Civilization (album)

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Civilization
Studio album by Front Line Assembly
Released January 20, 2004 (2004-01-20)
Recorded 2003 (2003)
Genre Industrial, electro-industrial
Length 56:50
Label Metropolis, Synthetic Symphony
Producer Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber
Front Line Assembly chronology
Epitaph
(2001)
Civilization
(2004)
Artificial Soldier
(2006)
Singles from Civilization
  1. "Maniacal"
    Released: October 21, 2003[1]
  2. "Vanished"
    Released: June 22, 2004[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Barcode Magazine 7.6/10 stars[4]
DisAgreement Favorable[5]
Exclaim! Mixed[6]
Kerrang! 3/5 stars[7]
musicOMH Favorable[8]
Musique Machine 1/5 stars[9]
Rock Sound 9/10 stars[10]
Side-Line 9.0/10 stars[11]

Civilization is an album by Vancouver industrial band Front Line Assembly, released in 2004. The album was produced by band founder Bill Leeb and returning member Rhys Fulber who had departed in 1996. Civilization has been described by reviewers as being a more stylistically diverse and relaxed album especially when compared to one of the band's previous releases, Millennium.[11][10]

Release[edit]

Copy protection[edit]

Promotional copies of the album came with copy protection. Metropolis called it "an experimental run" and emphasized that the sales copies were delivered as regular CDs without protection.[12]

Album errors[edit]

Metropolis mislabeled the back cover tracklisting on Civilization releases on at least three different occasions. The errors included swapping song titles, missing the song "Schicksal," and excluding the "Dissident" page in the booklet. These numerous errors led to rumors that Metropolis was releasing special edition copies of the album. All of these rumors were false.[13] While the tracklisting found on the back cover was incorrect, the linear notes still had all the songs in correct order excluding copies with the missing "Dissident" page.

Singles[edit]

Civilization was accompanied by two singles. Maniacal was released about three months before the album.[1] It contains the original version and a remix of the title track as well as the B-side "Anti". The follow-up to the album was the single Vanished. It includes two remixes of the title track and the non-album tracks "Stürm", "Disseminate" and "Uncivilized".[14] "Stürm" is also featured on the soundtrack album from horror film Saw.[15] Both singles reached the top of the Deutsche Alternative Charts single chart (see Chart positions).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Psychosomatic"   5:35
2. "Maniacal"   5:14
3. "Transmitter" (Accidentally listed as "Fragmented" on some tracklists) 5:38
4. "Vanished"   6:25
5. "Strategic"   1:52
6. "Civilization"   6:43
7. "Fragmented" (Accidentally listed as "Transmitter (Come Together)" on some tracklists) 6:22
8. "Parasite" (Accidentally listed as "Dissident" on some tracklists) 6:13
9. "Dissident" (Accidentally listed as "Schicksal" on some tracklists) 5:29
10. "Schicksal" (Missing from some tracklists) 7:19

Personnel[edit]

Front Line Assembly[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak position
German Alternative Albums (Deutsche Alternative Charts)[16] 1

Singles[edit]

Maniacal[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak position
German Alternative Singles (Deutsche Alternative Charts)[17] 1

Vanished[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak position
German Alternative Singles (Deutsche Alternative Charts)[18] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Front Line Assembly: Maniacal > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  2. ^ Front Line Assembly: Vanished > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. Front Line Assembly: Civilization > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Front Line Assembly - Civilization". Barcode Magazine. February 17, 2004. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Frontline Assembly – Civilization". DisAgreement. February 1, 2004. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ Adair, Mike (April 2004). "Front Line Assembly - Civilization". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lawrence, Alistair (March 2004). "Front Line Assembly - Civilization". Kerrang! (Bauer Media Group) (998). Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ Wright, Helen (February 9, 2004). "Front Line Assembly – Civilization". musicOMH. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ Simpson, Duncan. "Front Line Assembly - Civilization". Musique Machine. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Whitehead, Alex (March 2004). "Front Line Assembly - Civilization". Rock Sound (Freeway Press Inc.) (59). Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b TSF (February 9, 2004). "Front Line Assembly - Civilization". Side-Line. Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Metropolis News". Philadelphia: Metropolis. April 2004. Archived from the original on April 23, 2004. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Front Line Assembly > Civilization". Mindphaser 3.0. July 12, 2005. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ Front Line Assembly: Vanished > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  15. ^ "Saw (2004) Soundtracks". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Deutsche Alternative Charts Jahrescharts 2004 Top 50 Alben" (in German). Public Music & Media Ltd. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Deutsche Alternative Charts Jahrescharts 2003 Top 100 Singles" (in German). Public Music & Media Ltd. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Deutsche Alternative Charts Jahrescharts 2004 Top 100 Singles" (in German). Public Music & Media Ltd. Retrieved April 26, 2014.