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Vancouver, Canada (1986 – present)

Front Line Assembly are Bill Leeb (vocals, synthesizers) and Rhys Fulber (synthesizers and samplers), one of many groups formed by the prolific Vancouver, Canada-based duo. After working in the mid-’80s under the pseudonym Wilhelm Schroeder with Skinny Puppy, the Austrian-born Leeb formed the /-based Front Line Assembly in 1986 with Fulber — who initially joined on as a studio assistant — and synth player Michael Balch. After a handful of compilation appearances and cassette-only releases, Front Line Assembly issued its first three full-length efforts — The Initial Command, State of Mind, and Corrosion — on a monthly basis between December 1987 and February 1988. Later in 1988, Corrosion was reissued, along with a subsequent mini-album titled Disorder and a number of exclusive bonus tracks, as Convergence.

In 1989, the group returned with the album Gashed Senses & Crossfire, which contained the dance-flavored singles “Digital Tension Dementia” and “No Limit.” A European tour in support of the record yielded a live album — titled simply, Live — that was released and deleted on the same day in a limited edition of 4,000 pressings. After Balch departed Front Line Assembly in 1990, Fulber stepped in as a full partner; the streamlined duo soon released the electro-styled album Caustic Grip, while 1992’s Tactical Neural Implant found the group’s music moving in a more hard-edged disco direction.

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  • DEVANGELOU

    NYC?

    17 minutes ago Reply
  • cmd-artificial

    I'd rather have them take a few years off then come back with something great, hopefully. Maybe even try to work with Rhys again, if that's possible.

    20 Oct 9:42am Reply
  • Yod801

    skinnydrifter - it's not, that I don't want them to sound more modern (I'm one of the blokes who actually prefer Implode over Hard Wired). I just don't want them to sound like a cheesy euro pop band, that's all. And there's too many songs on Echoes (especially the second non-remix track, which is a suck-fest) AND Echogenetics, which follow that pattern. I wish it would be different, but I'm heavily disappointed. I hope, that'll change

    7 Oct 8:59am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    hong kong phooey is right

    7 Oct 3:49am Reply
  • versionfiv

    @grycho try Headscan sometime. they've got the futuristic sound down pat.

    6 Oct 4:37pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    there is some serious confusion and idiocy being posted in this box. "skinny puppy aren't as good as vac and fla" "i like the older stuff but this newer stuff while not as good might be better" just reaffirming that this band is listened to by really smart people..

    6 Oct 4:36pm Reply
  • AngelOfDARK666x

    Implode is so far my favorite FLA release.

    6 Oct 11:59am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Blood is the SICKest song ever. FLA has been around for millenia it seems, so they won't (and shouldn't be expected) to impress every single fan with the same basic formula every album -- I'm glad they changed. Also how can they be blamed for the remixes other artists have done for them? (Echoes is a remix album, Yod801, but Kudos...) All I can say is stay faithful, their old music isn't going anywhere.

    4 Oct 10:30pm Reply
  • Grycho

    Speaking as a sci-fi fan, I can honestly say I enjoy Front Line Assembly's work more than any other sci-fi work of any medium (this goes for films too) as far as aesthetic goes.

    2 Oct 2:43am Reply
  • aexen

    Implode!

    29 Sep 5:36pm Reply
  • Cimersies

    %$fghx_!!!! Front Line Assembly rules at all !

    3 Sep 7:10am Reply
  • Yod801

    Christ, I was a hardcore fan owning every fucking album on CD, even the singles and 95% of all side projects, some even on LP additionaly, but to be honest, Echogenetics and the remix album have convinced me, that FLA have lost it all. There's just 2 songs on Echogenetics I kind of like, It's a pity, really. Some tracks on Echoes even remind me of the cheesiest 80ies Italo disco tracks I can remember from teenage days. Hopefuly FLA will wake up in shame some day and get their stuff together again. Until then I will listen closely before I buy any new release

    21 Aug 3:19pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Some of their recent works are less enjoyable but generally I think their newer stuff may be even better than the 90's era FLA [2]

    20 Aug 8:54pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    While I like 'Hard Wired' the most there is something about 'Millenium' that makes me go back to that album.

    10 Aug 9:44pm Reply
  • darkmatter0

    Some of their recent works are less enjoyable but generally I think their newer stuff may be even better than the 90's era FLA

    25 Jul 7:48pm Reply
  • ketamineface

    loving the new album.

    20 Jul 11:13pm Reply
  • Neuralblastoma

    brilliant show at wave gotik treffen :))

    19 Jul 4:38pm Reply
  • Cloolooloo

    Blooood

    11 Jul 6:35pm Reply
  • cmd-artificial

    That Youth Code mix on Echoes sounds like straight out of the Caustic Grip era.

    10 Jul 2:05pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    BLOOD, the best

    3 Jul 1:02pm Reply
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