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Burton C. Bell on returning to Fear Factory: 'I'm done'

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 12:10 PM PT

Shortly after vocalist Burton C. Bell announced his departure from Fear Factory late last month, co-founder Dino Cazares revealed that he was still hoping to reconcile with Bell, stating, "the door remains open for Burton should he wish to return, but the door won't stay open forever."

Well, Bell has already shut said door. Speaking with Kerrang!, Bell was asked about the possibility of returning to Fear Factory at some point, to which he responded:

"I'm done. I haven't spoken to Dino in three years. I haven't spoken to Raymond [Herrera, drums] and Christian [Olde Wolbers, bass] in longer than that, and I have no intention to. I'm just moving forward with my life."

Bell opened up further about his exit from Fear Factory:

"It's been on my mind for a while. 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 on [Bell's other band Ascension Of The Watchers] 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. There are a lot of surprises. I've had a lot of surprises for the last four years. 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."

Reflecting upon his time in Fear Factory, Bell is (justifiably) satisfied with their collective accomplishments:

"I'm proud of my legacy. We achieved great things. We made incredible music and left an indelible mark on the music industry and on fans around the globe. We've had peaks on top of mountains with our highs and we've plumbed the deepest trenches with our lows. There just comes a point where you have to move forward to do more great things with a different band."

You can read the entire interview here.

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