ALBUM METROPOLIS RELEASE: OCTOBER
9 + 15, 2001 REVIEW: OCTOBER 11, 2001
Leeb and Chris Peterson are at it again. This time they have focused on
what makes Front Line Assembly so great, and they have also learned some
I guess their work with the more commercial Delerium project
has made them a bit more aware about song structures and instrumentation.
Acoustic drum sounds are used here and there, as well as piano. For the
first time in FLA history, there are no movie samples on the album, and
the overall impression is that they have cleaned up the sound a bit. This
means that there might not be as many layers of sounds as on "Hard Wired",
but instead they have concentrated on the songs.
Ah yes, the songs. We have quite a wide spectrum of styles here, ranging
from the wild, mad and totally frantic "Backlash", via the straight
forward dance track "Dead Planet", the delicious and melodic
"Insolence", to "Conscience". This is perhaps one
of FLA's greatest moments ever. It's a mid tempo track with brilliant
drum programming (a thing that is prominent throughout the album), and
features a storming chorus with a dramatic piano along with Bill's voice.
You have got to hear it to believe it.
fans will be happy to learn that here are no instrumental tracks on the
album and Bill is making better use of his voice than usual, even though
there is still much whispering and yelling about. Bill and Chris worked
together better than ever on this album, and I rank this among the best
of their releases. They have brought back the harshness and raw sound
of earlier material as well as moving onwards into even more melodic territory,
and I can only hope they will go on making records this good. The band
has created a space for themselves in the electronic music arena, and this album
is filled with the kind of music only they can do.
review is of the non-limited version of "Epitaph", but the first 25 000
copies of the album will be a digipak with an instrumental bonus track.