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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (2 Dec. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Accession
  • ASIN: B00006J9PX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By M. Brewer on 14 Aug. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I purchased this album after AFI's Davey Havok said great things about it, and a few years later and my A23 collection expanded to any releases I could get my hands on, I am still deeply grateful to Davey for bringing such a brilliant album to my attention. Being new to the EBM scene I embraced the album with an open mind and found I instantly fell in love with it. The artwork itself is intriguing and ties in well with the dark and questioning music contained within. There is good variety between the songs, first track 'Opened' is quite an upbeat dance number, 'Blindhammer' is dark and brooding, while 'Cocoon' is gentle and hypnotic. 'Drive' and 'Document' are catchy and will get your foot tapping along without being over accessible and too pop sounding. 'Light' and 'Maps Of Reality' are fast noisy numbers before the closing lullaby of, er, 'Lullaby'! The real stand out track for me is 'Horizon' which is a 7 and a half minute epic that is such a well constructed song with a superb mid paced rhythm and haunting keys, and great lyrics and the vocals fit really well, even now with the Compass album being the most recent release, I think this is still my favourite A23 song. I would recommend any A23 release, but I think this is a great starting point as its not as aggressive as previous releases but gives you a good idea of what to expect from the albums that follow this one. If you already own other A23 albums but not this - get it now! Tom Shear is a very talented man and has a back catalogue of truly wonderful releases. Regarding the lyrics of 'Document' "This is a document to prove that I was here this is a document to prove I was at all... And when there's nothing left of me will my memory still go on?" the answer is a definite YES!
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i was both surprised and excited when i realised that a23s latest offering "defiance" was out late last year because its only been about 18 months since a23 released "failure" which in my opinion was the best album released by anyone in 2001!for anyone who isnt familiar with a23,the best way to describe their music is hard,melodic,depressing and exellent synthpop,very much in the vein of the british alternative electronic gods "vnv nation"and consists of one man "tom shear"for other fans of a23 you can expect pretty much the same mixture of hard beats,exellent vocals,inventive,intelligent lyrics and best of all the most melodic and brilliant darkwave/synthpop album released last year! but it seems somethings missing it seems since "failure" tom has gone all positive on us,proberly the reason i love "failure" so much is because it was driven by negativity and by toms personal loss of his father taking his own life and by listening to "failure" you really can feel the anger,frustration and sadness which make it such a special album."defiance" though is alot more positive and bright in outlook which in a way is exellent because it shows that even when your down you can allways try and pick yourself up,dont get me wrong "defiance"is no party album it has alot of classic a23 slash your wrists numbers and is still very dark and powerful,"defiance" is a good,in fact a brilliant synthpop album its just not as good as "failure"
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assemblage 23's "defiance" for me was the most eagerly awaited release of last year,although i was excited,on the other hand i felt nervous,how could a23 improve on their last release "failure"? the truth is they cant,but what they have done is created another exellent album which sits along side covenants "northern light" as the best synthpop/ebm/futurepop album of last year!for those of you who are not familiar with a23,it is the one vision of canadian "tom shear" who is responsible for everything in a23,he produces,dark,downtempo,midpaced,upbeat,incredible synthpop with the most imaginative and intelligent lyrics,that make you think,cry and understand.most of the songs on "defiance" and all the other a23's albums seem to reflect "tom shears" life and his way of thinking at the time he writes the albums "failure" for example was a album dripping with realism and negativity because of the personal loss in his life,"defiance"on the other hand seems a bit more positive in outlook hence the term "defiance".i wont lie assemblage 23 are a very personal band,and to the average person would be extremly deppressing and difficult to get into but to me a23 is a band that will stand the test of time and "defiance" will allways be a brilliant synthpop album. reccomended to anyone into "depeche mode" and "vnv nation"
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