- Fear Factory
Infobox musical artist
Name = Fear Factory
Background = group_or_band
Origin = Los Angeles,
Death metal(early) Industrial metal Groove metal Alternative metal[http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3pfwxqw5ld0e]
Years_active = 1989−2002 2002-present
Label = Roadrunner, Liquid 8/Calvin
Associated_acts = Desecration, Paperstreet,
GZR, Brujeria, Asesino, Ascension of the Watchers, Strapping Young Lad, Zimmers Hole, Divine Heresy, Cool for August
URL = [http://www.fearfactory.com Official website]
Burton C. Bell Christian Olde Wolbers Byron Stroud Raymond Herrera
Dino Cazares Andrew Shives
Andy Romero Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band. The band formed in 1989 and have released seven full-length albums and a number of singles and remixes. Over the course of their career they have evolved from a succession of styles, as well as steadily pioneered a combination of the styles
death metal, groove metal, thrash metaland industrial metal. [http://www.ugo.com/channels/music/features/bandsondemand/artist.aspx?cat=metal&artist=fearfactory&full=Fear%20Factory www.ugo.com] "Despite the setback of their shoddy first album, Fear Factory tightened its sound and as traditional death metal structures began to fade, they evolved into a popular industrial metal band while also incorporating a groove metal style. However, their sound has become so unique it seems to elude and genre, and arguments continue over the label that should be placed on them. This has also gotten them heard in the mainstream, and many say Fear Factory is a "stepping stone" for mainstream listeners to venture deeper into the underground."] [http://www.drownedinsound.com/bands/491 www.drownedinsound.com] "LA's Fear Factory were once named Ulceration. They originally formed in 1989, but when the new decade dawned, it probably occurred to them that Fear Factory was a much better name for a combination of thrash metal, death metal, groove metal, industrial metal, metal metal and probably some other metals."] [http://edmontonmusic.com/bands/fear+factory.html edmontonmusic.com] ""Ulceration" was not picked for any real reason other than that Burton C. Bell and/or other members thought it would "just be a cool name" for the band. They then renamed to Fear Factory in 1990. Characterized by a mix of thrash metal/groove metal guitar riffs..."] [http://www.raymondherrera.com/site/companies.php www.raymondherrera.com] "Fear Factory Fear Factory was formed on October 31, 1990 in Los Angeles, California by ex-guitarist Dino Cazares and drummer Raymond Herrera. Characterised by a mix of thrash metal (though Fear Factory sound more in the vein of groove metal) guitar riffs, roaring vocals that make way for melodic singing, pulse driven drum beats, and powerful basslines..."] The resultant sound proved to be enormously influential on the metal scene from the mid-90s and onwards.cite web |author= Russ, Brian |url= http://www.bnrmetal.com/v2/bandpage.php?ID=FeFa |title= Fear Factory |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "BNR Productions"] Fear Factory is also notable among metal bands for their heavy use of science fictionelements in their songs and concept albums. Their most recent album, "Transgression", described as a more experimental and atypical effort, has also contained elements of pop musiccite web |author= Terry, Nick |url= http://www.decibelmagazine.com/features/oct2005/fear_factory.aspx |title= Fear Factory |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= " Decibel magazine"] and progressive metal.
Fear Factory disbanded in March 2002 following some internal disputes, but they reformed later that year minus founding member
Dino Cazaresadding bassist, Byron Stroud, and casting then-bassist Christian Olde Wolbersas guitarist.
The band has toured with the likes of
Black Sabbath, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Slayer, System of a Down, Megadeth, Dream Theater, Mastodon, Misery Index and Rammstein; performed at three Ozzfests as well as the inaugural Gigantourand has had singles in the US Mainstream Rock Top 40 and albums in the Billboard Top 40, 100 and 200. They are currently in the pre-production stages of the recording of a new full-length album and, for the time being, are functioning independent of a record label.cite web |author= Krgin, Borivoj |url= http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=63178 |title= FEAR FACTORY Splits With LIQUID 8 RECORDS - Dec. 2, 2006 |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= " Blabbermouth.net"] Prior to 2001 they have toured around 2000 shows. They have sold over 1 million albums in the U.S. alone.
