I have to describe myself as a casual Death listener.
My first introduction to the band was through a high school boyfriend who loved them. He would play Death songs for me on his guitar and I would say, “That’s so beautiful!” Then he would play the CD for me… And unaccustomed to the vocal style, I would be like, “Uh….” Read more »
Bell, left, and bandmate Dino Cazares. Photo by Kevin Estrada.
Fear Factory has been making complex, challenging, industrial-tinged metal for over two decades now. With the release of 2012’s The Industrialist, the band went high concept with an album born from vocalist Burton C. Bell’s short story of a world in which machines battle not only man, but their own rapid obsolescence. In this special split release between 9479.net and Alternative Control, JW talks to Burton about the story behind The Industrialist, his love of science fiction and short story writing, and Fear Factory’s status in metal. On the audio side, listen to the full 9479 (radio) interview where we talk about literary heroes, the similarities between science fiction and reality, Burton’s cameo in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video, and much more.
JW: Fear Factory has been around for over 20 years, not only as a touring band, but as a successful touring band. Do you ever look at things now that you 20 years out, do you look in terms of a legacy that you have contributed, or does that not interest you? Read more »
REALLY IMPORTANT LIFE-CHANGING NEWS: Baldwin, Carrie, and I will be taking an awesome field trip next week to the Death To All show in New York City. In case you’re unfamiliar, Death To All is a tribute to Chuck Schuldiner with proceeds benefiting Sweet Relief, a charity that provides financial support to professional musicians with health issues. This year’s lineup includes vocalist Max Phelps, guitarist Paul Masvidal, bassist Steve DiGiorgio, and drummer Sean Reinert.
Last year was the first DTA tour, and apparently there was some question as to whether the concert’s promoters were actually giving the money to Sweet Relief. That company is no longer involved in the show, so hopefully this year’s good intentions will be carried through without a hitch. Read more »
Steve Rodgers outside his newest venue in Hamden, Connecticut. Photo by Marilyn Catasus.
By Laurie Lawless
Originally published in The Mercurial.
Moving away from making music to providing an outlet for it was a crucial turning point in Steve Rodgers’s life. It was 2003 when he decided to open The Space, an all ages concert venue, in an old, beat down 1960s industrial park in Hamden, Connecticut. Now, almost a decade later, The Spaceland Ballroom is set to open this Friday – Rodger’s third music venue in the same industrial park. Read more »