NewsApril 19, 2012 10:12 PM ET5,305 views

Fear Factory announces new drummer

Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares has confirmed has confirmed the addition of Mike Heller (Malignancy, System Divide) to their lineup on drums. Cazares reposted a Sick Drummer news item, which reads as follows:
Due to conflicting obligations, Gene Hoglan recently had to step down from the Fear Factory throne, leaving it open for replacement. Dino Cazares came to us a while ago and asked if Sick Drummer Magazine could help the band find the ideal guy, and we were more than happy to make several suggestions, some of which actually flew out and auditioned in person. There were many amazing players auditioned in person and via video submission, but it had to unfortunately come down to only one guy. Dino, Burton C. Bell and Matt DeVries want to personally thank each and every guy who spent time learning the songs and to let you know this was one of the hardest decicions they have ever had to make, but in the end... Mike Heller was just the best fit for Fear Factory moving forward. Mike's abilities on the kit, transcribing notation, his feel, power and precision, are some of the best they have ever seen and they are very excited to welcome him to the Fear Factory camp. Here is what Mike Heller had to say about joining the band: "It is an incredible honor to be chosen as the new drummer for Fear Factory! It's something I never would have dreamt of as a kid listening to "Soul of A New Machine" and "Demanufacture" over and over again in middle school. It's also an incredible honor to be following in the footsteps of two of the most amazing and influential drummers in metal drumming history. I hope to continue their legacy, creating some of the most forward-thinking and innovative music available today." You may know Mike Heller for his work with Malignancy or more recently, System Divide. Regardless of what you know, Mike is one of the most talented drummers we know, as well as one of the best drum teachers in the industry. Mike himself studied at The Collective School of Music in NYC and has since instructed countless industry professionals and worked with them (on and off tour) to improve their technique, overcome muscle issues, gain control and a myriad of other characteristics of being a pro drummer. He is a super nice guy and an avid collector of drum gear! Aside from his regular playing, we can honestly say he is the most talented linear player we've ever seen and want to say congratulations and good luck!


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godfreyj0nes 4/19/2012 7:21:00 PM

farting sex

JACOBthejerkface 4/19/2012 7:24:11 PM

farting fun is amazing

anonymous 4/19/2012 7:37:47 PM

this guy rules

hatredoftheliving 4/19/2012 10:01:46 PM

inb4 Dino eats the new drummer.

anonymous 4/20/2012 12:47:05 AM

^ cute fat joke about one of the most legendary guitarists in all of metal. back to listening to asking alexandria for you, gay.

anonymous 4/20/2012 1:48:03 AM

matt devries is in fear factory now?

anonymous 4/20/2012 3:37:07 AM

anonymous 2 hours ago ^ cute fat joke about one of the most legendary guitarists in all of metal. back to listening to asking alexandria for you, gay. permalink | report abuse yeah, because FF is so fckin relevant...

anonymous 4/20/2012 3:44:07 AM

Shit band that should've broken up 10 years ago

TheLoudestGuyInTheRoom 4/20/2012 4:25:11 AM

Too bad FF and Raymond Herrera don't like each other anymore, that guy was/is a beast on the drums

LoydChristmas 4/20/2012 5:23:02 AM

new shit sucks do another Mortal Kombat soundtrack fggts

sandpaperseatbelts 4/20/2012 7:22:21 AM

FearFactory is fckING LEGENDARY!!! They've done more for metal than any of you ever will. That said ... get fcked and die!

anonymous 4/20/2012 7:39:16 AM

I agree. FF has been up and running before the 3/4 of you haters were born.

therearetoomanybands 4/20/2012 7:49:28 AM

Joe Rogan is stoked.

anonymous 4/20/2012 8:10:52 AM

I AM STOKED! Fear Factory destroys and their last album was fcking awesome. Probably their best since Demanufacture or Obsolete. And yes Devries is in Fear Factory now and Rob Arnold is in Six Feet Under. Pretty fcked up I know, but considering the last Chimaira album was a polished turd it kind of makes sense. That last Chimaira album was such a disappointment after how many great albums those dudes did in a row. But i guesss when you lose half of your lineup...

anonymous 4/20/2012 10:20:46 AM

drum trigger manufacturers are stoked

cgrind3000 4/20/2012 10:27:36 AM

Due to it being 2012, I do not give a flying fck in a ferris wheel.

duckduckfootloose 4/20/2012 11:06:47 AM

Well, I guess he's a pretty good drummer. But only if we're talking about linear players. Roe Jogan is stoked.

Snoopy2 4/20/2012 11:14:50 AM

New drummer same suck

anonymous 4/20/2012 11:17:04 AM

Andols>all fear factory drummers

anonymous 4/20/2012 12:01:51 PM

is it bad if I thought that Ray was still in the band?

anonymous 4/20/2012 12:15:36 PM

Yah that is bad you queer!

ineedsalt 4/20/2012 2:10:31 PM

hoglan can play fast, not move fast. amoebas his size are not swift

anonymous 4/21/2012 10:10:47 AM

Weird, I think I also indirectly learned that Fear Factory also has a new bass player. What happened to Byron?

anonymous 4/23/2012 8:34:48 AM

You diehard FF gays need to realize they stopped being relevant over a decade ago, so stop getting your gay panties in a bunch. D&D gays.

anonymous 4/23/2012 11:13:28 AM

Byron left. Now plays with 3 Inches of Blood.

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