25 years ago, LA death metal band Fear Factory decided to shift the tenor of their sound — and in the process, changed metal as we know it. After experimenting vaguely with electronic and industrial flavors on their 1992 debut Soul of a New Machine, and having expanded those elements on their 1993 EP Fear Is The Mindkiller, the guys in the band — guitarist Dino Cazares, vocalist Burton C. Bell, drummer Raymond Herrera, and new bassist Christian Olde Wolbers — went all-in on their mixture of hard-hitting extreme metal and mind-bending industrial and electronica. The result was Demanufacture, a record that spawned millions of imitators but no equals and introduced the world to the idea that extreme metal could be danced to.
In honor of Demanufacture‘s 25th anniversary, and its first vinyl pressing in the United States via Run Out Groove‘s new 3LP vinyl edition, we sat down with Dino to discuss how Fear Factory went from an exciting up-and-coming extreme metal crew to one of the genre’s most innovative forces. Along the way, Cazares reveals some of the ambient influences behind the record (among them the Rodney King riots and the band living in a building with walls so thin you could put your hand through them) and some of the trials, tribulations, and hilarious mishaps that went into the recording of this game-changing release. And that’s not even touching on all the shit these dudes gave Bon Jovi himself during throughout.
Want to hear about Demanufacture‘s creation from Dino Cazares himself? Tune in to The Pit’s YouTube channel or Facebook page this Wednesday, December 16th, at 5pm EST/2pm PST/10pm CET to hear Dino’s side of this insane story.
Not convinced? Check out a trailer for the interview below:
Fear Factory’s 25th anniversary blue vinyl edition of Demanufacture is available for preorder now — but numbers are limited, so make sure you order yours now before they’re all gone!