Front Line Assembly / Die Krupps

The Remix Wars, Vol. 2

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Although Die Krupps and Front Line Assembly have both used guitars heavily in previous releases, they have always had a different focus -- Die Krupps on using the electro sound to support the guitars, and Front Line Assembly on pure electronica, with an few excursions into sampling using guitars (with the help of Strapping Young Lad's Devin Townsend). Nowehere is this difference in approach more evident than in the Remix Wars Strike 2. Experienced remixers, Front Line Assembly has developed the ability to turn any song they remix into their own, and the first three tracks of the Remix Wars Strike 2 are exactly that. Die Krupp's songs are recreated in Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber's image, taking on heavy structure, heavier dance beats, and more complicated electronic backgrounds. Meanwhile, Die Krupps have done the same to Front Line Assembly's track in the latter half, going as far as what sounds like covering the tracks rather than remixing them. The end result is very, very Die Krupps, right down the new vocal tracks. The end result is a release that has interest for fans of both bands, but a release of limited appeal to fans of only one of the presented artists. However, some of these tracks pack a powerful punch worth investigating.

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