Fear Factory Guitarist Dino Cazares: ‘Burton C. Bell Was Phoning Things In’

Dino Cazares: Frank Schwichtenberg, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons / Burton C. Bell: Frank Schwichtenberg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en, Wikimedia Commons
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In 2020, Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell parted ways with the Los Angeles-based band. Bell expressed in a statement he released at that time, “I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect.”

Since Bell’s departure, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares has expressed that Bell wasn’t fully committed to the band. In 2022, in response to a fan’s comment on social media about Bell’s departure, Cazares wrote back, “With all due respect to Burton but he lost the magic live long ago, he just couldn’t carry a clean note anymore.”

Now, in a new interview with Brutal Planet Magazine, Cazares has once again commented on Bell’s past Fear Factory performances.

The topic of Bell comes up while Cazares is talking about the band’s new vocalist Milo Silvestro. Cazares revealed Silvestro as Fear Factory’s new singer earlier this year in a special livestream announcement.

When asked if Silvestro has brought new energy to the band, Cazares says he doesn’t “need anybody to bring me new energy,” but does express that he appreciates what Silvestro brings to the table. He compares Silvestro to Bell, sharing that he feels Bell was “going through the motions.” Per Cazares (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“Yes and no. I’ve always had the fire. I don’t need anybody to bring me new energy, but it does feel good when you have somebody who can match the energy that you have. Because for a while there, I just felt that — and I’m speaking off the cuff here — that [original Fear Factory singer] Burton C. Bell was just kind of phoning things in; he was just kind of going through the motions, and it just felt like he didn’t wanna be there. And so it was kind of lacking. The band was going down for a little while.

“And as soon as Milo came in, it was a breath of fresh air to play with somebody who wanted to be there. And that felt really good. And, of course, all the trolls are gonna come after me for saying that, but it is what it is. I mean, I lived through it. I was there.”

For those of you who’ve had the chance to hear Silvestro perform with Fear Factory, what do you think of him as the band’s new vocalist? Are you a fan, or do you miss the days of Bell fronting the industrial act?

Dino Cazares interview