The early years
Fear Factory's roots lie in an outfit formed by guitarist
Dino Cazares(formerly of "The Douche Lords"cite web |author= Huey, Steve |url= http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:imk9kett7q7x~T1 |title= Fear Factory Biography |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= " Allmusic"] ) and drummer Raymond Herrerain Los Angeles, Californiain 1989. Their first line-up was completed with the addition of vocalist Burton C. Bell(ex-"Hate Face"), allegedly recruited by an impressed Cazares upon overhearing him singing New Year's Day by U2in the shower at a common boarding.cite web |author= Hook, James; Maske, Douglas A.; Rhoney, Stephen |url= http://www.fearfactoryfans.com/bio.php |title= Who is Fear Factory? |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "FearFactoryFans.com"] Cazares would also play studio bass in this early incarnation of the band.
They started out under the name Ulceration, apparently picked for no real reason other than that Burton C. Bell and/or other members thought it would "just be a cool name" for the band, but they subsequently shifted to Fear Factory in 1990; the new moniker being more reflective of their burgeoning new
death metalsound, influenced just as much by early British industrial metal, industrial musicand grindcoreas much as it continued to remain firmly rooted in a conservative extreme metalapproach; a facet of their music that eventually saw the band’s appeal spread out over a wider music audience.
The earliest demo recordings of the band are strongly reminiscent of the early works of
Napalm Deathand also Godflesh, an acknowledged influence of the band, in the grindcore driven approach of the former and the mechanical brutality, bleakness and vocal stylings of the latter. The demos are remarkable for integrating these influences into their death metal sound and for Burton C. Bell’s pioneering fusion of extreme death growls and clean vocalsin the same song, which was to become a significant and influential element of the band’s sound throughout their career. The use of grunts and "throat singing" combined with clean vocals has later defined the nu metaland newer genres of metal. Many vocalists, in today's metal scene, use two or more methods of singing and vocalizing lyrics. The band contributed two songs to the "L.A. Death Metal Compilation" in 1990. They played their first show on Wednesday, October 31, 1990.
In 1991, Fear Factory proceeded to record a series of cuts to comprise their debut album with the then relatively unknown producer,
Ross Robinsonin Blackie Lawless’ studio. However, due to the band being unhappy with the terms of their recording contract, the material was not released at the time.
They retained the rights to the songs, however, many of which they re-recorded with a different producer,
Colin Richardson, for inclusion on their actual debut release "Soul of a New Machine", in 1992. Meanwhile, Ross Robinson obtained the rights to the recording, which he used to promote himself, subsequently finding enormous success during the nü metal explosion of the mid-late 90s when he worked with bands such as Korn, Limp Bizkitand Slipknot; ironically, bands that had little in common with the Fear Factory of 1991. The recording itself was eventually given an official release through Roadrunner Recordsin 2002 under the title "Concrete" during the band’s interim demise. It was seen as a controversial release, being issued out of the band’s outstanding contractual obligations and without the approval of all of the band’s members.
Although fan opinion has been divided over whether the Ross Robinson production properly captures the intricacies of band’s sound, with the finished product favoring a more straight-up brutal approach and Robinson’s distinct drum sound, the “secret” album has nevertheless become an important document for fans of the early Fear Factory sound and can be seen as a bridge between the band’s sound on their demo recordings and that on their debut release, "Soul of a New Machine" as well as a source of the blueprints for some of the band’s later songs and
Based on the "Concrete" recording,
Max Cavalerarecommended them to the then death metal focused Roadrunner Records label, who proceeded to offer them a recording contract. While the band signed the contract at the time, it has since become the source of some controversy based on Roadrunner’s treatment of the band during the events surrounding their interim break up in 2002. This is supported by Burton C. Bell’s scathing lyrics on “Slave Labor” - the opening song on 2004’s "Archetype", the band’s first album after their reformation – that do not mince their words about the band’s feelings on the matter. Andrew Shiveswas hired as a live bassist prior to the release of their debut album.
"Soul of a New Machine"
Recorded with producer Colin Richardson and released in 1992, "Soul of a New Machine" was the band’s first exposure to the wider music scene and was seen as revolutionary for its pioneering industrial death metal sound, combining Bell’s harsh and melodic vocals, Herrera’s machine-like battery, the integrated industrial samples and textures and the sharp, down tuned rhythmic death metal riffs of Dino Cazares.
