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Front Line Assembly is the primary focus of Vancouver-based musician Bill Leeb. A founding member of Skinny Puppy, Leeb moved on to form FLA in 1986 with Michael Balch, releasing some cassettes (since released as Total Terror I & II) which paved the way for their 1987 releases: The Initial Command, State of Mind, and Corrosion. In late 1988, they recorded the mini-LP Disorder, since ... Read more in Amazon's Front Line Assembly Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Synthetic Symphony
  • ASIN: B0000X2DP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Arnold on 12 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album represents a devestating return to form from one of industrial/e.b.m.'s former giants. The due of Leeb and Fulber are reunited after three albums apart and the reults are storming. The band have mellowed somewhat and have delved into some chill style melodies that are reminicent of recent records from their side project - Delerium. The distinctive bleeps and grinds from their FLA glory days are as present as ever and Leeb's vocals have never sounded so good. The result then, is a beautiful fusion of the best of Leeb and Fulber's musical sides. Both F.L.A and Delerium fans should snap this one up. A treat to the ears.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan Hemicke on 16 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album sounds like more like a boring pop chart album and is by far the worst Front line album ever. It even makes Flavour of the Weak look good, too many sounds but no ideas, there's even a boring hippie song that could have been on any album by the Mamas and the Papas...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Rhys is back and FLA matures artistically 23 Jan. 2004
By Dave Cordes - Published on
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As alluded to by their previous album, Epitaph, Bill Leeb has all but jettisoned the oldschool, repetitive, angst ridden formula of FLA that was the benchmark of the eighties and nineties industrial/electro-EBM scene. Rhys Fulber is back and together the two have taken FLA into a bold new territory that elevates their familiar sound and takes it to the next artistic level and into the new millenium.
Civilization has instantly become perhaps my favorite FLA album to date, an honor that, until now, was coveted by Tactical Neural Implant - the infamous album that most fans would popularly agree as the pinnacle of FLA's masterworks and it would be unfair to draw any comparisons here between the two albums because they are completely different stylistically and aesthetically, but both important in their own right in defining the categorical sound of FLA.

There are a lot of oldschool Delerium influnces on this album circa the Morpheus/Euphoric/Spiritual Archives years that interleaves brilliant layers of surreal ambience with an artistically creative impulse.
The obvious standouts of particular mention on this album include:

Track 1 - Psychosomatic - The album begins with a little mix of D&B rhythm (anybody remember Flavour of the Weak?) but as soon as Bill Leeb's definitive vocals kick in, we are immediatly comforted and assured that this is indeed the familiar FLA we have come to expect.

Track 2 - Maniacal - probably the most familiar and predictable sounding of FLA's oldschool style. Leeb's vocals kick up the beat with a literal "Bang!" and the driving guitars give it an edgier feel of something off Millenium or Hard Wired.

Track 3 - Transmitter (Come Together) - This is the one track that spurs the most controversary and people either love it or hate it. Personally, I think it is absolutely brilliant and a bold move for FLA. Leeb's harmonious vocals chanting "Let's All Come Together... Let's All Join Hands" may turn off some more aggressive industrial heads with its "touchy-feely" tone and contradictory optimism but it sounds absolutely beautiful and is undeniably a milestone of this album and accentuates FLA's artistic maturity to transcend itself above it's own stylistic redundancy.

Track 6 - Civilization - The album's title track begins slowly with lush dark atmosphere brilliantly layered with dialogue samples extracted from the context of contemporary media and keying on soundbites of "Freedom" and "Civilization" looping endlessly in the background up until Leeb's politically barking vocals make their presence known. When the chorus kicks in, it sounds more like a ballad engineered as a single for commercial airplay but I have no complaints because the engineering here works absolutely brilliantly and Civilization stands out as one of the most memorable and important songs not only on the entire album, but of FLA's entire catalog.

Track 7 - Fragmented - Harmonious female vocals lifted right from some of Delerium's latter and poppier tracks build gradually into Leeb's familiar aggressive vocals and accompanied perfectly by the orchestral classical sounds of violins brilliantly mixed into the melody. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album and defines FLA's new artistic style and presence with profound maturity.

Track 9 - Dissident - Atmospherically reminiscent of something from Delerium's Spiritual Archives with middle-eastern background vocals chanting amidst the surreal subtext and Leeb's daunting vocals that cry Skinny Puppy, but a brilliant track nonetheless.

