Front Line Assembly ‎– Tactical Neural Implant

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Final Impact 6:02
The Blade 5:53
Mindphaser 5:04
Remorse 5:44
Bio-Mechanic 5:26
Outcast 5:22
Gun 6:19
Lifeline 5:07

Versions (17)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TM 9188 2 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album) Third Mind Records TM 9188 2 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
TMD 9188 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album) Third Mind Records TMD 9188 US 1992 Sell This Version
APCY-8089 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album) Apollon International, Third Mind Records APCY-8089 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
TMC 9188 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(Cass, Album) Third Mind Records TMC 9188 US 1992 Sell This Version
TMC 9188 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(Cass, Album, Promo) Third Mind Records TMC 9188 US 1992 Sell This Version
TM 9188 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(Cass, Album, Promo) Third Mind Records TM 9188 UK 1992 Sell This Version
TM 9188 1, TM 9188 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(LP, Album) Third Mind Records, Third Mind Records TM 9188 1, TM 9188 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
none Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl) Third Mind Records none Europe 1992 Sell This Version
RRCY-3020, RRCY 3020 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records, Roadrunner Records RRCY-3020, RRCY 3020 Japan 1998 Sell This Version
MOFR 0284 Frontline Assembly* Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Monsters Of Rock MOFR 0284 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(8xFile, AAC, Album, RE, 128) Roadrunner Records none US 2007
TM 9188-2 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album, Club) Third Mind Records TM 9188-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
168 619 188-2 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records 168 619 188-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
TM 9188-2 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album, RE) Third Mind Records TM 9188-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
TM 9188 2 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(CD, Album, RP) Third Mind Records TM 9188 2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
INDU 0020 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Metal Mind Records INDU 0020 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
ALR 56 Front Line Assembly Tactical Neural Implant(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Always Records ALR 56 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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Butterman

Butterman

February 5, 2019
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TM 9188 2
Apologies in advance as I do not wish to offend anyone concerning this very personnal review. This is strictly my viewpoint, or rather, original emotional reaction to an otherwise great F.L.A. album.

Around the time of the album's release I was already beginning to "phase out" industrial/dust/aggro/EBM in this particular form, feeling that many of the big names of the era were increasingly getting more commercial. However I had been a fan of the band ever since "The Initial Command" and "State Of Mind" and had followed pretty much all their releases since then.

What did not help matters in my disassociation with the band was that I thought this album was beginning to steal from their own material, and running out of the proverbial steam. Although the tracks on this album were now exceptionally well produced, it did not hide the fact that I felt as though they were starting to repeat their more user-friendly formulae which began around the time of the "Disorder" EP (as always, in my own opinion of course)

track 1: "Final Impact" was a strong opener which I always thought was a strange way to begin the album as it seemed to be a song a bit un-connected to the rest of the album, save for the production values of course.

track 2: "The Blade" is when things started to lose my interest, mainly for the use of the "Phantom Drummer" loop which was quite the craze at the time in radio/commercial music. That and the general "light" feeling the track had as a whole, as though it was essentially designed to be a crowd pleaser, not disimilar to a band being forced to churn out a hit single.

track 3: "Mindphaser" lost me since I always thought it was a rip-off of their own track, "No Limit" from "Gashed Senses & Crossfire" (https://www.discogs.com/Front-Line-Assembly-Gashed-Senses-Crossfire/master/1417). Maybe it was just me but the song seems to have the same chord pattern and both these tracks could easily be made into one, or a mash-up of sorts.

After this I knew that the only reason I would continue on would be as out a sense of loyalty to the band and the Investment I made in shelling out for this disc (at a minimum wave job of the era).

I recall how I would have discussions with friends who also were FLA fans, and how their own interest kept diminishing with each new album, one of whom was a purist of the first releases and couldn't be bothered with anything that came afterwards, and another started losing interest around the time of "Digital Tension Dementia", noting the continual and increasing approach towards making their sound much more "dance-floor friendly".

Although I actually purchased the following album ("Millennium"), I completely "grew out" of FLA after that. And thought "Tactical Neural Implant" was a decent effort, especially in terms of production values and the general tone and direction the band was heading towards, as well as both fine-tuning their evolving sound and remaining faithful to their target audience, I knew that behind all the glitz and glamour and the dizzying display of perfectly programmed controlled mayhem, I just was not feeling it anymore and couldn't continue to pretend I was a fan of their work... Well at leqast until "Bio-Mechanic" comes along, a stand-out piece alongside "Final Impact".
fadladder

fadladder

November 30, 2016
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TMD 9188
This continues the amazing evolution of FLA. I love them pretty much every step of the way but have to view the "Holy Trinity" (Gashed Senses, Caustic Grip and this) as their high water mark. It's all killer/no filler and as big and beautiful the singles "Mindphaser" and "The Blade" are, they don't quite touch "Lifeline" and "Bio-Mechanic". Music for science fiction made by Androids with a ton of heart.
Shatford

Shatford

August 2, 2016
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TMD 9188
Their best sounding album of all their early works. Before the days of heavy guitars. Bio-Mechanic is my favourite track on this album. I still love Millennium as well, though many people don't because it was a departure from the winning formula presented in this album.
enfantterrible

enfantterrible

January 1, 2016
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TMD 9188

Days of yore are over, welcome to the future.
This is one of the best EBM albums ever made in history, period. Yes, this is not but reminiscent from the more industrial influenced albums they did before, but in here is where history was to be break and EBM properly came to life, and there is no doubt that the 90´s spirit got hold a gripping effect on the structure of the album closing the path to more rhythmic and melodic construction and entering into IDM era. And it was logic to understand then that Industrial music were becoming less noise and much more intelligent, rhythms were more structured, and sequences a lot more melodical and nothing around was even remotely similar to this back in the day. A sound that was a lot more danceable but still extremely linked with repetitive industrial rhythms. Is melody a crime? or will for change a murder?
FLA trascended borders with this album, and incorporated so many disruptive concepts for the mind of the purist that in a way, disconnected him from the prevalent order, noisey minds will not dig into this, mechanical freaks will not dig into this, this is the future envisioned, the robotic pathos of modernity, the soup made of Industrial pathos, synth pop ethos and a desolated lyrical logos.

tyrantlizard

tyrantlizard

April 1, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TMD 9188
I have to counter all the harsh reviews....this LP is the jam and my favorite of FLA's work. Even in 2015 I still bump "Final Impact" in my EBM/electro/industrial sets. Listening to this brings me back to 1992, played the hell out of some Quake to this
Dasein23

Dasein23

September 4, 2012
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TMD 9188
Very overrated. Not bad but miles below their better works.
ttommass

ttommass

October 20, 2010
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TMD 9188
I would have to say that this is the album that officially marks when EBM lost any touch with industrial music. Compared with Caustic Grip or the very good Gashed Senses and Crossfire, this is just dance music that is embarrassing to listen to, even when alone.
grantcorp

grantcorp

November 14, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Tactical Neural Implant, CD, Album, TMD 9188
This is probably the most melodic and well rounded EBM-album I have ever heard. There are no fillers here, and no monotonous noise, high pitched tones, embarrassing samples or annoying ten minute pauses, just pure melodic and powerful body music. The only thing I would ask for is that the 12" version of Mindphaser be included on the album, since the edit strips out too many of its elements. I was also a bit surprised that "The Blade" was chosen for the second single, I would have thought the excellent "Lifeline" deserved the honour.

A true milestone in the history of EBM. Of course, it spawned a legion of subpar copycats, but oh so many attempts that didn't make it. TNI remains my personal pick of the long career of FLA and I think many would agree.