Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares held off announcing the band’s new singer for nearly two years. He previously told Australia’s Wall Of Sound that he had to prepare the band’s new vocalist for the criticism headed his way.
Following an exhaustive process that saw that band try out some 300 different frontmen, on Tuesday Cazares made the announcement that the band selected Milo Silvestro for the position.
“It’s time to introduce the world to our new vocalist,” the guitarist said. “The search was long and meticulous, but I know for sure we got the right guy. It is a big week for us in Fear Factory as we make our final preparations for our return to the live stage touring across the U.S., beginning February 25 on the ‘Rise Of The Machine’ tour. We can’t wait to get out on the road and start kicking some ass. ‘The Machine Will Rise’.”
Silvestro commented saying: “This is a huge opportunity for me. I’ve been a fan of the band for many years and it feels very surreal but I’m excited to be part of it. I know I have some massive shoes to fill but I’m here to do it in the best way possible and give justice to the vocal legacy of this legendary band.”
The band also released a short documentary about their new singer. Silvestro got the gig after Cazares spotted the singer’s videos of him performing covers of Fear Factory songs.
An Italian musician, Silvestro plays electronic metal under the name Dead Channel.
“Both my parents are pro musicians,” Silvestro said in the video announcement that revealed his involvement this week. “My mom is a vocal coach; my dad is a professional blues guitar player and songwriter.”
He was 12 when he “started playing drums and percussion,” the singer added. “That was my main passion … for rhythm and groove.” However, with metal, Silvestro found a way to “let certain things out of my system,” he explains. “To start with lyrics and start learning how to scream, how to do metal vocals.”
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