Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory Picks His Five Favorite Albums of the Year

Leading up to the end of the year, Revolver has asked some of our favorite artists to pick their Top Albums of 2013. Here, Burton C. Bell (pictured left), vocalist of Fear Factory, selects his faves.

Fear Factory released The Industrialist in 2012.

1. Mark Lanegan Band, Blues Funeral “I cannot stop listening to this album. There are four songs in a row that are my favorite, and I go to these songs directly–‘Ode to Sad Disco,’ ‘Phantasmagoria Blues,’ ‘Quiver Syndrome,’ and ‘Harborview Hospital.’ These songs encompass his vibe perfectly for this album.”

2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away “This album is a great return to a classic sound for The Bad Seeds. His maturity and mastering of his craft shine through. A great album from start to finish. I saw this tour in New York City, and the live version of ‘Push the Sky Away’ was intense.”

3. Gary Numan, Splinter “The master of electro is back. This album is a masterpiece in his catalog. He has been influencing artists for three decades–from Nine Inch Nails to Marilyn Manson to myself. Now he is taking from his descendants and making the ideas his own. It is apparent Gary is very human when he sings his words. They are fully passionate and beautifully painful. If you have the latest Nine Inch Nails release, you need to hear Splinter. You will learn who the master is.”

4. Transport League, Boogie from Hell “I became a fan of this band back in the ’90s. They set a standard for Swedish rock. Great hooks, great beats and SICK vocals. I became a fan of Tony Jelencovich immediately. The best voice in rock/metal to date! After a long hiatus, Transport League have returned with a smoking hot album, chocked full of their signatures that made me very happy as I was listening to it the very first time!”

5. Czar, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive “I love getting an album from a new band that really rocks my world! This album is fantastic. It’s a sound that borders on industrial metal with grind and Chicago post-punk tendencies. So happy I got to meet these guys. They rule!”


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  • Average Joe

    Thank You! Finally one of these “artist favorites” lists that is some obscure shit. I haven’t heard of any of this other than Gary Numan, and I didn’t know he was still putting out albums. Thank you Burton for giving me some new stuff to check out.

  • DiaboloRossonero

    Transport League sounds really good.

  • D Johnson

    I’m really digging Czar…gonna have to check out these guys a little more!

  • Metalsteph

    I wish Burton liked METAL!

  • John Paul Robertson

    Thank you Burton for these awesome favorites!