Oct 2012 03

Assemblage 23 - BruiseAssemblage 23
Category: Synthpop / Futurepop / EBM
Album: Bruise
Stars: 4
Blurb: Masterfully melancholy, soothing vocal melodies that tug at the brain, and electro you won’t soon forget make up the latest from this veteran act.


Assemblage 23 has been around since 1988, a whopping feat for any band in any genre. Even more so, the band has been releasing striking and quality material since then. The latest, Bruise is no different. Though somewhat familiar in style and feel, Bruise features everything you’ve come to expect from an Assemblage 23 release with some nice bells and whistles to go along with them. The vocals are melodic, deep, and melodramatic as always. The synths jump and dart listeners through songs with ease, and the electronics are quirky, catchy, and interesting so whether it’s your first or just your latest Assemblage 23 album, you’ll be on the right track.

“Crosstalk” is a charming and incredibly strong opening track with its upbeat tempo, hyper paced bass line, eye popping electronics, and sage like vocal styling and delivery throughout. “Over & Out” offers more social commentary in the lyrics with the fresh electro dance instrumentation that seems to be a bit more present on this release than others, but not with the trademark sorrowful feeling in the melodies. Album standout “The Noise Inside My Head” is a track that electrifies immediately and even brings the vocals up to speed with the instrumentation so that they act as equals rather than contrast each other. The synths here will take refuge in your head and stomp at your mind all day afterwards. “Darkflow” is sure to be a fan favorite as it segues from fast paced volleys into a melodic ocean flow like chorus that crashes into your ears like waves at night. “Automation” kicks open your doors with its drums and synths after a quick setup and here the vocals are affected with a robotic sound to get its point across. During the chorus, the trancelike keys will make everyone want to jump and stomp and wave their hands uncontrollably. “Otherness” is one of the slower, more methodically paced tracks that seem to stalk like a snake and use its dark background pads to strike, the melodies as its venom – effective and powerful.

If you’re fortunate enough to get the deluxe edition of Bruise, you’re treated to several remixes as well as some original tracks. The remixes that definitely should not be missed are the Daniel Myer Vancouver Tribute of “Rain Falls Down,” Grendel’s remix of “The Noise Inside My Head,” and Geoff Pinkney’s remix of “The Last Mistake.” The original tracks “Rain Falls Down,” “God is a Strangely Absent Father,” and “Reckless” are all awe inducing productions and it’s a wonder that none of them made the main album track list. Bruise is a monster of a project and having so much to offer despite its familiarity, it’ll be a hard album not to have in your collection.
Track list:
Disc 1

  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

Disc 2

  1. Rain Falls Down
  2. The Last Mistake (Cesium_137 RMX)
  3. The Noise Inside My Head (Grendel RMX)
  4. Rain Falls Down (Daniel Myer Vancouver Tribute RMX)
  5. God is a Strangely Absent Father
  6. The Noise Inside My Head (Sonik Foundry RMX)
  7. Rain Falls Down (iVardensphere RMX)
  8. The Noise Inside My Head (Boyz Inside My Bed RMX by Alter Der Ruine)
  9. The Last Mistake (Geoff Pinkney of Tenek RMX)
  10. Reckless

Assemblage 23 Website http://assemblage23.com
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Assemblage 23 Twitter https://twitter.com/Assemblage_23
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Assemblage 23 Bandcamp http://assemblage23.bandcamp.com
Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
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Metropolis Records Twitter http://www.twitter.com/metropolisrec
Purchase at:
Amazon CD (Standard Edition)
Amazon CD (Deluxe Edition)
Amazon MP3
Ovis Terrell Ross (TreverAeonIO)

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