Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell has quit the band after 30 years, releasing a statement on his website without telling the band members.
“I consider myself a private person, preferring to keep my personal business to myself and trusted loved ones,” Bell wrote.
“I make my public statements with thoughtful intent, never deviating from the truth, in spite of the consistent series of dishonest representations and unfounded accusations from past and present band members; a toxic drama I choose to not be part of.
“The past several years have been profoundly agonizing, with these members bleeding my passion with depraved deceit.
“As a direct consequence of their greed, these three have dragged me through the unjust, judicial system, resulting in the legal attrition that has financially crippled me.
“In the end, these three members have taken possession of my principal livelihood. However, they will never take my 30-year legacy as the beating heart of the machine. A legacy that no other member, past or present, can ever claim.
“So, it is after considerable, contemplative soul searching that I have come to the realization that I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect.
“Therefore, I am announcing to my fans my departure from Fear Factory, to focus all my energy and attention toward the continuing success for Ascension of The Watchers, and all my future endeavors.
“It’s true, “the end is always the beginning”. The soul is free from the machine.”
Fear Factory co-founder and guitarist Dino Cazares responded to the news on Robb Flynn’s No Fuckin’ Regrets podcast, saying Bell didn’t approach him before making the announcement.
“No. He did not tell me … found out via social media
“I don’t want to get into what it says because a lot of it is just nonsense.
“What I noticed was he doesn’t take responsibility for all the legal actions that went down.
“It’s too bad he decided not to stick around, but the door’s open for him, so whenever he decides to get past whatever his issues are, I’ll be here waiting.”
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