Fear Factory

Fear Factory

In the early '90s, many years before Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall started combining strangled growls with catchy vocal melodies, and Static-X and Rammstein began blended pounding staccato riffs and jackhammer beats with electronic samples, Los Angeles future-thinkers Fear Factory were reinventing both death metal and industrial rock with an arsenal of sonic styles. After releasing four critically acclaimed albums and two industrial remix EPs, selling over a million albums in the process.

Following a grueling tour with Machine Head in 2002, the creative core of Fear Factory imploded due to personal differences and sheer over-exertion. Guitarist and songwriter Dino Cazares went on to play with Brujeria and Asesino and vocalist Burton C. Bell took a few months off before eventually reforming the band and releasing two more records over the next few years. Without Cazares in the mix, however, Fear Factory was missing a key element of its sound and wound up feeling like a shadow of their former selves.

"It just didn't feel complete," says Bell. "I realized that Dino and I were a real integral part of Fear Factory and we needed each other to make it work, and without the both of us it lost that intensity."

As time passed, the chance of a reunion between Bell and Cazares seemed less and less likely. Then in April 2008, a full six years after they had last spoken, Bell, then touring with Ministry, ran into Cazares at the band's Los Angeles show and reopened the lines of communication. "I just said 'hey, how you doing?' and it started from there," Bell says. Not long thereafter Bell and Cazares were jamming again. With bassist Byron Stroud and drummer Gene Hoglan (Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad), Fear Factory was back and ready for action.

Kobra & The Lotus

WITH METAL now divided into countless sub-genres, it's refreshing to find an act who require no prefix before the music that they play.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS are the act in question, and the music they play is metal.

Not 'this' metal, or 'that' metal… just metal. Pure an' simple.

This is music played without compromise or apology – fuelled by the finest traditions of the genre, by the great names who have gone before, but with a keen eye on the future and the raw edge of youth to keep the pot boiling over.

HAILING FROM Canada and fronted by powerhouse vocalist KOBRA PAIGE, also the band's founding force, the defining factor here is a commitment to engage, entertain & excite, spear-headed by a live show that is crying out to be heard through larger amps in bigger venues…

"Kobra And The Lotus are the fire-breathing, female-fronted heavy metal bombshell. Classic, Priest-loving riffs. Powerhouse drummer. Singer who can belt the Halfordian high-notes ... these Canadian head-bangers can't return soon enough for us" – Classic Rock Magazine

OF COURSE, capturing the adrenaline-rush of a live show on record is never a straight-ahead task, but with Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy) acting as producer, along with Julius 'Juice' Butty, the band's debut album has been put to tape with as much energy & emotion as five musicians can muster in a secured environment, with no unnecessary gimmicks or off-point ideas to weaken the signal.

Scheduled for release in August 2012, with video track 'Welcome To My Funeral' already out there making its mark, it's clear that this band is now honed to a fine and dangerous point….

"Touring had a huge influence on us in terms of realizing which direction we wanted the new songs to go in," says Kobra. "We really wanted to take the live show and capture the spirit of that as best we could. It's all about the power and the glory, after all!"

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS. A new name, a new band, but one built to last… and to stimulate all of the senses along the way.

$25.00 - $30.00

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Friday, June 7 · Doors 8:00 PM at LVCS