Fear Factory played the Noise in the Machine Tour along with Shadows Fall and the Browning.

May 21, 2012 at the Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA

Fear Factory
Shadows Fall

About Fear Factory

In 1989, Fear Factory formed as an American heavy metal band in Los Angeles. Throughout their career, they have released ten full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of sounds, all in their main style of industrial metal. The band has experienced frequent changes in its lineup, with only lead vocalist Burton C. Bell serving as the sole consistent member for 31 years until his departure in 2020. Currently, there are no original members remaining in the band’s lineup aside from guitarist Dino Cazares.

In March 2002, Fear Factory went on hold following some internal disputes, but resumed activity a year later without founding member Cazares. Former bassist Christian Olde Wolbers replaced him as the new guitarist, and Byron Stroud joined as the bassist. In April 2009, a new lineup was announced with Cazares returning as guitarist, Gene Hoglan as drummer, Bell and Stroud reprising their respective roles. This lineup recorded the band’s seventh studio album titled Mechanize (2010). However, former members Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, both of whom were playing in Arkaea, disputed the legitimacy of the new lineup, leading to a legal battle from both parties.

Despite this, Fear Factory has continued to release albums, including The Industrialist (2012), Genexus (2015), and Aggression Continuum (2021). The band has performed at four Ozzfests and the inaugural Gigantour, with their singles charting on the US Mainstream Rock Top 40 and albums on the Billboard Top 40, 100, and 200. Fear Factory has sold over a million albums in the U.S. alone.

About Shadows Fall

In 1996, Boston, Massachusetts-based American metalcore band Shadows Fall formed. Although the band has undergone several line-up changes, for most of its recording career, it has consisted of Jon Donais (lead guitar, backing vocals), Matt Bachand (rhythm guitar, clean vocals), Paul Romanko (bass), Brian Fair (lead vocals), and Jason Bittner (drums).

Shadows Fall has released seven studio albums, two compilation albums, and two DVDs. Moreover, the band’s first album featured Philip Labonte (of All That Remains) on lead vocals. However, he was soon replaced by Fair. David Germain played drums on Shadows Fall’s first two studio albums; however, Bittner joined the band full-time in 2002. In 2008, the band received a Grammy Award nomination for the song “Redemption” from the album Threads of Life. Additionally, in 2012 the band released, Fire From the Sky, with Adam Dutkiewicz as the producer.

In 2014, Shadows Fall announced an indefinite hiatus and wrapped up what was intended to be their farewell tour. However, the band reunited for its first show in six years in December 2021 in their native Massachusetts. Furtehrmore, they have discussed the possibility of recording new material.

On June 22, 2021, vocalist Brian Fair confirmed that Shadows Fall was reuniting for their first show in over half a decade at the Worcester Palladium with supporting acts including Unearth, Darkest Hour, Within the Ruins, Sworn Enemy, and Carnivora.