Front Line Assembly have released their first new album in almost six years. Having rejoined the group in 2016 in a touring capacity, ‘Wake Up The Coma’ also marks the studio return to FLA of Rhys Fulber, thus reuniting him with founder member Bill Leeb in the duo line-up that has already made so many classic electronic records together.

Musically, ‘Wake Up The Coma’ sees FLA continue to push the envelope of the electro-industrial genre that they helped to define. A teaser single from the record entitled ‘Eye On You’ featured Robert Görl of DAF (one of Leeb’s earliest influences), while the album also includes a guest vocal appearances from Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost on the strident title track, Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Cocksure) on the Bowie-ish ’Spitting Wind’ and Mindless Self Indulgence frontmanJimmy Urine on a surprise cover version of Falco’s 1986 no. 1 smash hit ‘Rock Me, Amadeus’. A reference to Leeb’s own Austrian heritage, perhaps?

A video for ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ is available now. Directed by Jason Alacrity, who himself has roots in industrial electronic music and has shot clips for the likes of Skinny Puppy and Combichrist, it features Urine performing half-rapped, half-sneered verses in German over a relentlessly oscillating bass line and exudes Teutonic cool, albeit in a kitsch 80’s way. In red-rimmed shades and skinny pink tie, Urine appears, Max Headroom-style, on an old Sony CRT TV. There are laser lights, old-school threads, and vintage video effects, plus a rotating bust of Mozart under Miami Vice lighting. Despite this, the clip feels contemporary and is the ideal accompaniment for reanimation of a classic pop number that always gets listeners singing along.

 

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