|Studio album by Front Line Assembly|
|Released||September 25, 1995|
|Label||Off Beat, Metropolis, Energy, Black Rain|
|Front Line Assembly chronology|
|Singles from Hard Wired|
Hard Wired is an album by Front Line Assembly, released in 1995.
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.
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)".
- 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 written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber.
|10.||"Infra Red Combat"||8:49|
Front Line Assembly
- Bill Leeb – programming, vocals, electronic instruments
- Rhys Fulber – programming, electronic instruments
- Devin Townsend – guitar
- Greg Reely – engineering, mixing
- Delwyn Brooks – assistant engineering
- Dave McKean – design, illustration, photography
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