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Assemblage 23

Assemblage 23 is the brainchild of Seattle-based Tom Shear, who spent a decade on various electronic projects before finding success as a respected EBM act. For live performances he is accompanied by Paul Seegers on keyboards and Kevin Choby on electronic drums.

Although he had previously written music, it wasn't until 1988, when, at a concert by Depeche Mode, Shear was inspired by the industrial sounds spun by the opening DJ. He soon shifted from instrumental synth-pop (under the name Man on a Stage) to a combination of his punk, synth-pop, and industrial influences. Changing the name to Assemblage 23, Shear self-released Wires in 1992, with little interest from record labels. In the mid-'90s, he produced tracks for a side project called Nerve Filter, exploring dark, instrumental techno (previous endeavors included playing bass for the Advocates, as well as the short-lived synth-pop project Procession). Finally, in 1995, Arts Industria released the first Assemblage 23 track, "Graverobber," on a compilation. In 1998, Canadian label Gashed signed Assemblage 23 and the following year released its first full-length, Contempt. In 2001, the follow-up, Failure, a mature recording of electro and industrial dance, was issued and found popularity in dance clubs. After difficulties with Gashed, Assemblage 23 signed with Metropolis in 2001, re-releasing Contempt and Failure. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Meta

1. Decades [v2]

2. Raw

3. Sorry

4. Ghosts

5. Binary

6. Damaged

7. Madman's Dream

8. Truth

9. Crush

10. Old

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Track List: Storm

1. Human

2. Skin

3. Ground

4. Let The Wind Erase Me

5. Infinite

6. Complacent

7. You Haven't Earned It

8. Regret

9. Apart

10. 30KFT

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Track List: DEFIANCE

1. Opened

2. Drive

3. Blindhammer

4. Cocoon

5. Document (Original Mix)

6. Fallen Down

7. Horizon

8. Light

9. Maps Of Reality

10. Lullaby

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Track List: Failure

1. Naked

2. I Am The Rain

3. House On Fire

4. Tried

5. Disappoint

6. Divide

7. Longevity

8. Silence

9. Awake

10. King Of Insects

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Track List: Contempt

1. Anthem

2. Surface

3. Coward

4. Bi-Polar

5. Pages

6. Purgatory

7. Sun

8. Skyquake

9. Never Forgive

10. 7 Days

11. Coward (Pain Station Melting Mix)

12. Skyquake (Manhole Vortex Protocol X 'Voice Of God' Mix)

13. The Drowning Season (Ed Vargo DSKo2k Mix)

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Track List: Bruise

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

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Track List: Spark (Radio Single)

1. Spark

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There is a song by the title of "Spark" that I consider my anthem. It has gotten me through the toughest times. Thank you for everything!!
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I agree it did sound facetious, but I assure you it was not Mr Knight Owl...I love your work! btw
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julian.n.san c h e z
Amazing talent!
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h8unow
Yes, it was called PImpf. I just started eating my poo...is it bad for me?
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That opening instrumental song by DepecheMode in 88'... wasn't it titled PIMPF???
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OK
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hdhdosgcggeo q f w o s o f x j o h s i n f k e p
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I love him so much
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Why do they not have the Addendum album on here? One of their most famous songs Let Me Be Your Armor isn't even on here... Ouch.
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And to think this was written about his own father's suicide :(
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progpond3
Depeche Mode knockoff. Not that it's a bad thing.
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Old
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"Leaves me shaking my beliefs"
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This song sounds most like razed in black . cassandra love it .
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Saw them at Bunker.... Lived up to all my preconceive notions..... S m a s h e d all the Bounderies, would see them again if I had to walk to Washington !!!!!!!!!!!!
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rudyalminana
Great
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Damaged awesome song
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MORTAL KOOOOOMBAT!! ! :D
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I think it's really good... I hear much more Duran Duran then Depeche, tho... mostly because of his singing style.. still excellent
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Every time I hear this song at the gym...I work out even hard.
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LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEEE them!
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I absolutely love this song! It's an auditory painting.
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Good old-fashione d meaningful old school
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There's no artist that combines lyrical genius with a heavy synthesized beat like Tom Shear. Everything is so intricate, and designed to complement. I wish that more people could experience the talent and work ethic of A23.
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This guy is phenomenal.
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Madman's Dream... Go Assemblage 23!!!
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i feel a night of dancing coming over me.....
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Spark will ignite your soul.
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WOW
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Love it! makes me wanna dance!
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I've been a musician for 38 years. I knew music when I was ten. This is music that resonates thoroughly. So different than anything that I have ever heard. This music is in a class all it's own. I love this! I have to get this.
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Love it all
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This man has changed my life
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Top 100 song for me, seen him in concert in Oklahoma City, OK..he played this and fans gathered in joy and tears
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This really makes me want to dance
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one of my favorite artists
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Fantastic
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torok.43
Assemblage 23 are my second favourite band for Future pop right after VNV Nation.
Tom Shear you're an idol to me!
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dvdmoffit
Disappoint is a great song by Assemblage 23. Lyrics are pretty sad if you listen to them or look them up.
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I listen to a large variety of music, assemblage23 is the best :)
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Great artist
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amberr03073
Great band! Gotta hear more.
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Favorite band of all time!
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Sounds outstanding, need more!
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yeti30312
sounds like a poor depeche mode ripoff.
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It sounds alot like Blutengle to me. I really like it though
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Shalom Tom! May you be filled with peace, love, joy, wisdom, truth, light and great prosperity this new age!
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Wow, WOW! Inspired by Depeche Mode! You can hear the influence. :) Also, at the beginning, the sound seemed like it was taken from an Information Society song-- Ending World, I believe?
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Tom Shear is a lyrical genius! Damaged is my favorite song as I can relate (as I'm sure we all can). And... his inspiration was DM!!! Double bonus! I'm surprised A23 isn't more well known though. Talent like this should be shared for the whole world to enjoy!
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Hear for first time on Pandora. added to my iPhone. Love this artist!
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