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Front 242

With Gray Area. Tuesday, November 15, at the Odeon.

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Very few bands still active in the industrial rock scene are spoken of in the reverent, hushed tones that Front 242 elicits. The Brussels, Belgium four-piece of Daniel B., Patrick Codenys, Jean-Luc De Meyer, and Richard 23 helped place WaxTrax! Records on the map with a signature fusion of rigid beats, creative sampling, and a distinct visual look, which many fanboys would lift for themselves.

As self-styled "electro-disco-terrorists," Front 242 first packed dance floors with the industrial club anthem "Headhunter" (from 1988's Front by Front). They later turned heads with 1993's sonically complex 06:21:03:11 UP EVIL, as well as by crossing genres and having the Orb and the Prodigy remix their songs. Now on this generation's I-rock label of choice, Metropolis Records, 242 returns to Cleveland for its first and only Ohio show in seven years. What to expect? A solid cross section of work from the early days up to 2003's sleeper hit, Pulse. In light of previous performances, expect many fans of the band to get winded long before the hyperkinetic Richard 23 does.

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