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Assemblage 23 is the musical brainchild of Seattle-based musician
Tom Shear. Exploding onto the scene with the release of his albums
Contempt and Failure, Assemblage 23 quickly became one of the
most popular acts in the genre. Now, he presents Bruise, his most
fully realized album to date. From the opening electrical glitches of
Crosstalk to the musical warmth and lyrical darkness of The Last
Mistake, Bruise shows that Tom Shear is an artist at the top of his
craft. A23 s fans made this release one of the most anticipated of
2012, and Assemblage 23 has delivered the best album of his career.

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This album might become a masterpiece ... it has diversity in
abundance, brings in new elements but also recalls the trademarks. --Reflections of Darkness

1. Crosstalk
2. The Last Mistake
3. Over & Out
4. The Noise Inside My Head
5. Outsider
6. Darkflow
7. Automaton
8. The Other Side of the Wall
9. Talk Me Down
10. Otherness

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 12, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metropolis Records
  • ASIN: B0081R2CPK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tom Shear began constructing music at home under the moniker Man On A Stage in the late 1980's. Most of the music was very simplistic and poorly constructed, with no vocals at first but as time went on they occurred more often. While working on Man On A Stage, Tom Shear also was playing bass live for a punk-influenced band collectively known as the Advocates.

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Automaton Every album this group puts out has at least one song that moves me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Rinehart on June 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
"Bruise" is the latest offering from Assemblage 23, the electronic music project of Mr. Tom Shear. It continues in the same vein as previous material, yet the progress of composition is clear.

There seems to have been an emphasis on melody on "Bruise." While this does not indicate a departure from the style that A23 has previously used, it is apparent that this album was constructed in particular with melodies in mind. Track after track on this album has both catchy grooves and beats, and words from choruses will get stuck in the listener's head.

For those like me who still cherish physical CDs, this album in particular will not disappoint. "Bruise" seems to have been put together with album flow a strong consideration, as each track blends and seems to relate, both harmonically and lyrically, to the previous and to the next. Fans of the electronic music genre will be pleased to note that Mr. Shear continues with his mix of original and dark synth use. He has established himself as a master of the art and continues to build on that reputation with this release. The lyrics are strong and sometimes cutting, and never detract from the compositions.

If there is a con to this album, it is the inclusion of very solid tracks on the bonus CD that could have easily been included on the main album - which isn't really a con at all! The second CD is also very solid, with plenty of remixes from other heavy-hitters in the genre (Cesium-137 and Daniel Myer, to name a couple of my faves), as well as three additional tracks that one would be cautious to label "B-sides."

If you are a fan of A23 and have liked the direction the music has been taking with the last few releases, "Bruise" will not disappoint; it is both familiar and progressive.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Duke Revolution on July 14, 2012
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I've been a fan of Assemblage 23 since I discovered them with Failure. Like their other albums I've enjoyed, this one is dark. Dark to the point of discomforting at times, but it's this thought-provoking, emotional outpouring that makes Assemblage 23 stand out from the hordes of other EBM projects out there. I'll go over my favorite tracks.

Crosstalk
The album starts out with a danceable number called "Crosstalk." Continuing the trend of producing at least one politically-charged track per album since Meta, this song lambasts the mass media for using propaganda to control the emotions of the people. It's catchy enough to be listed as one of my favorite tracks on the album, even though it's admittedly not really the proper flavor for A23, who tend to focus on the internal struggle rather than the external.

The Last Mistake
This song gave me chills when I first listened to it, and it does so even after listening to it over the last month. Dark and twisted, yet fundamentally sorrowful in tone, The Last Mistake sets aside the normal fare of feeling of inadequacy with something like crazed jealousy. Even before the lyrics come in, the beat denotes a detached insanity. I love this song; whether because of or in spite of the message I can't be certain.

The Noise Inside My Head
I first heard this song back in 2011, when I saw Assemblage 23 in concert. I couldn't hear the lyrics that well, but I instantly knew that I loved it, and couldn't wait for it to be released. It's this song that really shows off Tom Shear's ability to write - there are not many songs in the mass market that can seamlessly include such terms as "cacophony," "ceaseless disarray," or "infestation" into a work with an unforgiving regular beat. This is my favorite track on the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Anderson on September 2, 2012
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Once again Tom Shears has put out another wonderful album as Assemblage 23. Bruise picks up where Compass has left off. The album in my honest opinion is the most melodic A23 to date. While Tom doesn't stray far from his brand of EBM/synthpop, it is obvious that his strength lies in his abilities to create memorable melodies that sticks in my head and dance beats that makes me want to dance. I will admit that Bruise does sound an awful lot like the last few A23 albums and I think that is what lead me to give Bruise only four stars. That said I do love Bruise. The songs are really infectious and catchy. I particularly love the track "Darkflow" which for me is the catchiest songon the album. "Talk Me Down" is another personal favorite track of mine. I really love the beats on this track. I can listen to Bruise from start to finish without skipping a single track. Definitely one of my favorite a lbums of 2012.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DC on June 16, 2012
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While musically, Bruise remains in the same vein as A23's previous albums, the lyrics take a quite different tone this time around. Where older songs tended towards introversion, isolation, and bitterness, Bruise steps away to what I'd characterize as a focus on the gentler, interpersonal aspects of being fully "human", of which Otherness is the best example.

That said, there *are* songs more reminiscent of Shear's earlier works. The Noise Inside My Head carries on the "statement of self" theme heard in Naked, Cocoon, and Raw. The Last Mistake is an accusatory piece, similar to Coward or King of Insects, but far more disturbing thanks to a shift to the first person. And should you need a new earworm, Automaton's chorus shows no sign of letting go any time soon.

In considering the Deluxe Edition, I find that Reckless is the only song I can throw my full weight behind, though Rain Falls Down is a solid track as well. While I have little fondness for the endless remixes endemic to electronic music, thanks to the negligible price difference, I'd recommend the Deluxe Edition for those two tracks alone.
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