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5.0 out of 5 stars A Statement of Intent, 11 Oct 2003
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Jay M "jay_mc" (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Front By Front (Audio CD)
With 'Front by Front' Front 242 made a giant leap forward. Combining hard, EBM beats to politically motivated lyrics, this album served both as a 'how to' to other bands in making aggressive dance music, and also as a statement in its own right.
Many will know 'Headhunter' as the album's centrepiece and highlight, but there is much more to admire here. 'Circling Overland' is as ominous as it sounds, all forboding bass and dense electronics layering a song about war and aerial attacks by bomber planes. 'First In First Out' shows they could also make modern, more commercial sounding dance music if they really wanted to and what is more, it sounded much better than most other groups' efforts, and also was ahead of many other groups in making that kind of music.
'Never Stop' is a classic Front 242 song. Much more accessible than much of 242's work, it features a strong beat and shifting bass combining it into a strong, dance song.
Of course 'Headhunter' is the star and there is two versions of it on here.
A band at their peak making strong, excellent aggressive dance music. This is a must have for fans of the EBM/hard dance genre.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff, 31 Oct 2007
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ok so then if you dont like electronic music run away.
if you like industrial...approach with caution as this isnt going to be to everybodys taste.
its not that its extreme or anything like that, quite the opposite in fact.
this album feels like "pretty hate machine" without the guitars or the aggresion.
its a slow and subtle delivery of beats and moods. there is very little here to actually dance to but as a piece of work it is very effective as the songs creep into your head and leave you tapping your foot without you realising.
this is effectively where EBM began and it does show its age in the sound and the production. the beats are straight out of the 80's and it does feel very dated, but it is a very good album even if there is very little variety in the songs on offer.
that said though the opener "until death(us do part)" and the marvelous "headhunter v3.0" are still rocking tunes that could probably ignite a dancefloor at most goth nights to this day.
if you like combichrist or VNV nation and want to see where it all began or just feel like a change of pace to something a little slower and groovier then this would be well worth giving a spin.
but i would suggest trying to find the odd tune first to see if you are gonna like it before investing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars takes me back..., 2 Jan 2011
This review is from: Front By Front (Audio CD)
Great music which takes me back to a younger me when I would visit clubs every week, dark rooms with flashing lights, filled with goths. Industrial music like this was the start of the dance music we know today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic industrial album, 18 Nov 2014
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Great album by one of the early Industrial outfits. Every track is good but standout tracks for me are Headhunter (classic track that would fill any dance floor) In Rhythmus Bleiben, and Welcome to Paradise. I was listening Front 242 to this back in the late 80s when Stock Aitkin and Waterman were filling the charts with their standard pop format, and for me it was such a breath of fresh air. Growing up listening to Numan/Foxx/Fad Gadget, this music along with the the Belgium New Beat was the natural progression for me. Not as heavy as Ministry, not as dark as Front Line Assembly, but just really good industrial dance tracks, all with great melodies and hook lines.
If you like this check out the equally as good "Tyranny for You"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pump to the Volume, 28 May 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Front By Front (Audio CD)
DAF pumped the beats in tight bulging black leather screaming; "Do the Mussolini", ironically. Over in Belgium this zeitgeist germinated Front 242, this being the number of collaborators killed by he victorius allies after WW2. A small number considering the numbers of Walloons and Flemish who swelled the ranks of the SS.

This is mentioned because 242 recreate a caustic Riefenstahl homo ertotic proto electronic beat. Short cropped hair, bulging torso's, stark black leather uniforms, Carl Orff announcing the live exit strategy, they play with suggestions and gain a large proto black attired audience.

The songs reveal sexurousal tyrannies. Headhunter about selling men in exchange for who knows what. Circling overland an ironic celebration of the surveillance state, as the overlords rotate in the sky monitoring and controlling the fates of those unfortunate to live below. "Welcome to Paradise" brings the USA sinnerology to Europe. This details the American craze of beaming flaccid, suntanned, weathered, hate filled new testament preachers into the home was big in the 80's. Ostensibly to fleece the gaping open mouthed of their excess income. Recompense in the next life, a promised berth next to the prince of hippiedom is the only offer.

Industrial concerns around sex, rhythm control and power pervade the songs with a Tom of Finland musk, catchy, stripped and austere body music pumping continuously to the ever present beat to reveal ever more humanistic concerns.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect, 20 May 2002
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This review is from: Front By Front (Audio CD)
For anybody interested in late 80s - early 90s industrial / electronic music, then front by front is a must hear album. Front 242 are not to dissimilar to Depeche Mode in that their music is never cliched. This becomes wonderfully evident in the energy charged "Headhunter" and the slightly eerie "circling overland". This record does not posses the songwriting skill of Depeche's 'Violator', however from a purely musical point of view it is simply stunning. Guarunteed to get you moving in ways you never thought possible!!!
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