Echogenetic is the eighteenth studio album by Vancouver industrial band Front Line Assembly, released on July 9, 2013. It was well charted in German and US charts. Critics commented on the band's return to a purely electronic approach and on the dubstep influence on the album. Front Line Assembly toured extensively in Europe and North America in support of this album and remix follow-up Echoes, which included a tour with vocalist and band leader Bill Leeb's former band Skinny Puppy; this was the last studio album to feature Jeremy Inkel before his death in 2018. Bill Leeb called predecessor album AirMech a "really cool warm-up" for the production of Echogenetic and added: "We just thought we should just continue on and evolve and keep that going for the new Front Line record."Leeb commented on the fact that the writing process in the band changed with the growing number of writers. "In the early days it was just me and Rhys and me and Chris", Leeb said, comparing the situation with the current composer line-up: "This time there were five of us: Jeremy and his friend Sasha were in one camp, Jared and his right hand guy Craig were in the other camp."
The process involved Leeb "jumping between two studios" and the group getting together "every two or three weeks and critique everything, go over things" and "add new elements to each others' work." Leeb expressed his relief. For the first time in their history the band set a deadline for an album to be completed; the band broke new ground for themselves with their style of songwriting. "With the new stuff, there's a process called ducking and chaining", explained Leeb, "it's focusing more on the actual sound and timing of it." According to Leeb, "it's what makes it sound different and interesting." In contrast to the experimental nature of the writing process, Leeb called the abandoning of guitars "really my only conscious effort this time." The reason for this decision was to "just go back to what influenced me when I started Front Line."Advancements in computer technology influenced the songwriting as well. Leeb stated that the use of virtual synthesizers and other software simplified composing, since the band need not enter a recording studio, made production more affordable.
This affected the working routine with long-time engineer and mixer Greg Reely: "With this new record, when we have songs we'd send them to Greg, he would mix and send them back and we'd spend a week listening and be'well, we like this' and'we want to change that'." Leeb emphasized the role Reely played in producing Echogenetic, saying, "when you work with him for over 25 years it just like with every good relationship, it just evolves." Thus Leeb considered Reely's work "a big bonus for us." Front Line Assembly revealed the album title on their official Twitter account on February 23, 2013, writing the title's letters in reverse order. First announcements of the release date stated Echogenetic was to be released early August or July 2013. In the wake of these announcements the band made further details of Echogenetic available. In April 2013 the cover and the track list were revealed. Metropolis published an excerpt of track "Prototype" as preview in June and followed up with full versions of tracks "Killing Grounds" and "Ghosts" shortly after.
One day before release, Revolver magazine released the complete album as Soundcloud stream. Echogenetic was released in various formats. Metropolis issued the album as digital download. Dependent offered a broader range of formats; the CD version was released as limited edition digipak and in regular jewel case while the vinyl version came with two LPs in gatefold and a download code. The vinyl edition was offered as part of a fan bundle that included a worker shirt. A fan edition that included the CD and an exclusive band T-shirt was available in Germany. With the release the band announced a remix album. Front Line Assembly supported Echogenetic and remix follow-up Echoes with extensive touring; the first tour in support of Echogenetic took place in Europe in August 2013 and covered dates in the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Supporting acts where German Industrial band Haujobb and – with the exception of two dates in Russia and Germany – Metropolis label mates iVardensphere.
The show in Moscow on August 9, 2013 at P! PL Club was sold out. Confirmed to headline the dates of Australian festival Fiend Fest in April 2014, the band was forced to cancel their appearance due to health issues of Bill Leeb. Front Line Assembly's planned performance at the Kinetik Festival in Toronto in May 2014 did not happen since the festival was cancelled altogether. However, after having announced some dates in March 2014, the band returned to Europe in June 2014 to further promote Echogenetic and Echoes with a tour that covered club shows and festival dates in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Sweden and France, they were supported by German electronic musician Daniel Myer's project Architect. At the Malmö show Swedish industrial band Rave The Reqviem joined the stage as additional support act. Shortly before the tour, Front Line Assembly announced there were plans in the making for additional shows in the United Kingdom in October. More detailed plans for a continuation of the tour activities in fall 2014 revealed that there would be no UK dates but only mainland Europe shows.
