Assemblage 23 – Endure

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/Label: Metropolis
Released: 2016
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Band line up:13419111_1192827680736137_7150683814225296553_n
Tom Shear – music, lyrics, vocals
Paul Seegers – live keys
Mike Jenney – live drums
  1. Endure
  2. Afterglow
  3. Bravery
  4. Salt The Earth
  5. Static
  6. Call The Dawn
  7. Butterfly Effect
  8. Barren
  9. Grid
  10. December

Who would have thought that the bastion of grunge rock, Seattle, could produce such fine EBM acts as Assemblage 23? Fact is this act actually pre dates the teen spirited ones by almost a decade and that rather than an assemblage this is a one man band, that man being Tom Shear. Over the years Tom…sorry Assemblage 23 have clocked up eight studio albums including this little nugget.

Endure has all the hallmarks of real quality but it’s the track ‘Salt The Earth’ that’s the one real banger here. This is the one with pace that gets those feet moving and sounds like it has a bit of class about it. Elsewhere the tempo becomes a tad pedestrian which won’t endear it to clubs but it still has that feel of quality, a case of silk and not hessian.

The electro market is awash with almost any Tom, Dick and Harry with a lap top and a keyboard these days. Most of their output is laughable, but sit can obscure the bona fida musicians. It’s a great shame because Assemblage 23 has always been worth listening to and this album is no different. It’s a sober take on EBM that can be hard to pull off. There are no frenetic pulses to obfuscate a lack of writing talent. Endure looks, and more importantly sounds, like a record that will do exactly what it says on the tin, it will stand the test of time.

Review by: Gary Trueman