| 1990 (1990)|
Front Line Assembly
Wax Trax! Records
Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber
Electronic body music
| 1989 (1989)–1990 (1990)|
Vancouver Studios, Vancouver
Tactical Neural Implant
Front Line Assembly albums, Electronic body music albums, Other albums
Caustic Grip is an album by Front Line Assembly, originally released on Third Mind Records in Europe and on WaxTrax! Records in the United States in 1990.
The album was the first without co-founding member Michael Balch after Rhys Fulber became a full-time member of the band. Originally intended to record the successor to Gashed Senses & Crossfire together with Leeb, Balch took on tour obligations for Ministry and Revolting Cocks. Leeb decided not to wait and started working with Fulber. Fulber had already worked with Leeb on the Nerve War demo and taken part in the Gashed Senses & Crossfire tour.
Caustic Grip also marked the beginning of the long-standing collaboration with Canadian record producer Greg Reely who assumed mixing duties on the album.
The album was reissued by Roadrunner in 1992 and in 2003 as part of a two-disc set that also includes the Gashed Senses & Crossfire album. Up until the year 1994, when Roadrunner acquired the rights to all Third Mind releases, Caustic Grip sold about 70,000 units.
Iceolate is the first single taken from Caustic Grip. The single was released on August 6, 1990 through Third Mind in Europe and in the United States via Wax Trax!. Along with the original version of the title track the single contains CD-only track "Mental Distortion" and on the CD single a remix of "Iceolate". A promotional music video for "Iceolate" was created and received airplay on MTV. The track also was ranked 85 in the COMA Music Magazine feature 101 Greatest Industrial Songs of All Time.
The follow-up to the album was the single Provision. It contains the original version of the title track as well as a remix of album track "Overkill".
Music magazine Melody Maker made both album singles single of the week in 1990.
The following single Virus features a non-album track of the same name and was released on February 21, 1991 through Third Mind for Europe and by Wax Trax in the United States. It was created during the sessions for Caustic Grip. The different release formats include tracks also appearing on the album – "Provision", "Iceolate" and "Mental Distortion" – as well as remixes of "Virus", "Resist" and "Overkill".
All singles, together with the Mindphaser single, were re-released in 1998 on the compilation album The Singles: Four Fit through Zoth Ommog.
All tracks written by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber.Bill Leeb – vocals
Jeff Stoddard – guitar (5)
Greg Reely – mixing
Christian Mumenthaler – computer images
Sleeping Partner – design
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