The Initial Command

The Initial Command
Studio album by Front Line Assembly
Released December 1987 (1987-12)[1]
Genre Industrial
Length 48:40
Label KK, ROIR, Third Mind, Cleopatra, Zoth Ommog
Producer Bill Leeb, Michael Balch
Front Line Assembly chronology
Total Terror
The Initial Command
State of Mind
Alternative cover
Re-release (1997)

The Initial Command is the first album released by Canadian Industrial band Front Line Assembly. Their first two releases, Nerve War and Total Terror, were demo tapes. The music was created mostly by Bill Leeb with some help from Michael Balch. Since the 1987 release of The Initial Command, the album has been re-issued twice. The first release, in 1992, contained no changes. The second release, in 1997, contained two new tracks and new cover art.

The 1997 re-release incorrectly listed the second track "Core" as "Intelligence Dream" while the liner notes have the correct title.[2] "Complexity" and "Core" appear to be new songs at the time of release.[2]

Track listing

All tracks written by Bill Leeb, except where noted.

1987 Release
1."The State" (Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber)6:16
2."Insanity Lurks Nearby"  6:10
3."Casualties" (Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber)4:46
4."Ausgang Zum Himmel" (Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber)7:14
5."Nine Times"  6:27
6."Black March"  5:59
7."No Control"  6:37
8."Slaughterhouse"  5:11
1997 Re-release
1."Complexity"  7:48
2."Core"  6:12
3."The State" (Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber)6:17
4."Insanity Lurks Nearby"  6:03
5."Casualties" (Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber)4:46
6."Ausgang Zum Himmel" (Written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber)7:16
7."Nine Times"  6:30
8."Black March"  6:02
9."No Control"  6:40
10."Slaughterhouse"  5:12
Total length:62:46


Front Line Assembly

Technical personnel


  1. Levermore, Gary (1997). Front Line Assembly - Reclamation (booklet). Front Line Assembly. New York: Roadrunner. pp. 2–3.
  2. 1 2 "Front Line Assembly > The Initial Command". Mindphaser 3.0. Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2010.

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