Catalogue Nr. mind199
Release Date: 2012-11-16
available as Download and CD
Front Line Assembly have composed and recorded the soundtrack for the video game "AirMech". "It’s very hard electronics, and I have to say this really kicks it. It’s got 12 songs in total" says FLA mastermind Bill Leeb "Easily one of my favourite releases ever! Everyone worked so hard, and it’s really a labour of love. It was so cool seeing all these young guys really get into it.“
Carbon Games has signed Front Line Assembly to create an original album for AirMech. "For AirMech, the first thing I thought of was trying to get music that sounded like Front Line Assembly, so then I figured I should at least try and contact the band on the off chance they would be interested in talking with us," says James Green, Game Director at Carbon Games. "I was thrilled when the news came back that they would be interested in working on a game project again."
Front Line Assembly is one of the pioneering bands in the electronic industrial world and continues to be guided by founder Bill Leeb. The AirMech album has been under development since late 2011 in parallel with the progression of the game. Selections of the music will be deconstructed for use as dynamic music, which reacts to conditions during battle. The trademark structure of FLA's music made this collaboration an exciting opportunity for both teams. This album is entirely instrumental, and stands as a compelling FLA album on its own.
The CD album is to be released as limited edition in Europe on November 16 via Dependent.
AirMech (Limited Edition)
|4.||Prep for Combat|
|7.||Everything That Was Before|
"With `AirMech´, FLA once again proves on innovative creativity and complex solutions with harmonic and organic elements. It feels very fresh and touching. This is a remarkable set of songs and even if we doesn’t get any vocals it will for sure suite any FLA fans or anyone who just want some catchy tunes."
- Blackvector Mag
"Musically, AirMech could be referred to as an instrumental Front Line Assembly album. The introductions to the pieces here aren’t anything out of the ordinary for the band, or different from what fans would expect from Front Line Assembly’s sound, which consists of rousing cyber beats emerging out of viscerally dark atmospheric ambiance. Front Line Assembly has succeeded in transferring their abrasively haunting brand of electronic music to the field of video game soundtracks very well, providing industrial music with a nostalgic return to scoring the mechanical science fiction themes that they once went hand in hand with in the 90's."
"In fact, in some ways AirMech returns to the FLA of old – even stretching as far back as their breakthrough album Tactical Neural Implant (1992), in that it’s 100% solid electronic. No clichéd guitar riffs are to be found here, no Delerium side-project-infected Gregorian chants and none of the going-through-the-motions, formulaic verse/chorus vocals that have pretty much plagued their latter albums, just 112 minutes of visceral atmospheres, pulped beats and pure, hardcore programming eliciting plentiful mind-bending cyber rhythms and atmospheric strings."