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Album Review

Front Line Assembly, one of the premiere electro-industrial acts, has done much to help define what the genre is about. Tactical Neural Implant is one of the releases which has contributed most to this claim, setting a standard with its cool, calm, and collected electronic harmonies and driving bass. Tracks from Tactical Neural Implant have consistently terrorized the dancefloors, including the classic tracks "The Blade" and "Mindphaser." Track by track, Tactical Neural Implant becomes a landscape of a dark future, at times fragile ("Remorse," "Lifeline"), at other times a bold bordering on aggressive ("Bio-Mechanic"), but always compelling and somehow detached. It was perhaps this contradiction that forms the winning combination in Front Line Assembly's music of this period, and which guarantees that Tactical Neural Implant will stay compelling many years from its release.

Customer Reviews

The best industrial dance album to date...period!

Tactical Neural Implant is hands down the best industrial dance album to date! Early industrial music used more harsh and bombastic sound treatments but has evolved into a more dance/techno sound today. For this review, I wish to confine to the industrial dance genre. TNI, released in 1992 set the standard by which all other industrial albums are judged. The song arrangements on the album are both complex and purposeful. The beats are different from one song to the next yet feel cohesive. Finally, the album takes the listener on a journey into an Apocolyptic world of the future full of despair but not without hope. I cannot single out any "best" tracks as each serves an important role and like all great albums the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Must have.

There have been thousands of albums made in the industrial genre, but there are few as important or as well rounded as this one. Tactical Neural Implant set the sound for a decade after it came out. This is a masterpiece of modern music in so many way it is impossible to count - just as it is impossible to over stress how amazing this album is. Travel back in your mind to 1992, the year this album came out, and think about the other music that was being released at the time. Today, we hear all sorts of new stuff being generated in a million different ways - we are spoiled... FLA and Skinny Puppy were the bands and the more involved knew about Neubauten and the others, but TNI set a new standard for danceable dark elctronic music. If you don't own this and consider yourself a fan of the genre - get it now... and don't let anybody know it took you 15 years to figure it out....

It's about time

Finally, they put the best FLA album on iTunes!


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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