Into the Pit: 198: Front Line Assembly – O2 Academy Islington, N1 – 24-August 2017

Since Front Line Assembly returned to the live arena a bit over a decade ago – and indeed their first UK show in ten years when they played Infest 2006 – I’ve seen the band live a lot. I’ve seen them three times in North America (Ottawa, Montreal and Chicago), and in Manchester, and four […]

/Talk Show Host/036/Front Line Assembly

This was an interview I’ve wanted for for as long as I’ve been doing interviews. I’ve followed, and listened to Bill Leeb’s work in Front Line Assembly (and to a lesser extent in his other projects) for well beyond two decades, and have long been curious about a number of things.

Into the Pit: 179: Front Line Assembly – Live at The Garage – 21-August 2013

It has been noted recently that there have been a dearth of “club” shows in the industrial scene, at least in the UK, of late, with pretty grim predictions for 2014, too. But in the meantime, there have been the odd show to restore faith somewhat that strong bills can occur, with support acts as […]

But Listen: 135: Front Line Assembly – Echogenetic

Of the industrial scene’s great survivors (FLA, Skinny Puppy, Front 242, KMFDM), all four have now been active for over 25 years, and aside from 242 (who seem happy with revisiting their past with admittedly amazing live shows, which is no problem for me – I’ve seen them five times in the last five years […]

But Listen: 129: Front Line Assembly – AirMech

Front Line Assembly’s lengthy career has seen them take a number of turns, adapting their own sound and co-opting others as members of the band changed, with varying degrees of success. Their initial industrial sounds evolved enormously as technology progressed, took in all manner of metal influences in the nineties – arguably resulting in their […]

Into the Pit: 045: Front Line Assembly – Live in Manchester – 07-July 2007

Last night, in the main, rocked. I got to see probably my favourite band of all for a second time within a year, I got to spend some time catching up with a whole load of people I haven’t seen an awful lot of recently, and the weather was even pretty good for the first […]

But Listen: 026: Front Line Assembly – Artificial Soldier

It’s been a tough few years being an FLA fan. Every release in, oh, the past five years has been touted as “the best one since…[insert your favourite FLA album here – me? I’ll lay my cards on the table now and say Tactical Neural Implant]”, when they patently haven’t. Epitaph was well, ok, but […]

Into the Pit: 116: Front 242 – Live in Glasgow – 10-December 2011

It has been a while since I travelled this far for a gig in the UK. Let me explain: I love Front 242. And given the news that old friends of mine in Je$us Loves Amerika were announced as the support act for this Glasgow show, it was not a difficult decision to head north […]

/Welcome to the Future/158/Livestreams and new releases this week

Two weeks into January, and we’re back to the current, er, normal? Regular working weeks, regular online events, and the schedule of new music releases resumes again today. So, back to the usual Friday roundups

/Welcome to the Future/157/Livestreams and the 2021 upcoming release round-up/08-Jan 2021

2021 has picked up where 2020 left off, but despite the lockdown and everything else, there is still a lot of music to come your way this year. And as is traditional at the beginning of the year, / attempts to round-up the new music that we’re aware of, that’s due to be released this […]

/Tuesday Ten/437/Tracks of the Month/Dec 2020

My longstanding policy of cutting off my best-of-year considerations at 30-Nov each year does, admittedly, leave me in the position of potentially missing out on important releases in December. But, I have to cut-off somewhere, and stopping at the end of November at least gives me a chance to write my end-of-year lists (they take […]