Metal Machine Music

Front Line Assembly retains a fascination with all things cyber.

The image on the cover of Artificial Soldier is of an androgynous, bloody child whose body melds with an array of weaponry.

"I am interested in the whole concept of technology versus man," Leeb continues. "We're dead with technology, and we're dead without it. When we go down these paths of self-righteous destruction, it just kind of interests me."

Reflecting on the drug addictions and deaths that have ravaged many members of other proto-industrial bands, Leeb, now in his late 30s, cautiously offers a hopeful outlook for the future, saying he thinks the worst has passed.

Front Line Assembly: The Godolphin Arabians of industrial music
Front Line Assembly: The Godolphin Arabians of industrial music

"I think that you can sort of make plans, but I think that circumstances and fate seem to ante up and get the best of you," he says. "I'd like to say and think that between all these things, some of these things will sort of keep a life of their own and bring you to another point in life we haven't gotten to yet."

But Leeb doesn't want to spend the rest of his days being the "old man" on stage. "I'd like to some day compose a few scores for some films or something," he says. "Music and art are my only two passions. I'll keep on doing this till I fall off a chair. My biggest fear in life would be losing my memory."

Warming to the idea of heading south from Vancouver and then east to Broward County, Leeb gushes over the Massive Attack and Boards of Canada CDs he's been listening to on the long bus ride, adding: "We've always had some good tours in Florida. We've never toured and had an album available at a gig on the release date. It's kind of cool. Another interesting page in my memoirs."

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