Assemblage 23 ‎– Contempt


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
gash09 Assemblage 23 Contempt(CD, Album) Gashed! gash09 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
EFA 03617-2 Assemblage 23 Contempt(CD, Album) Accession Records EFA 03617-2 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
met231 Assemblage 23 Contempt(CD, Album, RE) Metropolis met231 US 2004 Sell This Version
met231 Assemblage 23 Contempt(CD, Album, RE, RP) Metropolis met231 US 2004 Sell This Version
none Assemblage 23 Contempt(13xFile, AIFF, Album, RE) Metropolis none US 2018


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January 7, 2008
referencing Contempt, CD, Album, RE, RP, met231

Assemblage 23 is perhaps on the best finds in the EBM/Electro-Industrial scene. While not in the same league as Apoptygma Berzerk, Covenant or VNV Nation, Mr. Shear's brand brings the next best thing, blowing all imitators and second rate bands out of the water! Shear's blend of high production techniques and lyrics of humanity are simply irresistable! Contempt claims to be performed on a single synth multitrack, but sounds like a well done and produced studio album. Not his best work, as some songs sounds sound a bit similar to others, but still a good find. By the time of Defiance and on, Shear nails each track with excellent precision! Pick this one up! 3.5/5


April 5, 2004
referencing Contempt, CD, Album, gash09

Though Failure was a somber masterpiece, and Defiance was decent, but excessively futurepop-ish, Contempt holds a place in my mind as Tom Shear's best contribution. Contempt was his first, and his best. It was a lot harder, faster (for the most part), and darker than his other material, while still retaining his epic clean vocals, and his gritty growls (not seen to often on the 2 following albums). The lyrics are great, and the music is brilliantly pieced together.