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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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  • Audio CD (21 Aug. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Accession
  • ASIN: B00004T2DU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MJS on 9 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Assemblage 23 is the project name for Seattle-based musician Tom Shear.
[contempt] is A23's debut album, and it shows. Don't get me wrong, there are great songs here, many a portent for things to come. But the mix sounds slightly flat and some of the tracks are underdeveloped.
But when the tracks are good they are great. 'Anthem' and 'Purgatory' will stay with you long after the album has been put to bed...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
If you don't have this one yet...get it! 4 Jan. 2003
By D. Needham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD back in '99 and loved it! What a great first release! Lush soundscapes, pounding beats, smart lyrics, great samples (but not over-burdened with too many) and every song sounds unique.

Failure was also an outstanding release. Heartbreaking lyrics, but also full of hope. Addendum is good remix cd, great extra track "Let me be your armor". Defiance was a bit disappointed in comparison to these previous releases. But when your expectations are set so high, what can you expect.
As the years have gone by, I keep going back to this CD! Anthem, Surface, Coward, Bi-polar, Pages, Purgatory and Never Forgive are outstanding!
Don't overlook this CD as an older release! You may like it just as much (or more than) Failure.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
If you are found lacking Contempt... 21 Jan. 2003
By Christopher Vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard Failure before Contempt, but this album keeps haunting my headphones. Each track builds a mosaic of electronic bliss. Sometimes dark and sometimes fleeting. I return to this cd often when I am at a loss for what to listen to, it's that wonderful. Tom Shear is a music fan and it shows intensely through his work. Each release up to and including Defiance show growth and an ongoing faith in his craft. His influences shine through (see his messageboard on the main web page for a list in many a post) and he is quite possibly one of the friendliest guys in the biz. He loves to share his thoughts and ideas fluidly with his fans and that is heroic in this music genre. I will maintain a love for A23 and Tom no doubt will continue to be a prominent force to be reckoned with in the ever changing sea of electronic music.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Successor to FLA is here 27 Jun. 2005
By Petar Vodogaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a long time fan of Delerium and a listener of the associated 'Front Line Assembley' and a fan of electronica and industrial sounds I purchased this debut album from the mind of Tom Shear. 'Assemblage 23' is a sole artist opinion and Tom has created a vast plethora of ambient and hight industrialised electronica. I had to listen to this album twice to fully appreciate the workings of this artist and found I enjoyed the varied sounds and tempo of the music. I loved the way the lyrics were played out robotic by Tom Shear. It is the debut album for this artist and I see a bright future for Tom Shear in the industrial music scene. He has much skill as Leeb & Fulber. The best song is 'Purgatory' and the last 3 tracks are remixes that will make it on the dance club list sooner or later.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Journey Through a Painted Mindset 6 Dec. 2002
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After buying this 13-track release I found myself quite enthralled, initially unable to peel myself away from it for any amount of time. Its was a strange thing, too, finding an album whose boundaries stretched beyond the confines of what I had expected, its content an intercourse of rich thoughts and a skill that defied the weak comparisons it oftentimes wears. Still, after following up with Tom Shear's other Assemblage 23 albums, I can see why that would be. With a keen grasp of sound engineering (not to be confused with EBM originality) and the lyrical understanding that typifies-and oftentimes surpasses-what is viewed as greatness, he's actually made three worthwhile releases in a row, earning both my respect and my money as he perfects his abilities to craft a sonically emotional landscape. On this album he's sometimes thoughtful and brooding, sometimes seethes with ambitions wrought by anger and dismay, and sometimes he's simply the provider of a montage of thoughts and ideals rarely conveyed in five-minute intervals. These all come together to spark something wonderful, a seed that only gets better as it grows.
Still, taking my word for it is only that. So, provided below is a sample of the lyrical content on the song "Anthem," torn asunder from the sounds that carry it:
We are bore of stone
and etched by wind
Cast aside to live or die
We are the pawns in our own game
Like Refugees
of silent wars
We step on ever-shifting ground
Promoting what we undermine
For countless days
We walked alone
Directionless and Vulnerable
Sitting targets wearing smiles
The flags we wave
are set adrift
to warm the bones of infant dreams
even as our present is set ablaze
The tinderbox
we sit upon
Decays in churning mists of fog
And crumbles down into the sea.
A great debut for Tom Shear's Assemblage 23 project 11 Jan. 2002
By "neomurtle" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Contempt is Tom Shear's first release under the Assemblage 23 name. There are a variety of styles of industrial/EBM which are used here, probably due to experimenting in which direction he wanted to take the project. Anthem is almost reminisent of VNV Nation's style, but other tracks develop a sound of their own which are certainly original. I knew after listening to this album that Assemblage 23 would be an artist to keep an eye on. The production of Contempt contains somewhat of a tinny sound, but since this is a first release it's nothing to complain about. The best tracks in my opinion are Anthem, Surface, and Purgatory, and I'm sure they will easily make their way onto club playlists. For those who have not heard Assemblage 23 before: Think of the lyrical tone of Nine Inch Nails mixed with the clear vocals and fast high energy electronic music of VNV Nation. If you are a fan of industrial/EBM, be sure to pick up this lesser known album now. Also, don't forget to check out Assemblage 23's newest album, Failure, which is even better.
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