Fear Factory's Final Fling Delays Recording

December 5 [16:00 EDT] -- Fear Factory is overseas opening two sold-out stadium shows for the original Black Sabbath in the latter's hometown of Birmingham, England December 4 and 5 before headlining their own concert in London on Sunday, December 7.

The band was supposed to be working on their long-awaited new album, but when the invitation came from Ozzy Osbourne, it was irresistible. Osbourne is a major Fear Factory fan -- as evidenced by their past invitations to participate in Ozzfest and other Osbourne endeavors.

Fear Factory will be returning home to Los Angeles next week to continue writing and pre-production probably until late January at which point they head to Vancouver to put their efforts to tape with producers Rhys Fulber and Greg Reely. The record's working title is "Obsolete," although a spokesperson for the band says it's "likely to change 100 times" before its release.

The band's last album was "Demanufacture" in 1995 although they released

a new CD last May with Demanufacture remixes called "Remanufacture."

In related news, Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares is working on a side project called Unibomber which features vocal appearances by Faith No More's Mike Patton.