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Please find enclosed an information-filled press release regarding the return of LA's FEAR FACTORY and their succecssful first week of sales.
In addition to statistical information, the release features news about the band's other endeavors, including an upcoming television appearance on G4TV (a videogame-centric channel that is carried across the country via Comcast, Insight and AT&T Broadband digital cable systems), their appearance on new soundtracks, and their continued tour with SLIPKNOT.
If you would have an interest in receiving a copy of the band's new album 'Archetype', interviewing with the band, posting the news item, or attending one of the upcoming performances, please let me know, and I will be glad to accommodate you.
For Immediate Release:
FEAR FACTORY Ignites America with Billboard Top 40 Debut!
Archetype Premieres at #30 on First Week Charts
Band Continues Rampaging Trek Across Nation on Jagermeister Tour with Slipknot
Like a gale force, Los Angeles’s FEAR FACTORY has returned and made an
indelible score in the minds and hearts of America. After a near disintegration last year, FEAR FACTORY regrouped, and entered 2004 strengthened and reinvigorated. This new hunger led the band to create one of its most remarkable efforts of their careers, the Liquid 8 Records debut Archetype, which has just debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Sales Chart at #30.
Selling in excess of 31,000 units in its first week, FEAR FACTORY has been bringing its message of resilience throughout the spring on the Jagermeister Tour with Slipknot and Chimaira. Drummer and founding member Raymond Herrera is energized by the news of the progress: "This is a very exciting time for us; we have our fans to thank for their support and Liquid 8 Records to thank for their hard work and trust."
Through a multi-pronged promotional effort, the band has achieved widespread awareness, which amplifies daily. The initial press run of Archetype includes one limited edition bonus DVD with every CD, and comes in two variations: one containing Australian Tour w/ Korn, 2004, a live concert, and the other offering Fear Factory Documentary: The Making Of Archetype. In addition to this, random Archetype CDs contain a special promotional ticket with a 9-digit bonus code, which directs fans to www.liquid8records.com to access exclusive bonus content online, and to register their code to see if they won a ‘Golden Ticket’. The ‘Golden Ticket’ winner will receive a trip for two anywhere in the continental US to see Fear Factory perform live and to meet the band. Thus far, ticket submissions have been overwhelming.
A remix version of the song “Archetype” is featured not only in the Sony PlayStation game NFL Gameday 2004, but also on the Galerians: Rion CD soundtrack & DVD movie (a computer-animated film based on the popular Sony PlayStation videogame, which was release April 6th through Image Entertainment), as well as the soundtrack for the fourth film in the Mischief street-racing film series Mischief Invasion. Drummer Raymond Herrera and guitarist Christian Olde-Wolbers composed four additional songs that are featured on the soundtrack as well.
Archetype’s debut video “Cyberwaste” is currently #4 on CVC Rock/Alternative Chart for the month of May, and is in recurrent rotation on Fuse TV’s Uranium and MTV2’s Headbangers Ball programs. FEAR FACTORY recently co-hosted an episode of Headbangers Ball, which aired on April 24th and April 27th. They will be spotlighted on Fuse’s Uranium in June. The band also filmed a superb episode of the videogame-playing-centric Players program, which will premiere on G4 Television on Monday, May 3rd at 10:30pm EST/7:30pm PST.
FEAR FACTORY’s radio success has been nothing short of phenomenal, with the new single “Archetype” already added to WJXQ (Lansing), WBYR (Ft Wayne), KSRX (San Antonio), KRPX (Corpus Cristi), WKOZ (Saginaw), WRIF (Detroit) and many others. The previous single “Cyberwaste” currently yields the #1 spot on CMJ Crucial Spins, #2 on CMJ Loud, #2 at FMQB and #4 at R&R Specialty.
Press has also become enthralled with the technical/organic fury of Archetype. Computer Games Magazine: Now Playing says, "Fear Factory is at its productive best." FHM Magazine attests that the return is "Heavier than ever!" Metal Edge Magazine cites it as "One of the most important albums of the year." And Revolver Magazine calls it "Raw and ripping."
Archetype’s debut success echoes throughout Europe as well. In Germany the album entered at #27, in Holland #52, in France #50, in the UK #41, and in Australia the record achieved #18 on the sales chart.
Michael Catain, CEO of Liquid 8 Records & Entertainment enthuses on the motivation of the FEAR FACTORY project: “I knew after meeting these guys that they had the ability to put together a fantastic record. They delivered what I believe is their finest endeavor ever. The record has given me the ability to introduce the band to a realm of radio exposure where they previously were not granted the opportunity. I believe in this band so much that we are looking at the possibility of giving them a label deal to bring in other acts to enhance the freshness and diversity that has made Liquid 8 what it is today.”
Following the conclusion of the Jagermeister Tour, FEAR FACTORY is headed to Europe to light up the major festival circuit and then return to America for a complete tour beginning in July.
Current FEAR FACTORY tour dates include:
Friday, April 30th Houston, TX, Verizon Wireless Theatre
Saturday, May 1st Dallas, TX, Nokia Live
Sunday, May 2nd Oklahoma City, OK, Bricktown Events Center
Tuesday, May 4th Denver, CO, The Fillmore
Wednesday, May 5th Salt Lake City, UT, The Venue
Friday, May 7th Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
Saturday, May 8th Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues
Sunday, May 9th San Diego, CA, Soma
Tuesday, May 11th Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheater
Friday, May 14th Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Saturday, May 15th Reno, NV, Sparks (HEADLINE)
Monday, May 17th Seattle, WA, Graceland (HEADLINE)
Tuesday, May 18th Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom (HEADLINE)
Wednesday, May 19th Portland, OR, Roseland Theater (HEADLINE)
Friday, May 21st Ventura, CA, Ventura Theater (HEADLINE)
FEAR FACTORY; creating music for tomorrow, today.