Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell has collaborated with artis Noel Guard on a graphic novel based on the group’s 2012 album The Industrialist.
“As far as I can remember I have been a a fan of science fiction,” Bell says in a description of the project on his website. “Watching episodes of Twilight Zone and Star Trek led me to read Robert A. Heinlein by the time I was 8.”
The Industrialist was conceived as a science-fiction concept album. In 2012, Bell explained to KNAC that “the protagonist (The Industrialist) is the incarnation of all industries in the form of an automaton. The mechanical, technological, and scientific advances through the industrial age led to the creation of The Industrialist. In the story, the automaton becomes sentient as it collects memories with each passing day. Through observation and learning, it gains the will to exist. What was meant to help man, will eventually be man’s demise.”
The Industrialst graphic novel completes the concept. “That album is the soundtrack to this novel, and it follows the story within these pages,” Bell told explains. “Noel Guard has accurately rendered the characters and scenes, and he captured the images as I saw them in my own mind. I foresee a great future for Mr. Guard.”
Fear Factory’s next album, Genexus, is slated for an August 7 release. The Industrialist graphic novel comes out the following month. Tip: LoudWire