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Front Line Assembly

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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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  • CodeDVA

    Whoops I really didn't know they were working on more Airmech. Oh well !

    19 May 9:32pm Reply
  • Zeeboon

    CodeDVA, they said they were working on a sequel to Airmech. So far for the dubstep trend to die off eh. :P

    19 Apr 8:05pm Reply
  • CodeDVA

    I wonder what they have planned for the future. Now that the dubstep trend is dying off, what's Leeb gonna jump on next.

    13 Apr 6:47pm Reply
  • LiamRandolph

    The masters of EBM right here... as well as one-word titles.

    31 Mar 7:45pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    V listens to rap and witch house, opinion irrelevant.

    30 Mar 4:30pm Reply
  • ghostofravens

    MirrorMask was really fucking boring.

    28 Mar 4:04am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Echogenetic was needed. Thanks for the album, guys

    4 Mar 7:51pm Reply
  • prosto_andy

    FLA -30 years old

    27 Feb 9:26pm Reply
  • CodeDVA

    You are condemned. Either accept it ..or die.

    12 Feb 9:35pm Reply
  • Foresterregn

    epic

    9 Feb 11:16pm Reply
  • lethalallele

    I'm feeling young. I've though it would probably have been nice to be a teen of 90's, but I'm not even remembering pretty much anything from that era. And I'm a bit jealous for FLA listeners, who've met über cool Leeb :D

    10 Jan 2:25am Reply
  • meridianorgan

    I just can't believe I've been listening to FLA for 20 years now! Have photos of my 16 year old self with Bill Leeb from 1998 tour. Almost makes me feel a bit old. :p

    9 Jan 6:23pm Reply
  • Crystalseth

    Very good music :)

    5 Jan 10:33pm Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    FLA - SP - YOUTH & HAUJOBB

    4 Jan 9:41pm Reply
  • lethalallele

    need to

    4 Jan 12:34am Reply
  • versionfiv

    check out the movie MirrorMask sometime

    4 Jan 12:07am Reply
  • lethalallele

    I googled him, he seem to have done some nice artwork moreover FLA's album covers. I think TNI, Hardwired and Implode have a coolest covers, and Flavour is visually really cool from the inside of an album booklet (though I like that cover too).

    3 Jan 12:36am Reply
  • versionfiv

    well yeah the cover art is cool, its dave mckean! he is the man ... did all those sandman covers in the 90s... and the cover for the fourth dark tower book. he is one of those people that really captured the spirit of the 90s for me.

    1 Jan 10:43pm Reply
  • lethalallele

    I've been listening FLA for almost 3 years now. I like all their albums since Caustic Grip, and some 80's stuff is great too. I love their layered sci-fi sound, dystopic atmosphere, vocals sound freaking cool (Leeb also got hell of a sexy voice, lol), and their album cover art is cool. Even those lyrics are something I would describe "linguistically aesthetic", with interesting subjects behind.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Konkelo-

    Awesome new album!

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
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