Due to the extreme nature of the music, the album was not successful in the mainstream and even today remains more of a cult favorite, never seeing the level of popularity attained by their later, more accessible works. Indeed, the band’s style progressively shifted further away from the death metal sound with every subsequent release and "Soul of a New Machine" can strictly be seen as Fear Factory’s final effort that lies firmly in the death metal camp.
The band added sampler/keyboardist
Reynor Diegoto the lineup and supported the album by embarking on extensive tours across the U.S. with Biohazard, Sepultura, and Sick Of It Alland a tour of Europe with Brutal Truth, then Cannibal Corpse, Cathedral, and Sleep. The following year, they hired Front Line Assemblymember Rhys Fulberto remix some songs from the album, demonstrating the band’s willingness to experiment with their music even at this early stage. The results took on a predominantly industrial/ technoguise, and were released as the " Fear Is the Mindkiller" EPin 1993 (both "Soul of a New Machine" and "Fear is the Mindkiller" were re-released together in a new re-mastered reissue by Roadrunner Records in 2004).
In 1994, Andrew Shives was forced to leave the band. In the same year, the band met a vacationing
Christian Olde Wolbers(originally from Belgium) in LA, through Evan Seinfeldof Biohazard, whom they recruited as their permanent bassist. Although Christian joined the band with immediate effect, due to tight studio deadlines and Cazares’ regular tweaking of the guitar parts on the next album, he was unable to record the bass parts on all of its songs, with Cazares recording the bass for the remainder of the tracks.
Fear Factory released their second album "Demanufacture" in 1995, featuring a slight thawing down in the overly brutal approach of the early recordings in favor of a more
industrial metalapproach, characterized by a mix of rapid fire thrash metal/industrial metal guitar riffs and tight, pulse driven drum beats, roaring (rather than growled, but still aggressive) vocals that made way for melodic singing and powerful bass lines.
The production was also more refined and the integration of atmospheric keyboard parts and industrial textures upon Cazares’ and Herrera’s precise musicianship made the songs sound clinical, cold and machine-like and gave the band’s music a futuristic feel; spearheading a sound described by some reviewers as ‘cyber-metal’. Many fans consider Rhys Fulber’s involvement with the band integral to this dimension of their sound. There were considerable contributions from Reynor Diego as well; adding samples, loops and electronic flourishes to the group dynamics.
"Demanufacture" is generally considered to be the band’s defining work and received much critical acclaim upon release, being awarded the maximum five K's rating in the UK’s
Kerrang!rock magazine. It went on to become a fairly successful album. While "Soul of a New Machine" failed to chart anywhere, "Demanufacture" made the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers charts and a video was filmed for the song "Replica". The song "Zero Signal" was featured on the "Mortal Kombat" film soundtrack in 1995. Instrumental versions of "Demanufacture" songs were later used in the " Carmageddon" video game for the PC.
Fear Factory spent the next few years touring with such bands such as
Black Sabbath, Megadethand Iron Maidenand appearing at the 1996 and 1997 Ozzfests, among other music festivals. During that time their jersey is seen in the video of Counterfeit by Limp Bizkit. In May 1997, the band released a new album composed of "Demanufacture" remixes by artists such as DJ Dano or Junkie XL(now known as JXL) called " Remanufacture - Cloning Technology", which marked the band’s first appearance on the Billboard 200and also appeared on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Roadrunner Records re-released "Demanufacture" and "Remanufacture" in a 10th Anniversary single package reissue in 2005, similar to that of "Soul of a New Machine" in 2004. This edition also includes bonus tracks from the digipakversion of "Demanufacture", which was also released in 1995.
July 1998, saw the release of Fear Factory’s third studio album, titled "Obsolete", with the band reportedly canceling an appearance at the
Dynamo Open Air Festivalto finish the album sooner.Fact|date=March 2007
"Obsolete" was similar in sound to "Demanufacture", but also saw the introduction of more
progressive metaland alternative metalelementscite web |author= Prato, Greg |url= http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:pdevad3ku8w1
title= Obsolete Review |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "
Allmusic"] and for the first time, featured Christian Olde Wolbers recording with the band in his full capacity as a band member. It also featured Dino Cazares incorporating 7-string guitars into Fear Factory's sound for the first time, paving the way for a lower-tuned sound than before. The album is also notable for Rhys Fulber’s increased involvement with the band.
