Fear Factory say their legal troubles are over and today began crowdfunding for their new album which is due in 2021.
Co-founder Dino Cazares said longstanding issues surrounding use of the name have been settled and at the time of writing, the GoFundMe page has raised US$1350 of its $25,000 target.
The record is currently in the post-production stage, with drums, mixing, mastering and artwork still to be completed, according to Cazares.
It features Cazares on guitar and bass, Burton C Bell on vocals and Mike Heller on drums, is being produced by Damien Rainaud and Fear Factory, mixed by Andy Sneap, and will be released via Nuclear Blast.
On keyboards are Rhys Fulber, Damien Rainaud, Igor Khoroshev, Giuseppe Bassi and Max Karon.
“We are relieved to report that the legal matter surrounding the Fear Factory name has now come to an end and the band is now able to move forward,” Cazares wrote.
“It has been a long road in getting to this point and it has certainly not been without it’s (sic) challenges both professionally and personally.
“As a result, it has caused a significant blow and thrown a wrench into the gears of the Fear Factory machine by creating a heavy financial burden of debt and crushing legal fees associated with the many disputes on the road to reaching a final outcome.
“As it stands, Fear Factory are back, but are now facing an uncertain future financially and we need your help to restart the machine to get FF back up and running and firing on all cylinders.
“The mounting legal hardship and ensuing legalities have caused both the delayed completion and release of our 10th studio album, so we’ve decided to take the unique step of reaching out to our fans to ask for help through a Gofundme page.”
Cazares said donations would go directly towards finishing the new album and any money raised above their goal go towards producing new music videos for the upcoming album.
“We understand that the current situation with the global pandemic may make it difficult for a lot of our fans to contribute at this time, as we are also feeling the financial hardship due to the corona virus and recognize the struggles we are all facing at the moment.
“We’d like to thank you all for the love and continued support over the last 30 years and hope that together, we can reach our goal.”
The crowdfunding announcement received criticism from some fans, prompting Cazares to make a further statement.
“This is to address some of the controversy regarding the Fear Factory GoFundMe page,” he wrote on the band’s Facebook page.
“It is not a scam. All donations go toward covering newly incurred production costs and not anyone’s personal legal fees.
“On the previous version of the album recording, which was completed in 2017, it had programmed drums. I decided to not make that mistake again and had Mike Heller perform live drums on the record.
“I later realized I needed to re-track guitars and bass to fit better with the live drums. I also decided to add new keyboards from Rhys Fulber, Damien Rainaud, Igor Khoroshev, Giuseppe Bassi and Max Karon.
“Damien Rainaud took over production duties for all this, and Andy Sneap is also handling the mixing and mastering. They all did an amazing job on ‘Genexus’, and I decided to bring them back for the new album.
“Burton’s lead vocals, which were also recorded in full in 2017, will remain on the new version of the album.
“Fear Factory has exceeded its limit in borrowing money from the record company to complete the new version of the album. For this reason, and this reason only, a decision was made to ask for outside donations.”