Burton C. Bell

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Burton C. Bell
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Bell performing with Fear Factory in 2013
Background information
Born (1969-02-19) February 19, 1969 (age 50)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres Industrial metal, thrash metal, death metal, groove metal, heavy metal, folk, nu metal, ambient, alternative metal
Instruments Vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, sampler
Associated acts Fear Factory, Ascension of the Watchers, GZR, City of Fire, Ministry

Burton Christopher Bell (born February 19, 1969) is an American musician and vocalist. Bell is best known as co-founder and frontman of the metal band Fear Factory. [1] His singing style mixes clean and shouted vocals with death growls.

Fear Factory American metal band

Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. Throughout the band's career, they have released nine full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of styles, including nu metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory was enormously influential on the heavy metal scene in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Death growl voice type

A death growl is a vocal style usually employed by death metal singers but also used in other heavy metal styles, such as metalcore. Death growls are sometimes criticized for their "ugliness". However, the harshness of death growls is in keeping with death metal's abrasive music style and often dark and obscene subject matter. The progressively more forceful enunciation of metal vocals has been noted from heavy metal to thrash metal to death metal.

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Career

Fear Factory

Prior to his role in Fear Factory, Bell was in the band Hate Face. In 1989 after Hateface disbanded, his housemate Dino Cazares invited him to meet a drummer (Raymond Herrera) to possibly work with. On October 31, 1990, Bell, Cazares, Herrera and Romero jammed for the first time in a studio in South Central L.A.. The group recorded four studio albums before Fear Factory disbanded temporarily in 2002. The band reformed in 2004 with Christian Olde Wolbers switching from bass to guitar and Byron Stroud on bass. This line-up recorded two albums. During the following period of inactivity within the band, Cazares and Bell patched up their differences, and in 2009 decided to have Fear Factory return to form.

Raymond Herrera is best known as the former drummer and founding member of the heavy metal band Fear Factory. He was also the drummer for his former band Brujeria and the drummer for industrial metal band Arkaea.

Christian Olde Wolbers guitarist

Christian Olde Wolbers is a Belgian musician, songwriter, and producer who is the bassist and backing vocalist of the heavy metal band Powerflo. He is the former bassist, guitarist and backing vocalist of the heavy metal band Fear Factory, and is also in the hardcore punk/crossover thrash band Beowülf.

Bell is the only member to have appeared on every Fear Factory release.

In 2012, Bell and Cazares received the Revolver Golden Gods Icon award. [2]

Ascension of the Watchers

After Fear Factory's hiatus in 2002, Bell went on to form Ascension of the Watchers with John Bechdel at Bechdel's studio in Mifflinburg, PA. The Watchers released an online only selling EP entitled Iconoclast in 2005. On February 19, 2008, Ascension of the Watchers released their first full-length album Numinosum.

Ascension of The Watchers is a band that was started by Burton C. Bell and John Bechdel. They wrote and recorded their first release, Iconoclast, at Bechdel's home in rural Pennsylvania. Iconoclast was originally released on 12" vinyl but has since been released on CD.

John Bechdel American keyboardist

John Bechdel is an American keyboardist, and has been a part of bands such as Ministry, Fear Factory, Abstinence, Prong, Killing Joke, Murder, Inc. and Brian Brain. He has since worked with False Icons and Ascension of the Watchers.

Guest appearances

Bell has performed guest vocals on many records in addition to taking lead vocal duties for G/Z/R's Plastic Planet album released in 1995. [3] Due to commitments with Fear Factory, Bell was not the vocalist for G/Z/R's second album, Black Science .

GZR

GZR was an American heavy metal band led by Black Sabbath bassist/lyricist Geezer Butler. The band has actually been marketed with three different names on their three releases. In 1995, the band was marketed as g//z/r. In 1997, it was merely geezer, and in 2005, it was GZR. Most fans refer to the band as Geezer, although Butler himself refers to the band name as "gee-zed-R." This incarnation of the band is not to be confused with Geezer's previous attempt in 1985 to form a solo band, then known as The Geezer Butler Band - the two bands are completely unrelated.

<i>Plastic Planet</i> 1995 studio album by GZR

Plastic Planet is the debut studio album by GZR, a heavy metal band featuring Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath. The album features Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell.

<i>Black Science</i> 1997 studio album by GZR

Black Science is the second studio album by heavy metal band GZR. It was released on July 1, 1997 by TVT Records. The cover art for this album is intended to represent the Black Sabbath song "Hand of Doom".

Bell recorded a track for UK metal band This Is Menace, the track was then cut out of the final edit from the album No End In Sight. Bell performed live in the encore segments of the Ministry 2008 Tour singing songs such as Stigmata, Thieves and So What taking over vocal duties from Al Jourgensen. Bell has joined with Byron Stroud to form City of Fire who released their debut album in August 2009.

This Is Menace was a British metalcore supergroup formed in 2004.

Bell featured on Delain's 2012 album We Are The Others, providing vocals for the track "Where is the Blood". [4]

Bell was featured on Chris Vrenna's project Tweaker on the song "I am The One", intended to appear on the album The Attraction to All Things Uncertain . When Vrenna reedited the album, Bell's song was cut only to be included in a DVD instead.

Discography

All appearances are as a vocalist, unless mentioned otherwise.

BandRelease dateTitle
Fear Factory 1992 Soul of a New Machine
Fear Factory1995 Demanufacture
G/Z/R 1995 Plastic Planet
Fear Factory1998 Obsolete
Spineshank - guest1998 Strictly Diesel
Kilgore - guest1998 A Search for Reason
Soulfly - guest1998 Soulfly
Static X - guest2000 The Crow: Salvation
Fear Factory2001 Digimortal
Fear Factory2002 Concrete
Fear Factory2004 Archetype
Fear Factory2005 Transgression
Ascension of the Watchers 2005Iconoclast (EP)
Soil - guest2006 True Self
Ministry - guest2007 The Last Sucker
Ministry - guest2007 Cover Up
Ascension of the Watchers 2008Numinosum
M.A.N - guest2008 Peacenemy
City of Fire2010City of Fire
Fear Factory2010 Mechanize
Delain - guest2012 We Are The Others
Fear Factory2012 The Industrialist
City of Fire2013Trial Through Fire
Fear Factory2015 Genexus
Ministry - guest2018 AmeriKKKant

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