Front 242 – Front By Front (1988)
Original album comprises the first 10 tracks. Tracks 11-16 are the 1989 single Never Stop together with remixes.
EBM (Electronic body music) grew out of the original industrial music of the mid to late 70s as a more dance orientated genre, generally based on a 4/4 beat with a very clean sound. German band D.A.F. were probably the first band to have their own definitive take on it based on their punk roots, and through the mid to late 80s arguably the biggest two bands were the Essex based Nitzer Ebb and Belgian group Front 242.
Front 242’s approach used militaristic imagery and became more techno influenced, and they peaked with this album, and the 1991 follow-up Tyranny For You. For me though, Front By Front is the definitive EBM album, and the single Headhunter often wins polls for the best industrial song of all time.
D.A.F. - Alles Ist Gut (1981)
Cabaret Voltaire – Microphonies (1984)
Front Line Assembly – Caustic Grip (1990), Tactical Neural Implant (1992)
Nitzer Ebb – Ebbhead (1991)