The band held promoters responsible for not being able to play in the UK as announced, commenting "Please understand that we can't pay to play. Blame the UK Promoters not the band." In September Front Line Assembly announced that former member Rhys Fulber would join the band as live
The Initial Command
The Initial Command is the first album released by Canadian industrial band Front Line Assembly, as their first two releases, Nerve War and Total Terror, were demo tapes. The music was created by Bill Leeb with some help from Michael Balch. Since the 1987 release of The Initial Command, the album has been re-issued twice; the first release, in 1992, contained no changes. The second release, in 1997, contained new cover art; the 1997 re-release incorrectly listed the second track "Core" as "Intelligence Dream" while the liner notes have the correct title. "Complexity" and "Core" appear to be new songs at the time of release. All tracks written except where noted. Bill Leeb – production, vocals Michael Balch – production, mixing Rhys Fulber Chris Peterson – mixing Carylann Loeppky – cover art David Rosychuk – design, artwork
The Remix Wars: Strike 2
The Remix Wars: Strike 2 is remix album of Canadian industrial band Front Line Assembly and German industrial band Die Krupps, released in 1996. It is subtitled "Front Line Assembly vs. Die Krupps", it is the second in a series of four remix albums. The liner notes of the album describes the concept: "Two different groups or projects fight each other using samplers, mixing consoles and creativity as their weapons." The first three tracks are from III - Odyssey of the Mind, the other tracks are from Hard Wired. All lyrics written except where noted. All tracks written by Rhys Fulber. Bill Leeb – programming, remixing Rhys Fulber – programming, remixing Greg Reely – engineering, mixing Jürgen Engler – guitar, remixing Chris Lietz – drum programming, remixing
Hard Wired is the eleventh album by Front Line Assembly, released in 1995. Hard Wired has sold at least 50,000 copies worldwide; the limited edition with 5,000 copies was sold out in two weeks. Coinciding with Front Line Assembly's tour through Europe in support of Improvised Electronic Device, Hard Wired was re-released in August 2011 by German label Black Rain Records as limited edition picture vinyl with a circulation of 500, it contains only seven songs and lacks the tracks "Mortal", "Modus Operandi" and "Transparent Species". On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Hard Wired in 2015, Canadian label Artoffact released a limited box set vinyl edition of the album with a circulation of 300 that included the Live Wired live album and the Circuitry single, all of which were remastered by Bill Leeb and Greg Reely. Circuitry is the only single taken from Hard Wired; the limited edition came as a two CD Digipak packaging with different artwork that didn't include the second CD. This CD, titled Circuitry Disc 2, was part of the limited edition box of Hard Wired and packed in a slipcase.
The first disc contains interactive content. It includes the official video for the track "Millennium" from the 1994 album of the same name and photo galleries; the data track is listed as first track titled "CD-ROM File" on the back cover. The track is only playable on computers running Windows and requires at least Windows 3.1. Disc 1 includes three remixes of "Circuitry" two of which are from Haujobb; the song "Epidemic" is a non-album track. The second disc includes another remix of "Circuitry" as well as non-album tracks "Destructive Transformation" and "Hydrogen"; the idea to involve other artists in remixing originated from the label Off Beat. Although the following single Plasticity did not appear on Hard Wired it evolved from the album's production process. "It is part of the same sessions", said Rhys Fulber in an interview with Sonic Boom Magazine. According to Fulber this was intentional and was done with the Virus single: "We kept it off the album to release It gives people a reason to check it out because if you release it as a single, on album no one is going to care."
Along with the original version and a Haujobb remix the single features non-album track "Replicant". A video clip was shot in Vancouver for the track "Plasticity" which received airplay on Much Music; the track "Plasticity" is featured in the article series 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time in COMA Music Magazine where it holds rank 70. Most tracks of the singles were re-released in 1999 through Off Beat on the compilation album Explosion, together with tracks from the Colombian Necktie and Comatose singles; this coincided with the release of Implode, met with Bill Leeb's disapproval. Plasticity was re-released in 2012 by German record label Infacted Recordings, limited to 1,000 copies; the rereleased version contains the "Fatalist" single and the "Prophecy" single as additional tracks. A remastered vinyl version of the single was issued in July 2015 by Artoffact. Among the tracks found on the original single it features another hitherto unpublished remix by Haujobb called "Plasticity".