Track 10 - Schicksal - Sentimental piano chords contrast against Leeb's accompanying German vocals and pulsing EBM beats. As always, German vocals compliment just about any well composed industrial song quite well. Schicksal is no exception and FLA can do no wrong here.

Civilization has unquestionably arrived as the best artistic effort from FLA in years and a welcomed surprise. Rhys Fulber has returned with the FLA formula and has definitely brought back the creative chemistry. I have been playing this album in my car non-stop for days and love it more with each consecutive listening.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Good and the Bad 18 Nov. 2004
By R. Shull - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Even with the return of Rys, there probably will not be another Tactical Nueral Implant. But Tech has changed, people change, and doing somethings over and over get old. Change can be good.

With Civilization we come away with something a bit more Rediemable than Epitath. The first three tracks seem to have a taste of what we remember of the primal days of industrial music, something kinda hard and gritty, but after the fifth track, the album slips into an ambience coma. Stuff that should probably have been in a side project perhaps.

I suppose I still miss the days I first got into FLA, and listened to them while playing the original "Quake." Though I would still recommend the album for it is very much worthy of being FLA. It combines the use of the older, gritter tones in the first half, and though the later portion of the album subsides from the initial intensity, it still carries on with an almost alien overtone.

If you like Frontline, its still a must have for the collection.

Also recommended: Tactical Nueral Implant, Implode, and Hardwired.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
F.L.A.- Civilization- a great new release! 24 Feb. 2005
By Fin Bheara - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Having both Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber back together is a great thing in itself, and I find that their new release, Civilization, is a truly great cd. I think that fans of the Epitath and Implode cd's will be pleased. I know that many FLA fans yearn for the days of Tactical Neural Implant, but I also do believe that it is necessary for bands to evolve over time, and this cd is a good continuation of that process. The production is typically flawless, and the music sounds great. I find the music to be uplifting, powerful, inventive and deep at times. I highly recommend this album, you will not be dissappointed. I cannot see how anybody could be bored with music like this!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Front Line Assembly are still good! 19 July 2005
By Andrew - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The most consistent band in the Industrial scene come back to release a new album. Generally, FLA are worshipped for "Tactical Neural Implant," an album that is responsible for every cliche in Industrial (specifically, Cyberpunk Post-Apocalypse Mechanical Inhuman Minimalistic New-Wave-With-A-Jackhammer Sample-Overdose Mesmerizing-Decades-Of-Faith) but was still a great CD. Every album after TNI was basically TNI+ (insert influence here). Milennium was TNI+Rock, FLAvor was TNI+Techno, Hard Wired was TNI+Drum'n'Bass (with a lil guitar). Epitaph was kind of a departure, where the cyberpunk dystopia of TNI was blasted with an H-Bomb and all thats left is ruins... Milennium kind of continues on this path, sounding almost like a more angry Epitaph. TNI was mechanical but it was kind of upbeat in a way, Epitaph was bleak and Civilization continues this 'ramshackle/experimental' feel but in a more aggressive way.

The first song, Psychosomatic, sounds like TNI meets Hip-Hop (yes, Hip-Hop) meets a James Bond theme. This song is unhateable. Its catchy and fun, and is followed by the dark, angry, but catchy-as-hell Maniacal. A bit of everything is used here, samples, synths, pianos, guitars, more samples, more synths, weird sounds that keep everything from feeling repetitive, more weird stuff, complex percussion, so experimental yet tied together with catchy, stick-in-your-head melodies... mmmm not so different from TNI after all. Best seen as more 'organic.'

FLA are consistent and always deliver CDs with at least 3 or 4 good songs. They continue their record here.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Well worth it! 21 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I must say that upon first couple of hearings I wasn't sure what to think. It definitely sounded quite different. Still very much Bill Leeb but as far as FLA goes much calmer, less in your face than any of their previous albums. Not a bad thing, just not what I was used to. However, the CD left me wanting to hear it again, and then again, and with each time I played it, it made more sense. It is great! It is the most mature work Leeb (and Fulber for that matter) has ever done, including all his side projects.
I must say I miss Peterson's more complex drum programming but Fulber's more straight forward work fits rather well into the arrangement. Bill's singing is the best I have ever heard it. And he's not afraid to mix in some female singing as well, albeit backup vocals, that really broaden the palette. I was really impressed by the use of guitars on a few occasions, not the usual distorted chug, but a much less obvious and more fitting melody. As usual, the production is superb.
I hope people give this album a chance as it's really worth the effort. As long as you go into it with an open mind and just enjoy it for what it is, I am certain you will love the experience.
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