FLA slows things down for "AfterLife" by asking, "What are we fighting for?" throughout the song. This song is a good candidate for a movie soundtrack, perhaps during the end credits of a movie like Terminator? This song is inspired by the death of the father of Bill Leeb, the founder and longest member of FLA. Bill searched for his father for twenty years before he found him, and he passed away only two months after his search was over.
The last of the hard driving industrial tracks on the album is "Stupidity," and it features vocals from Al Jourgensen of Ministry - which is an interesting tie-in, as a former member of FLA, Michael Balch, went on to join Ministry back in the early 90's. "Stupidity" has the listener constantly comparing it to a Ministry song, and Al singing doesn't help it at all. FLA has the guitars in Ministry fashion on this song right from the start and could be a great tune to play when hitting 100mph on any highway - Would go right along with the name of the song!
"Downfall" is maybe my least favorite track on the album. It starts off slow, which after a song like Stupidity, it's like slamming on the brakes driving 100mph on a highway! This song does provide a fine ending to the great album though, even when at the very end of "Downfall" where a seemingly commercial announcer proclaims "Goodbye".
Overall this album is a must for any Front Line Assembly fan, it provides a great mix of dance, industrial, and even some down-tempo mix with "Downfall".
If you would like to hear more from Front Line Assembly, I will be interviewing Bill Leeb during my live show on BounceRadio.net at 9pm ET - Feel free to join us in the chat room and throw out some questions for Bill! In case you miss the live stream, this show will also be later available as a podcast download at Zaldor.com.