Epitaph (Front Line Assembly album)

Studio album by Front Line Assembly
Released October 8, 2001 (2001-10-08)
Recorded 2001 (2001), Cryogenic Studio
Genre Industrial, electro-industrial
Length 54:57
Label Metropolis
Producer Bill Leeb, Chris Peterson
Front Line Assembly chronology
Cryogenic Studio, Vol. 2
Singles from Epitaph
  1. "Everything Must Perish"
    Released: September 11, 2001[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Industrial NationMixed[5]
Metal Hammer7/10[6]
Rock Sound[8]

Epitaph is an album by Vancouver industrial band Front Line Assembly, released in 2001.


With the release, Metropolis also issued a Digipak version that contains a hidden bonus track and was limited to 25.000 copies.[11] Even though the bonus track was originally announced as untitled,[11] its title was later revealed as "Submerged".[12]

The track "Existence" is featured in the 2002 horror film Resident Evil but not on the accompanying soundtrack.[13]

In 2015, Canadian label Artoffact re-released Epitaph on limited edition vinyl.[14]


Everything Must Perish is the only single taken from Epitaph. Along with the original version the title track is featured as radio edit. Non-album track "Providence" is sung by Jenifer McLaren, also guest vocalist on Delerium's Poem. Johan Carlsson from Release Magazine wrote that the band has taken "a more mature and melodic route"[15] with the single. Noting the Delerium influence on "Providence", he described the song as "beefed up, speeded up and dancified Delerium track".[15]

Writing and composition

Being a characteristic feature on previous recordings, on Epitaph Front Line Assembly did not use samples. "This is the first time we quit using movie samples.", said Bill Leeb to Belgian magazine Side-Line and cited the more important role of samples in contemporary music and its financial side: "Sampling is an artform which was criticised in the beginning, but now it's a respected artform with big money in it. It's a big business where I don't feel at ease any longer."[16]

Track listing

All tracks written by Bill Leeb and Chris Peterson, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Haloed"   4:45
2. "Dead Planet"   5:20
3. "Backlash"   5:37
4. "Epitaph"   4:19
5. "Everything Must Perish"   6:19
6. "Conscience"   5:12
7. "Decoy"   6:17
8. "Insolence"   5:46
9. "Krank It Up"   5:43
10. "Existance" (Digipak release includes hidden track "Submerged" (Written and composed by Peterson, Jason Filipchuck)) 7:58


Front Line Assembly

Technical personnel


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  10. Zahora, George (November 21, 2001). "Frontline Assembly: Epitaph". Splendid WebMedia. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  11. 1 2 "Front Line Assembly > Epitaph - Limited Edition". Metropolis. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  12. Carlsson, Johan. "All light on Chris Peterson". Release Musik & Media. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  13. Anderson, Paul W. S. (Director) (2002). Resident Evil (Motion Picture). Germany, United Kingdom, France: Anderson, Paul W. S.
  14. "Front Line Assembly's 'Epitaph' album re-released on vinyl in various packages". Side-Line. Belgium. June 1, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  15. 1 2 Carlsson, Johan (September 7, 2001). "Front Line Assembly: Everything Must Perish - Release Music Magazine review". Release Magazine. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  16. Leeb, Leeb (2001). "Interview with Bill Leeb" (Interview) (37). Interview with Bernard van Isacker.
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