Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Didn’t Join Limp Bizkit Because ‘It Would Have Been Career Suicide’

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You may not have known this, but back in the early 2000s, Dino Cazares of the Los Angeles band Fear Factory was invited to join the Jacksonville nu-metal group Limp Bizkit. As history has proven though, the guitarist declined the invite.

But why did Cazares say no? Well, his reason has to do with his personal belief that, at the point in time he was asked to join the band: “nu-metal had already hit its peak.”

Among the several topics brought up in a new conversation with Metal Hammer, Cazares was asked about why he decided to not take the opportunity to join one of the biggest bands in nu-metal. Upon being asked why he declined the invite to join Limp Bizkit, the guitarist replies:

“Because it was in 2001 and I felt that that style of nu metal had already hit its peak.”

What exactly does he mean by nu-metal hitting its “peak”? Well, according to Cazares, he feels that Limp Bizkit’s sound at that time was already “oversaturated.”

Going into more detail about why he declined the invite, the Fear Factory guitarist shares the following:

“Limp Bizkit’s [sound] was already oversaturated and on its way down. I said, ‘If I actually got that gig, it would have been career suicide.’ Fear Factory, we were pretty much at our peak. And it’s funny because, two years later, I was out of Fear Factory.”

Do you think Dino Cazares should have taken the opportunity? What if he had joined and then brought more of an industrial edge to the band? Can you imagine Limp Bizkit sounding industrial?

Speaking of nu-metal, not that long ago we published a feature highlighting 1o of the most underrated nu-metal albums of all time. There are some amazing gems on that list you should absolutely check out if you are searching for more nu-metal in your life.