|Studio album by|
|Released||September 25, 1995|
|Genre||Electro-industrial, industrial metal|
|Label||Off Beat, Metropolis, Energy, Black Rain|
|Producer||Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber|
|Front Line Assembly chronology|
|Singles from Hard Wired|
Hard Wired is the eighth full-length studio album by Front Line Assembly, released in 1995. The CD release of the album has a note on the back of the insert booklet paying respect to Dwayne Geottel, who had died recently and was a member of Bill Leeb's previous band Skinny Puppy.
Coinciding with Front Line Assembly's tour through Europe in support of Improvised Electronic Device, Hard Wired was re-released in August 2011 by German label Black Rain Records as limited edition picture vinyl with a circulation of 500. It contains only seven songs and lacks the tracks "Mortal", "Modus Operandi" and "Transparent Species".
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Hard Wired in 2015, Canadian label Artoffact released a limited box set vinyl edition of the album with a circulation of 300 that included the Live Wired live album and the Circuitry single, all of which were remastered by Bill Leeb and Greg Reely.
Circuitry is the only single taken from Hard Wired. The limited edition came as a two CD Digipak packaging with different artwork that didn't include the second CD. This CD, titled Circuitry Disc 2, was part of the limited edition box of Hard Wired and packed in a slipcase. The first disc is a Mixed Mode CD and contains interactive content. It includes the official video for the track "Millennium" from the 1994 album of the same name and photo galleries. The data track is listed as first track titled "CD-ROM File" on the back cover. The track is only playable on computers running Windows and requires at least Windows 3.1. Disc 1 includes three remixes of "Circuitry" two of which are from Biosphere and Haujobb. The song "Epidemic" is a non-album track. The second disc includes another remix of "Circuitry" as well as non-album tracks "Destructive Transformation" and "Hydrogen". The idea to involve other artists in remixing originated from the label Off Beat.
Although the following single Plasticity did not appear on Hard Wired it evolved from the album's production process. "It is part of the same sessions", said Rhys Fulber in an interview with Sonic Boom Magazine. According to Fulber this was intentional and was already done with the Virus single: "We kept it off the album to release later [...] It gives people a reason to check it out because if you release it as a single that is already on album no one is really going to care." Along with the original version and a Haujobb remix the single features non-album track "Replicant". A video clip was shot in Vancouver for the track "Plasticity" which also received airplay on Much Music. The video won the award for Best Alternative Video at the 7th annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto in 1996.
The track "Plasticity" is featured in the article series 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time in COMA Music Magazine where it holds rank 70.
Most tracks of the singles were re-released in 1999 through Off Beat on the compilation album Explosion, together with tracks from the Colombian Necktie and Comatose singles. This coincided with the release of Implode, which was met with Bill Leeb's disapproval. Plasticity was re-released in 2012 by German record label Infacted Recordings, limited to 1,000 copies. The rereleased version contains the "Fatalist" single and the "Prophecy" single as additional tracks. A remastered vinyl version of the single was issued in July 2015 by Artoffact. Among the tracks already found on the original single it features another hitherto unpublished remix by Haujobb called "Plasticity (Dope Experience)".
The album has a similar sound to Millennium, albeit with some notable differences. every guitar part of the album is created in studio with the help of returning guitarist Devin Townsend, unlike the last which sampled prominant guitar riffs from several well known metal bands. However, the band still samples three Aphex Twin tracks. Overall, the sound is more varied than the last album with more of an electro-industrial sound, while incorporating more limited guitar parts. Seven of the ten tracks in total feature guitar.
Hard Wired makes extensive use of audio clips from a number of films.Samples used in each individual track can be found in the dedicated column of the track listing below.
- True Romance
- In the Mouth of Madness
- The Puppet Masters
- No Escape
- Romeo Is Bleeding
- The Crow
- Lethal Weapon
- Alien 3
Some tracks use samples from Richard D. James songs, namely "Isopropanol" and "Dodeccaheedron" from his 1994 album Classics as well as "Isopropophlex" from his 1991 EP Analogue Bubblebath Vol I. Also sound effects of the video game Doom can be heard on Hard Wired.
All tracks are written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber.
|10.||"Infra Red Combat"||8:49|
Front Line Assembly
- Bill Leeb – production, programming, vocals, electronic instruments
- Rhys Fulber – production, programming, electronic instruments
- Devin Townsend – electric guitar (tracks: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
- Greg Reely – engineering, mixing
- Delwyn Brooks – assistant engineering
- Dave McKean – design, illustration, photography
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