Hard Wired makes extensive use of audio clips from a number of films, including these: True Romance In the Mouth of Madness Lifeforce Stargate Speed The Puppet Masters No Escape Romeo Is Bleeding The Crow Lethal Weapon Alien 3Some tracks use samples from Richard D. James songs, namely "Isopropanol" and "Dodeccaheedron" from his 1994 album Classics as well as "Isopropophlex" from his 1991 EP Analogue Bubblebath Vol I. Sound effects of the video game Doom can be heard on Hard Wired. All tracks written by Rhys Fulber. Bill Leeb – programming, electronic instruments Rhys Fulber – programming, electronic instruments Devin Townsend – electric guitar Greg Reely – engineering, mixing Delwyn Brooks – assistant engineering Dave McKean – design, photography
State of Mind (Front Line Assembly album)
State of Mind is the second album by electro-industrial artists Front Line Assembly. It was released in 1988 by Dossier, on both Compact Disc and LP format. State of Mind was released on Cleopatra Records with alternate artwork and a bonus track, "Inside Out". Band leader Bill Leeb said about choosing the label Dossier: "We just did it because I liked a lot of the other artists on the label." Cleopatra re-issued State of Mind on vinyl on April 29, 2016. This edition contains only 8 tracks. All tracks written by Bill Leeb. Bill Leeb – mixing, vocals Michael Balch – mixing Manfred Schiek – sleeve design Dave Ogilvie – editing
Caustic Grip is the eighth album by Front Line Assembly released on Third Mind Records in Europe and on WaxTrax! Records in the United States in 1990; the album was the first without co-founding member Michael Balch after Rhys Fulber became a full-time member of the band. Intended to record the successor to Gashed Senses & Crossfire together with Leeb, Balch took on tour obligations for Ministry and Revolting Cocks. Leeb started working with Fulber. Fulber had worked with Leeb on the Nerve War demo and taken part in the Gashed Senses & Crossfire tour. Caustic Grip marked the beginning of the long-standing collaboration with Canadian record producer Greg Reely who assumed mixing duties on the album; the album was reissued by Roadrunner in 1992 and in 2003 as part of a two-disc set that includes the Gashed Senses & Crossfire album. Up until the year 1994, when Roadrunner acquired the rights to all Third Mind releases, Caustic Grip sold about 70,000 units. Iceolate is the first single taken from Caustic Grip.
The single was released on August 6, 1990 through Third Mind in Europe and in the United States via Wax Trax!. Along with the original version of the title track the single contains CD-only track "Mental Distortion" and on the CD single a remix of "Iceolate". A promotional music video for "Iceolate" was created and received airplay on MTV; the track was ranked 85 in the COMA Music Magazine feature 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time. The follow-up to the album was the single Provision, it contains the original version of the title track as well as a remix of album track "Overkill". Music magazine Melody Maker made both album singles single of the week in 1990; the following single Virus features a non-album track of the same name and was released on February 21, 1991 through Third Mind for Europe and by Wax Trax in the United States. It was created during the sessions for Caustic Grip; the different release formats include tracks appearing on the album – "Provision", "Iceolate" and "Mental Distortion" – as well as remixes of "Virus", "Resist" and "Overkill".
All singles, together with the Mindphaser single, were re-released in 1998 on the compilation album The Singles: Four Fit through Zoth Ommog. All tracks written by Rhys Fulber. Bill Leeb – vocals Rhys Fulber Jeff Stoddard – guitar Greg Reely – mixing Ken Marshall Steve Royea Christian Mumenthaler – computer images Sleeping Partner – design
(FLA)vour of the Weak
Vour of the Weak is the twelfth album by industrial music group Front Line Assembly, released in November 1997 by Off Beat. vour of the Weak is the first album of the band to feature Chris Peterson. Peterson had toured with Front Line Assembly for Caustic Grip and Tactical Neural Implant but had never been part of the creative process, he had teamed up with Rhys Fulber in the band Will before Fulber became official member of Front Line Assembly. After Fulber's departure band leader Bill Leeb asked Peterson to join Front Line Assembly; the style is a departure from previous releases in the FLA catalog, more of a "fashion-techno" sound "in the spirit of the electro scene" of the time: the group's beat-heavy signature began to take heavy cues from styles such as IDM and breakbeat. "Sado-Masochist" uses samples of Eazy-E from an interview with hip hop group N. W. A while both "Comatose" and "Predator" as well as the B-side "Oblivion" contain samples from 1996 American horror film Hellraiser: Bloodline.
Non-album track "Electrocution" from the Colombian Necktie single makes use of samples from Daft Punk's "Rollin' & Scratchin'" and from The Chemical Brothers' "Block Rockin' Beats". The album was met with criticism and low sales based on its new musical direction. A support tour and promo video plans were buried, the band brought in Greg Reely to redo their own material, which led to the remix album "Re-Wind" 9 months later. In 2015, the album saw a limited re-release on vinyl through Canadian label Artoffact. Vour of the Weak spawned two singles; the Colombian Necktie single contains an edit as well as a remix by Tim Schuldt of the title track. It features two non-album tracks, "Deadlock" and "Electrocution". "Colombian Necktie" is accidentally written "Columbian Necktie" in the booklet, on the disc, as fourth track on the back cover. The second single Comatose contains the "Ketamin 45mg" and "Valium 15mg" mixes by the band themselves. A third version of the title track was remixed by Eat Static, who would deliver another, drastically different, remix of "Comatose" on "Re-Wind".
The single contains an exclusive mix of "Oblivion". Most of the tracks from the singles were re-released in 1999 through Off Beat on the compilation album Explosion together with tracks from the Circuitry and Plasticity singles; this coincided with the release of Implode and the timing of the compilation's release displeased Bill Leeb. All tracks written by Chris Peterson. Bill Leeb – production, vocals Chris Peterson – production, mixing Adam Drake – editing Dave McKean – design, photography Jamie Griffiths – band photography Tom Baker – mastering