While Fear Factory had explored the theme of “Man versus Machine” in their earlier work, "Obsolete" was their first actual
concept albumthat dealt specifically with a literal interpretation of this subject, telling a story called "Conception 5" written by Bell that takes place in a future world where mankind is rendered "obsolete" by the Machines, and features characters such as the “Edgecrusher”, “Smasher/Devourer” and the “Securitron” monitoring system. The story is presented in the lyrics booklet in a screenplay format in between the individual songs, with the printed story parts linking the lyrics of the songs together thematically.
Bell explained the concept in an interview as followsFact|date=March 2007:
Coincidentally released in the alternative metal boom of the late 90s, "Obsolete", supported by tours with
Slayerand later, Rammstein, along with a headlining spot on the second stage at Ozzfest in 1999 (as last-minute replacements for Judas Priest), went on to become the band’s highest selling album, marking the band’s first entry into the Top 100 on the Billboard charts. The album also spawned singles in "Descent" and in the digipakbonus track, "Cars", a cover of the famous Gary Numansong (featuring a guest appearance by Numan himself, on the song, as well as in its music video), that made the Mainstream Rock Top 40 in 1999 and was also featured in the video game, Test Drive 6. Incidentally, Numan also performs a spoken word sample on the album’s title track. A video was also filmed for the song, "Resurrection". To date, "Obsolete" remains the only Fear Factory album to have achieved gold sales in the US.
"Digimortal" and demise
The success of "Obsolete" and "Cars" was to be a turning point for the band, with Roadrunner Records now keen on capitalizing on the band’s sales potential and pressuring the band to record more accessible material for their follow-up album, titled "Digimortal", which was released in 2001.
While "Digimortal" remained consistent with the band’s lyrical evolution, with Bell now singing about Man and Machine having become merged and unable to be separated without immense harm being caused, musically, the shift to simpler, more radio friendly song structures lost the band some of its more extreme metal fans and the album is considered by some to be inferior to their earlier releases. Fan opinion, however, remains strongly divided between those who view the album as a colossal failure, those who associate it with the nü metal movement and others who contend that the sound is still the same Fear Factory at its core and praise the merits afforded by the Rhys Fulber production.
"Digimortal" made the Top 40 on the Billboard album charts, the Top 20 in
Canadaand the Top 10 of the Australian album charts. "Linchpin" off the album again reached the Mainstream Rock Top 40.
A remix of the song "Invisible Wounds" was included on the "Resident Evil" film soundtrack, and an instrumental
digipakbonus track called "Full Metal Contact" was originally written for the video game, "Demolition Racer".
VHS/ DVDrelease called " Digital Connectivity" was released soon after, in January 2002, which documents each of the four album periods of the band via interviews, live clips, music videos and tour/studio footage. The video is not generally seen as exceptionally well put together.cite web |author= "glumer" |url= http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fear-Factory-Digital-Connectivity-REGION/dp/B00005TQ49 |title= Could have been so much better |accessdate= 2007-03-15 |publisher= "Amazon.co.uk"]
Although "Digimortal" had a successful start, the sales did not reach anywhere near the levels of "Obsolete" and the band received little tour support. The direction of the album coupled with strong personal differences between some of the band members created a rift that escalated with time, to the point where Bell announced his exit in March 2002. The band disbanded immediately thereafter. The band’s contractual obligations remained unfulfilled however, and Roadrunner did not release them without controversially issuing the "Concrete" album (originally from 1991) in 2002 and the
b-sides and rarities compilation, " Hatefiles" in 2003.
During his time away from Fear Factory, Bell started his side project along with
John Bechdel, called Ascension of the Watchers, who released their first EP, "Iconoclast", independently via their online store in 2005.
Over time, it emerged that the rift between the members was largely between the guitarist Dino Cazares and the other members, particularly Bell.
