Former Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell has spoken up about the band's newly appointed singer. Last month, the industrial-metal pioneers, now led by founding guitarist and lone original member Dino Cazares, finally unveiled their new frontman, Milo Silvestro, who was tapped to replace Bell after the OG vocalist quit Fear Factory in 2020 to focus on his own band Ascension of the Watchers.
The split was followed by both parties (Cazares and Bell) hurling barbs at one another in the press, and since then, Bell has only chimed in occasionally with his thoughts on Fear Factory's current iteration. In a new interview with the "Talk Toomey" podcast, Bell was asked how it feels to see his old band perform the songs that he co-wrote with a new vocalist behind the mic.
"It doesn't affect me at all," Bell replied, as transcribed by Blabbermouth. "To be honest, I haven't been this happy in a long time. More power to them, but I'm just moving forward in my own life, my own career, and I'm just trying to make a name for myself."
Elsewhere in the chat, Bell was asked if he'd watched any videos of Silvestro performing old Fear Factory songs. "No, I don't. I don't care to," he replied.
While he seemed intent on moving forward in his career and keeping Fear Factory in the past, Bell went on to say that he doesn't mind being asked about the band he spent 30 years fronting, and doesn't look back on that era with regret.
"Fear Factory, it's what I'm known for," he explained. "And the 30 years I had with Fear Factory were some of the proudest moments of my career. And everything I've ever done in Fear Factory I'm very proud of. Even some of the questionable things I've done in Fear Factory I'm still proud of. It was a great legacy."
Listen to Bell's full interview below.