Burton C. Bell

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Burton C. Bell
Burton C. Bell 2013.jpg
Bell performing with Fear Factory in 2013
Background information
Born (1969-02-19) February 19, 1969 (age 45)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres Industrial metal, thrash metal, death metal, groove metal, heavy metal, folk, ambient
Instruments Vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, sampler
Associated acts Fear Factory, Ascension of the Watchers, GZR, City of Fire, Primitive Race

Burton Christopher Bell (born February 19, 1969) is an American musician. Bell is best known as the frontman of the metal band Fear Factory where he is the only consistent member.[1] His singing style mixes clean vocals with death growls.

Career[edit]

Fear Factory[edit]

Main article: 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.

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

In 2012, Burton and Dino received the Revolver Golden Gods Icon award.[2]

Ascension of the Watchers[edit]

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.

Guest appearances[edit]

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.

Burton 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. Burton 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. Burton has joined with Byron Stroud to form City of Fire who released their debut album in August 2009.

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

Personal life[edit]

Bell was one of the young audience members in Nirvana's music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit."[5] Although there are only a few snippets of him in this video, Bell is most visible at 2:12 in the song and is the one in the middle of the pit wearing the white shirt with the blonde hair.

Discography[edit]

All appearances are as a vocalist, unless mentioned otherwise.

Band Release date Title
Fear Factory 1992 Soul of a New Machine
Fear Factory 1995 Demanufacture
G/Z/R 1995 Plastic Planet
Fear Factory 1998 Obsolete
Spineshank - guest 1998 Strictly Diesel
Kilgore - guest 1998 A Search for Reason
Soulfly - guest 1998 Soulfly
Static X - guest 2000 The Crow: Salvation
Fear Factory 2001 Digimortal
Fear Factory 2002 Concrete
Fear Factory 2004 Archetype
Fear Factory 2005 Transgression
Ascension of the Watchers 2005 Iconoclast (EP)
Soil - guest 2006 True Self
Ministry - guest 2007 The Last Sucker
Ministry - guest 2007 Cover Up
Ascension of the Watchers 2008 Numinosum
M.A.N - guest 2008 Peacenemy
City of Fire 2010 City of Fire'
Fear Factory 2010 Mechanize
Delain - guest 2012 We Are The Others
Fear Factory 2012 The Industrialist
City Of Fire 2013 Trial Through Fire

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Fear Factory". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/metal-hammer-golden-gods-awards-2012-icon-award-sponsored-by-zippo/
  3. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. "Biography: GZR". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Discography". Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS - Burton C. Bell", by Vassil Varbonov, Tangra Megarock, 2 March 2008