Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares Says Burton C. Bell Couldn’t Sing Any More
Hear that? That, friends, is the sound of shots being fired. This time, they’re coming from Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares (again) towards former FF singer Burton C. Bell (again).
In the comments on Facebook, the guitarist responded to a fan’s remark that the band are “Not the same without Burton,” saying, “Im [sic] glad it’s not the same he couldn’t sing live anymore it’s not a secret fans have been complains about his voice for years, go look at YouTube comments, bring on the new voice.”
In another comment, he added, “I just wish he would’ve taken care of his voice over the years, like Mike Patton who screams like crazy and Corey Taylor and Howard Jones who both do screams and melodic singing. Those guys prove it can be done.”
He then went on to allege that the singer had not taken care of his instrument, saying, “If I was a singer I would take care of my voice and not drink hard alcohol, do drugs or smoke. You have to learn how to adapt to your old age. A million singers do it. And million don’t and just have issues.”
Burton quit the LA cyber-metallers at the end of September, saying, “I cannot align myself with someone whom I do not trust, nor respect,” following the news that after some hefty, long and expensive legal wranglings, Dino had “100 per cent control” of the FF name.
He recently released the second album by his band Ascension Of The Watchers, APOCRYPHA. A less metal proposition than Fear Factory, more in line with bands like Killing Joke, Burton explained where he is in 2020 to Kerrang!, and the direction he’s taken with his new music.
“It’s been on my mind for a while,” he said. “These lawsuits just drained me. The egos. The greed. Not just from band members, but from the attorneys involved. I just lost my love for it. I’ve been working [intensely] on The Watchers for the last two years. Working with people who I can trust and who I love, and with whom I have grown to find a niche musically definitely pushed me towards it.
“I’ve had a lot of surprises for the last four years,” he continued. “With Fear Factory, it’s just constantly been like ‘What?!’ You can only take so much. I felt like 30 years was a good run. Those albums I’ve done with Fear Factory will always be out there. I’ll always be part of that. I just felt like it was time to move forward.”
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