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Album Review

For some Front Line Assembly fans, Implode marked a downturn in the band's musical creativity and energy. Epitaph may sound like the title of an album that completed this descent. Instead, Epitaph marks a return to former strength for the classic electro-industrial act. All the contemporary Front Line Assembly trademarks are here: guitar bites, Leeb's vocoded apocalyptic wisdoms, and solid electronic architectures that do not pander to dancefloors, but are still packed with a relentless energy. This is a strong release, reminiscent of Hard Wired or the best moments of Flavour of the Weak. Front Line Assembly still has a well-established sound (despite Rhys Fulber's departure and Peterson's arrival prior to Flavour of the Weak), but Epitaph shows that a well-re-established sound does not mean the sound cannot evolve. Beats have grown more complex, often breaking. A few tracks, such as the title track, "Epitaph," or the epic "Existence," have taken on more ethereal qualities. Some tracks, such as "Dead Planet," are classic Front Line Assembly hard electro on a pounding beat. This release is the work Front Line Assembly is known for, without being just another Front Line Assembly album. No Front Line Assembly collection would be complete without Epitaph. The new duo has proved that they still wield the power of one of the longest-lived electro styles to great effect.

Customer Reviews

In hindsight- a better album

I've listened to FLA since Gashed Senses and Crossfire (at the tender age of 14). I followed them through until this album came out in 2001. After the ground breaking FLAvor of the Weak and Implode I felt that Epitaph reverted back to the past due to the criticism leveled at the two prior albums. I literally felt Epitaph was bland and lifeless (it might also have to be because I was listening to Midi Miliz, Wizzy Noise, etc). I stopped listening to FLA between 2001 and 2013.

I've bought all of what FLA has released starting with Epitaph through now on iTunes. My opinion of this album has changed. It's not the best record of FLA (that belongs to Tactical Neural Implant and Millenium) but it is true to its roots.

Dead Planet is the best song on Epitaph- I love the parts "I haven't slept in 40 days. Something here just doesn't feel right. This eerie place keeps me up all night, just tired now of losing my sight...this place called Earth is just a burning shell, an inner, outer living hell." Pure. Freaking. Genius!

Epitaph is worth buying. It's a solid album you can listen to opening to close and get your fill of FLA.

Other good songs are- Krank It Up and and Insolence.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Front Line Assembly was the best known of the various electronic music projects undertaken by the prolific Vancouver-based duo of Bill Leeb (vocals, synthesizers) and Rhys Fulber (synthesizers, samplers). After working in the mid-'80s under the pseudonym Wilhelm Schroeder with Skinny Puppy, the Austrian-born Leeb formed the industrial/techno-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...
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