Cazares was the first to speak out after the break-up, proceeding to make claims and allegations against Bell and the other members in May 2002 in a
Blabbermouth.netinterview.cite web |author= Krgin, Borivoj |url= http://www.roadrun.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=3437 |title= EXCLUSIVE: DINO CAZARES Speaks Out On FEAR FACTORY Split - May 13, 2002 |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= " Blabbermouth.net"] Almost all of these allegations were subsequently addressed and refuted by Herrera in a counter interview,cite web |author= Krgin, Borivoj |url= http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=3591 |title= Ex-FEAR FACTORY Drummer RAYMOND HERRERA: "DINO CAZARES Is Just A Bitter, Bitter, Fat Man" - May 20, 2002 |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= " Blabbermouth.net"] speaking on behalf of all the other members.
Olde Wolbers and Herrera got back together later in 2002 and laid the foundations for what was to become the return of Fear Factory. With Cazares now permanently out of the line up, Bell was approached with their demo recordings and was impressed enough to rejoin the band and Fear Factory was formed once again.
Byron Stroudof Strapping Young Ladwas approached to join the band as their new bassist, and has been their bass player since 2003.
Dino Cazares has continued recording and performing with his side project called
Asesino, a Mexican deathgrindband featuring Tony Camposof Static-Xon vocals. As of 2007, he has also started a new group called Divine Heresy, featuring Tim Yeung, formerly of Hate Eternaland Vital Remains, on drums.
Fear Factory made their live return as the mystery band at the Australian
Big Day Outfestival in January 2004, followed by their first American shows since reforming, on the spring Jägermeistertour along with Slipknot and Chimaira. The new lineup's first album "Archetype" was released on April 20th 2004 through new record label Liquid 8 Recordsbased in Minnesota.
"Archetype" saw Fear Factory returning to an alternative and partially industrial metal sound and is generally considered to be a strong and 'back-to-form' record, if not a particularly innovative effort, with most of the trademark elements of the band firmly in place.
Videos were shot for the songs "Cyberwaste", "Archetype" and "Bite the Hand that Bleeds", with the latter featuring on the "Saw" film soundtrack. Further tours with Lamb of God and Mastodon in the US and with
Mnemicin Europe put the band back on the worldwide metal map. The new Fear Factory has largely abandoned the direct "Man versus Machine" theme prevalent on earlier releases in favor of subjects such as religion, warand corporatism.
To the surprise of many fans, Fear Factory soon revealed plans to subsequently record and release their next full-length album over a very short period of time with mainstream rock producer
Toby Wright(normally known to work with bands such as Kornand Alice in Chains). This was allegedly due to pressure from their new label, Calvin Records, who pulled back the album’s due date from four months away to just a month and a half, in order that the band would have a completed new album to support on the inaugural Gigantour, which they had been invited to participate on by Dave Mustaine.cite web |author= Yates, Rod |url= http://www.utopia.com.au/intv_fearfactory.php |title= Fear Factory |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "Utopia Records, Australia"]
The resultant album, "Transgression", was released barely a year after "Archetype" on
22 August 2005in the United Kingdom, and on the following day in North Americato highly polarized reviews, with some critics hailing the album as a diverse and progressive effort and other reviewers not receiving the record very well.cite web |author= Milburn, Simon |url= http://www.themetalforge.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=596 |title= FEAR FACTORY: Undercurrent |accessdate= 2007-03-15 |publisher= "The Metal Forge"] Although the album starts off as a Fear Factory record, subsequent songs include mellow/alt-rock numbers in "Echo of My Scream" (featuring Faith No More’s Billy Gouldon bass) and "New Promise", a pop-rocksong in "Supernova" and a faithful cover of U2’s poppy, " I Will Follow".
Christian Olde Wolbers has expressed disappointment with the finished product, calling it only half-finished, and has blamed the label for the severe time constraints imposed during the recording sessions and for the inclusion of the U2 cover, but Burton C. Bell has maintained that he is proud of the album and sees it as the band "stepping over boundaries".cite web |author= Krgin, Borivoj |url= http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=3591 |title= FEAR FACTORY Frontman Says 'Transgression' Is 'An Experimental Record' - Aug. 18, 2005|accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "
Blabbermouth.net"] Over 2005-2006, Fear Factory went on to promote the album on their successful "Fifteen Years of Fear" world tour in celebration of their fifteenth anniversary, inviting bands such as Darkane, Strapping Young Ladand Soilworkto join them on the US jaunt and Misery Index to join them on the European jaunt. Late 2006 saw Fear Factory tour the US once again on the "Machines at War" tour, with an all star death metal line-up of special guests in Suffocation, Hypocrisy and Decapitated, playing certain old classics from "Soul of a New Machine" such as "Crash Test" which they had not performed live in many years.
