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Also known as  Asesino
Name  Dino Cazares
Labels  RoadRunner

Years active  1984–present
Instruments  Guitar, bass, drums
Role  Musician
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Born  September 2, 1966 (age 49) El Centro, California (1966-09-02)
Genres  Heavy metal, industrial metal, death metal, metalcore, groove metal, alternative metal, deathgrind, deathcore
Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter producer
Music groups  Fear Factory, Divine Heresy, Brujeria (1989 – 2004), Asesino (Since 2002)
Movies  Roadrunner United: The Concert, Roadrunner United: The All-Star Sessions
Albums  Corridos de muerte, Demanufacture, Matando gueros, Mechanize, Remanufacture – Cloning Technology

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Dino Cazares, (born in El Centro, California) is an American musician, known for being a co-founder and guitarist for industrial metal group Fear Factory. He is also the co-founder of the metal bands Divine Heresy and Asesino. He also popularized the use of digital amp modelling processors for 7 and 8 string guitars in metal music. Cazares was a co-founding member of super-group Brujeria.


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Cazares was born in El Centro, California. Cazares met singer Burton C. Bell in 1989 and started a group under the name Ulceration, which was renamed to their current name Fear Factory in the following year with Raymond Herrera on drums. The band's first album, Soul of a New Machine, was dedicated to Cazares' mother, Natividad, and older brother, Joey. Before starting Fear Factory, Cazares was in the grindcore band Excruciating Terror, (quit after one month). Co-founded The Mexican death/grind side-project Brujeria formed in 1989 with members of Faith No More, Fear Factory, and others.

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When Fear Factory split up (temporarily) in 2002, Cazares returned to Brujeria, and released what was supposed to be the first of 13 Demoniaco Brujeria records (one for each member of Brujeria). He formed the band Asesino the same year, it featured himself with Static-X bassist Tony Campos on bass and vocals, and Emilio Marquez on drums. Fear Factory reformed later that year without Cazares. In 2005, Cazares was chosen as a team captain by Roadrunner A&R Monte Conner for the Roadrunner United album for which he wrote 4 songs and contributed with other Roadrunner Records artists.

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Cazares formed Divine Heresy in 2005, who released their debut album Bleed The Fifth in August 2007. The band got signed to Roadrunner Records and Century Media, and included Tim Yeung (All That Remains, Hate Eternal, Nile, Vital Remains, Morbid Angel) on drums, Thomas Cummings on vocals and (later on) Joe Payne (Nile) on bass. Cummings was terminated from the band in 2008 and was replaced by Travis Neal. Their second album Bringer of Plagues was released on July 28, 2009.

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In 2009, Cazares rejoined Fear Factory and has released 3 albums with them since. Divine Heresy has been inactive due to Cazares' commitment to Fear Factory and several departures that took place.

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Cazares has voiced a minor character in the adult swim TV show Metalocalypse.

Reformation of Fear Factory

On April 7, 2009, Cazares and ex-band mate Burton C. Bell announced the reconciliation of their friendship, and the formation of a new project with Byron Stroud (Strapping Young Lad) on bass and Gene Hoglan (Death, Strapping Young Lad, Dethklok) on drums. On April 28, this project was revealed to actually be a new version of Fear Factory, minus founding member Raymond Herrera and longtime member Christian Olde Wolbers. Bell, when asked why Herrera and Wolbers were not included, stated that "Fear Factory's like a business and I'm just reorganizing...We won't talk about [their exclusion]."

Technique and style

Cazares is often identified by his fast alternate picking rhythm guitar technique, timing palm muted triplets and syncopated sixteenth notes with double bass drumming. This has led to a distinctive "machine-gun" style identifiable in the music of Fear Factory. In previous Fear Factory albums, Cazares did not play any guitar solos in Fear Factory for stylistic reasons, but can be heard playing them in his other bands. However, the band's 2010 release, Mechanize, has several lead parts and solos.


