Burton C. Bell Returns with a Vengeance

(PR) Burton C. Bell (of Fear Factory fame) is a busy man! His brand new project, ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS, is readying its debut release, he is heading out on the road as a special guest with MINISTRY, he appears on the upcoming MINISTRY & Co-Conspirators album and he recently became a Dad for the second time. Any one of these things could overwhelm a lesser artist, but Bell forges ahead to fully realize his 'dreams.'

Bell recently told MTV.com "The musical vibe, artwork and title for the band's full-length debut stemmed from a dream (I) had in 2000. In it, (I) was traveling through vast expanses and came to a clearing where (I) saw a burning tree. The branches were silhouetted against the bright sky and (I) was struck with a sense of peace and awe…" This experience, according to one of the forefathers of psychology Carl Jung, is called a numinosum (a mystical or religious experience that occurs within oneself) and thus Bell named the album.

Numinosum was made with friends John Bechdel (Ministry, Killing Joke) and Edu Mussi (Still Life Decay) and it makes its debut on February 19th, 2008 on 13th Planet Records. The music flies in the face of Bell's previous work, instead of sounding like FEAR FACTORY's raging Industrial music.

MINISTRY's C U LaTouR will hit the road in Spokane, WA on March 25th and will run through May 9th in Chicago, IL. Bell's role on the tour will be singing the songs he appeared on The Last Sucker, as well some classic Ministry songs. "Anything that he wants me to sing, I am there for him!"

Bell's contribution to the MINISTRY & Co Conspirators COVER UP album is a rousing cover of The Rolling Stones' classic "Under My Thumb." "When Al told me that he was going to cover a Rolling Stones song, and that he wanted me to sing it, I was curious and excited. I was picturing a later song, one that had raunchy vibe. I was surprised to learn that it was 'Under My Thumb'," he said "That was a song that usually flew under my radar, however, when I started reading the lyrics, I was totally surprised and impressed even more with Mick Jagger. I had a lot of fun recording this song with Al!," he added. The track will hit radio in February and the covers album will be out April 1, 2008.

Burton and his wife Amy, and daughter Violet Morning welcomed new son on December 19, 2007. Atticus Wolf Bell joins the family, lending inspiration to his father's upcoming foray into the music of his dreams.

Catch ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS on the road in February…
February 18 – New York, NY –The Chapel Of Sacred Mirrors – RELEASE EVENT
February 19 - Washington DC - The Red and The Black
February 20 - Passaic, NJ - Loop Lounge
February 21 - Philadelphia, PA - The Khyber

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