Fear Factory's eighth studio album will be produced by the band.cite web |author= “Myra” |url= http://www.fearfactoryforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=12605 |title= New Album News? |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "Fear Factory Forums"] Bell has confirmed that Fear Factory has recently parted ways with
Liquid 8 Recordsand it is currently unclear which label the new album will be released on. Burton C. Bell announced that Fear Factory are on hiatus due to his work with Ascension of the Watchers, and Wolbers and Herrera producing with Threat Signalsinger Jon Howardunder the moniker Arkaea.Fact|date=May 2008 Christian Olde Wolbers has contradicted this statement, saying he is currently working on tracking guitar parts for the new album.Fact|date=May 2008 Christian and Raymond are also working with Pat Lachman (ex- Damageplanvocalist) on a project titled Burn It All. According to their MySpace Page, the band will be releasing their new album, tentatively titled Nong 7, in 2009 followed by a World Tour.Fact|date=September 2008
Fear Factory’s innovative approach towards, and hybridization of the genres of industrial metal, death metal and alternative metal has had a lasting impact on heavy metal music ever since the release of their first album in 1992.
The band has often been called a "stepping stone"cite web |author= Anonymous |url= http://www.ugo.com/channels/music/features/bandsondemand/artist.aspx?artist=fearfactory&cat=metal |title= WHY WE LIKE ‘EM |accessdate= 2007-03-15 |publisher= "UGO.com"] leading mainstream listeners to venture into less-known/more extreme bands, and are consistently appreciated.
In the "Soul of a New Machine" re-release, Machine Head vocalist
Robert Flynn, Chimairavocalist Mark Hunter and Spineshankguitarist Mike Sarkisyan have cited Fear Factory as an influence in the liner notes. Robert Flynn stated his vocal style was influenced by Burton Bell's vocals and that Machine Head have been wrongly credited for the vocal style. Mark Hunter stated that Chimaira's drumming was heavily influenced by Raymond Herrera.
Modern bands such as
Mnemic, Scarveand Sybreedcontain significant influences of the band’s technique and have also credited a substantial debt of gratitude to the band.cite web |author= Stefanis, John |url= http://www.getreadytorock.com/pure_metal/mnemic.htm |title= Interview: Mnemic (Mircea) |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "www.getreadytorock.com"] cite web |author= Scarve |url= http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=51749824 |title= Official Scarve MySpace |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= " MySpace.com"] ;;;cite web |author= “CRITICALTOM” |url= http://www.geocities.com/criticaltom_2000/sybreed.html |title= Interview with Reality Entertainment recording artists: SYBREED |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= "Critical Mass Webjournal"] Peter Tägtgrenof Hypocrisy has said that “Fear Factory are close to our hearts” and that “"Soul of a New Machine" was the influence for me to start my other project, 'Pain'”.cite web |author= Anonymous |url= http://www.nuclearblastusa.com/news.archive5.html |title= HYPOCRISY |accessdate= 2007-03-14 |publisher= " Nuclear BlastAmerica"]
Burton C. Bell− vocals (1989−2002 2002-present)
Christian Olde Wolbers− bass (1994−2002) guitar (2002−present)
Byron Stroud− bass (2003−present)
Raymond Herrera− drums (1989−2002 2002-present)
Dino Cazares− guitar (1989−2002)
Andrew Shives− bass (1991−1994)
* Dave Gibney − bass, vocal (spoken word intro for "Big God/Raped Souls" on "Concrete") (1990−1991)
* Andy Romero − bass on "Concrete"
Rhys Fulber− samples/keyboards/programming/mixing
Reynor Diego− samples/keyboards (live and recorded on " Demanufacture") (1991−1995)
Steve Tushar− keyboards, programming, electronics
John Bechdel− keyboards (live and recorded on " Digimortal")
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