This is the seventh studio album by Assemblage 23, and if you've not heard of this outfit, frankly where the hell have you been?
This is industrial-electro in a similar vein to VNV Nation (Empires) and Mesh (The Point at Which It Falls Apart), but where those outfits have struggled to break new ground in recent years, this album continues the evolution of sound that began back in 1999 with the amazing Contempt.
There are the hard house beats that one has come to know and love, but the grooves are more melodic with a shift away from what would be consider traditional industrial music towards a more immersive experience which touches on the likes of both Depeche Mode (Violator) and Vangelis (Blade Runner) - these songs go somewhere. They have texture and taste.
And yet despite the musical genius, what continues to lift not only this album, but the entire Assemblage 23 catalogue, above all others in the genre, is the songwriting. There is no rambling fillers here - every track has a message, and this is not meant in a preach-ie way, but rather in a "hey - stop what you're doing and actually think for a moment."
The stand out tracks are deeply sinister "The Last Mistake" (which evokes memories of "Let Me Be Your Armour" on the awesome Addendum), "The Noise Inside My Head", "The Other Side of The Wall", and my personal favourite "Darkflow".
The second album is loosely advertised as remixes and b-sides. Far from it. "Rain Falls Down" and "God Is A Strangely Absent Father" are worth the cost of the extra CD alone, and the other 8 tracks offer insights into alternate beats and grooves.
In short, there are plenty of club-friendly anthems here, but for me, this is best listened to in the dark.
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Worth paying the extra money for the 2 disc version with three extra tracks and the rest remixes.Not realy into remixes but love the cesium137 version of the last mistake.Liked the last albums meta and compass and this is even better.Taking in some different styles of electro with some going more towards dance but still raw enough to be different.Instant hits for me are the noise inside my head and talk me down.If you like mesh or de/vision etc then this is one to listen to.