take them away from
Transgression. When the time comes we will release a good
DVD, a proper DVD, with everything on it from the bands point
of view, not the record company.
Do you still have a covers album project?
Christian: We have done some covers, we did a Godflesh cover.
There are so many songs we want to cover, we will do some during our
next sessions, then collect all the covers and put them on a record
or something. So its best that we put some on the side for future releases
or bonus tracks.
Transgression it is the first time you play a solo...
Well there were no plans for me to do that but it was done. I put the
solo in the song before there was time to do the vocals so it stayed
as a solo in Echoes of my Scream. It was like a little experiment.
Burton : Well on the next record if theres
time and Christian has more time we might put some more on. This record
was done really quickly, there were time restraints on it, a lot of
things got overlooked even on my part.
So well take all out time on the next record.
Christian : Yeah itll be released in 2015 (All Laugh).
Burton : No not that long, maybe 2008.
Have you began to work on it ? Do you have any
Christian : Yeah we got some ideas.
Gould of FNM is on this album. What did he bring to the band?
Christian : Some
killer bass lines. (Laughs)
Another Transgression for FF. We had Supernova and we thought wed
give the song a real meaning. We thought it would be interesting to
give the bass lines to someone else. Billy is a friend of FF since the
beginning. He made our first demo too. Raymond works with him in the
music business. We just asked him as Byron was on tour with Strapping
Young Lad in Europe.
Christian : He lives in Paris!
Burton : Billy Gould lives in Paris.
Christian : Hell certainly be
Burton : He was in San Francisco but
he accepted our offer and brought some pretty cool stuff to the band!
What represents Transgression in your discography?
Burton : Its the sixth album (Laugh). As I said
before, its a Transgression, for Fear Factory and our sound, its
a forceful step in experimentation. We thought we were at a pint to
try something different. Well do you know the movie Crash
? Its like that, instead of the record telling a full story each
song tells a story and then they all come together a paint a whole picture.
Each little song is a snippet of a Transgression that happens in our
: How did you come to work with the movie Saw?
One of the directors is a Fear Factory fan, and he thought it would
be a good idea. Of course he didnt know if we were up to working
with them, so he asked and we said yeah!.
the Fear Factory albums are pessimistic
I disagree. I would say theyre optimistic. The music is very dark
but that doesnt mean its pessimistic, hey I know I wrote
them. I think theyre optimistic because theres a sense of
hope in my lyrics. Overcoming the powers that you are struggling against,
were living in dark times and I try to be optimistic, there is
a silver lining.
What kind of reaction do you want to provoke in
the listener ?
Burton : Well I want them to just listen and if that conjures
up an image, I hope they can see what were singing about.
year you did the Gigantour where Burton sang Cemetery Gates
from Pantera live in Dallas. How was that?
Dream Theater were really good (Laughs)
Byron : (Laughs).
Burton : Gigantour was interesting.
It was our second tour with Megadeth. Nothing to do with dream Theatre.
I hate them actually.
Christian : They suck !
Burton : But we met some pretty cool
people on that tour like Russel Allen of Symphony X. An impressive singer
and a cool dude. Nevermore were excellent. Dry Kill Logic, Life Of Agony,
weve already toured with them. Dillinger Escape Plan were completely
nuts. It was good tour.
Christian : Most tours are cool. You
have all the uses and all the bands. Its like a vacation colony where
you play in the evenings. Its like a big family on tour, even if you
dont like all the bands (Laughs).
Burton : I sang Cemetery Gates
with Dream Theater. Actually their drummer (Mike Portnoy) came
and asked me if i was interested in doing it. I told him I dont
know the words. Dave Mustaine came for the solo. I didnt see the
footage but I think it was cool. It was cool to hear that Vinnie Paul
Byron play on the next album or will he just remain with you for the
live parts ?
Christian & Burton :
Byron : It depends on how available
I am. I loved playing on « Transgression » but
its time thing.
Burton : Id like it if Byron
could come to Los Angeles to compose a little.
Byron : If we have enough time it
should be ok. For « Transgression » we did not
have enough time.
Burton : I think it should be ok for
the next album.
Byron : Id love to compose and
record with guys. I hope Ill be available.
Christian : Yeah I fucking hate recording
the bass lines!
Anything to say about « The New Black »
SYLs next LP ?
Byron : Its finished. It sounds good. I dont know
if people will like it but it sounds good to us. Its a cool LP, very
Strapping Young Lad.
Spiritribe : Any plans after this tour?
Burton : I have a new kid, so Ill take some time off
for my daughter. I also have a gig with my solo project Ascension Of
The Watcher on 8 June.
Christian : I was going to produce
Mnemic but they have no singer.