As far as the influence over the industrial scene is concerned, few bands can rival Front 242. This album shows the band still at its creative peak. It sounds somewhat different to what we came to expect from these guys, first of all, because there's almost no 242's trademark Jean-Luc de Meyer's singing. Instead, the female singer dominates most of the songs here. She sounds very convincing, with menacing distortion in certain tracks, and soothing melodism in others. There's a lot of techno influence on the record, and the pulsing of synth lines is entrancing. Overall feeling of the record is dark and disturbing, with hard driving rhythms, though the variety of the tracks is impressive. My favorite is perhaps "Happiness" where hard techno rhythm is mixed with operatic female singing. What's peculiar about this work, is that certain melodic themes and rhythmical structures are used throughout the record, mixed into the tracks structure here and there, as a sort of industrial conceptual record.
This album was the last in a series of studio greatness from Front 242 that continued on from their debut in 1982. "05:22:09:12 Off" is a must have for any industrial or EBM fan.