Cazares' main guitars in Fear Factory are custom-made 7-string Ibanez models with Seymour Duncan Blackouts pickups installed, usually detuned a whole step (A,D,G,C,F,A,D; from Obsolete on) to allow for even lower registers. His main guitar in Asesino is an Ibanez prototype 8-string guitar (standard tuning with two extra basses: (F#,B,E,A,D,G,B, E) loaded with 2 Seymour Duncan Blackout 8 active pickups. Before using Ibanez guitars, his main instrument was a black custom shop ESP M 6-string guitar with a single EMG 81 in the bridge, detuned to B tuning. This can be seen in the video for the song "Replica". His first known Ibanez 7-string is an Ibanez Universe UV7SBK "Silver Dot", with a modified pick guard to fit a single passive pickup and a volume knob. He was also known to have an Ibanez Universe UV777BK with similar modifications, except with an EMG 7-string prototype instead of a passive pickup.

In January 2015, Ibanez announced a signature model for Dino Cazares, the DCM100. It is based on the Ibanez RGD platform, including the 26.5 scale, but features a mahogany body, maple neck with bubinga strip, offset dot inlays, Lo-Pro Edge tremolo, and a single Seymour Duncan Retribution pickup. This guitar makes Cazares one of only 4 Ibanez signature artists to have a signature 7-string guitar.

In the early days, his guitar tone derived from a modified Marshall JCM800 head with scooped mids and high treble settings to produce the thrashy, chugging tone which has been so influential to the metal genre. After it was stolen, he switched to the Line 6 POD Pro with a Mesa/Boogie tube power amp. This setup was used to record Digimortal. Currently with Fear Factory, Cazares endorsed the Line 6 Vetta II HD and POD X3 Pro processor with a Mesa/Boogie tube power amp with Mesa/Boogie oversized Rectifier 4x12 cabinets. When playing live, Cazares mostly uses the speaker cabinets for monitoring, or does not use them at all, since his signal is also run into the venue's PA. In 2011, Cazares replaced the POD X3 Pro for the most recent version, the POD HD Pro. He has also replaced his Mesa/Boogie tube power amp for a Matrix GT800FX 800W solid state power amp, and his Mesa/Boogie Rectifier 4x12 for a custom-built cabinet built by David Laboga. Sometime in 2012 or 2013, Cazares eventually switched from Line6 to Fractal Audio, making use of their Axe-FX II. This was short lived, as he would soon switch to using a Kemper Profiling Amp, an amplifier that could "profile" other guitar amps, allowing him to get a tone similar to previous albums.

With Divine Heresy, he used an old Marshall Valvestate VS100 head, Marshall JCM800, and a Peavey 5150 head boosted with an Ibanez TS-9.

In 2007, Cazares switched from EMG active pickups to Seymour Duncan AHB-1 Blackout active pickups, which he helped design with Duncan. In 2014, Seymour Duncan announce the Blackout Retribution pickups, which were a signature set of pickups designed with less output and more treble than a standard Blackout set.

Guitar Rig and Signal Flow

A detailed gear diagram of Dino Cazares' 2001 Fear Factory guitar rig is well-documented.


  • Point Blank (1994)
  • Asesino

  • Corridos de Muerte (2002)
  • Cristo Satanico (2006)
  • Studio albums

  • Soul of a New Machine (1992)
  • Demanufacture (1995)
  • Obsolete (1998)
  • Digimortal (2001)
  • Mechanize (2010)
  • The Industrialist (2012)
  • Genexus (2015)
  • EP

  • Fear Is the Mindkiller (1993)
  • Demo

  • Concrete (2002)
  • Compilations

  • Hatefiles (2003)
  • The Best of Fear Factory (2006)
  • Studio albums

  • Matando Güeros (1993)
  • Raza Odiada (1995)
  • Brujerizmo (2000)
  • EP

  • Marijuana (2000)
  • Divine Heresy

  • Bleed the Fifth (2007)
  • Bringer of Plagues (2009)
  • Roadrunner United

  • Roadrunner United (2005)
  • Atari Teenage Riot

  • 60 Second Wipe Out (1999)
  • Strife

  • In This Defiance (1997)
  • Junkie XL

  • Big Sounds of the Drags (1999)
  • Soulfly

  • Soulfly (1998)
  • Cypress Hill

  • Skull & Bones (2000)
  • References

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