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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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  • vvolcane

    I really do appreciate what this band has done for modern ebm/industrial as a whole. Gotta say I much prefer the 90's era FLA over the new stuff. Echogenetic was a solid album in its own merits, and helped re-introduce me to the band's back catalog all over again.

    14 Mar 12:44am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    But Echogenetics is already better than 99,9% of the dubstep junk!

    3 Mar 3:24pm Reply
  • AngelOfDARK666x

    I'm fairly dissapointed in there dubstep bs. why don't we make all good electrionia DUBSTEP while we are at it?

    26 Feb 3:36am Reply
  • Symbiont001

    http://www.lastfm.com.br/group/Electronic+Rock

    11 Feb 3:45pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    V Judgemental fucks like you instantly piss me off, gtfo.

    9 Feb 8:03pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    people with anime avatars that arent vampire hunter d or ghost in the shell need to gtfo. this band has always been trendy bs for drug addicts and sluts anyway.

    7 Feb 7:35pm Reply
  • crazysharky666

    Hard Wired is the best album made by FLA imo, Infra Red Combat & Modus Operandi being the best songs on that album.

    17 Jan 9:54pm Reply
  • Nihil227

    So I've been through half of their discography (chronologically) and I'm not sure i want to keep on. Is it normal that when listening to FLA, the only feeling i get is "I'd rather be listening to Skinny Puppy"? Funny thing imo their best track is the opener of their first album, Complexity.

    17 Jan 10:59am Reply
  • crazysharky666

    Some people are just never content, let's leave it at that.

    4 Jan 6:04pm Reply
  • bazleon

    Вспомнил старые времена. Большое спасибо.

    2 Jan 7:42pm Reply
  • Zamari

    This shoutbox makes me want to shove a brick up my ass

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • RaZ777

    V I don't like infected mushrooms new albums or new sound, but I don't hate them nor call their new albums bad. Stop being a baby. This happens every time FLA releases a new album. When they used guitars, people cried, when they used break beats, people cried, etc. They've always incorporated sounds of what was popular at the time and always experimented with a new sound every new album, it's what FLA does. It's just that industrial fans feel the need to rebel against everything that's popular. Dubstep is/was the new thing. Give it a few years and echogenetic will be considered a good album, just like what happened with millennium. oh wait, uhh, I mean, grrr dubstep bad, pop is bad, front line assembly, more like front line skrillsux >:(

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    basically they see comments like "Echogenetic its not good :( " as "I DON'T LIKE CHANGE!!!!! WAAAAAA! "

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak

    V below we have the typical example of a person too emotionally attached to a band to form a real opinion. this is typically revealed when the band makes a "change in direction" to the backlash of those who enjoyed their older stuff based on musical quality. because the band now sucks people will point out that they're shit now and wax nostalgic over their earlier superior material. this will hurt the feeling of drooling drones who will then hyperbolise the discontent of annoyed fans by doing that V and come across as pathetic children who have soiled themselves.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • RaZ777

    I DON'T LIKE CHANGE!!!!! WAAAAAA!

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Kivul

    Those two new albums are really good, Improved Electronic Device never sinked with me so I was worried for a second.

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AlanVext

    Echogenetic is a really great album, but its no TNI or Caustic Grip.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FaultyClockwork

    I tried getting all the way through Echogenetic but just found myself returning to Caustic Grip.

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • versionfiv

    yeah i'm so narrowminded. i listen to rock, electro-industrial,black metal,powernoise,death metal, power metal,melodic death metal,idm,ambient,breakcore,futurepop,psytrance,electro,drum and bass,goth rock, female singer-songwriters,chillout,big beat, hip-hop,new wave,techno,thrash metal,metalcore,goa,ska, and swing but i'm narrowminded because i don't like dubstep. of course.

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MachineAnimal

    Echogenetic is good stuff. Always loved FLA. Don't mind some minor dubstep sounds. The whiners are so narrowminded...

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
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