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4.1 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

RareBird582 ,

Sounds more experimental, like A23's earliest material

Surveillance, the new side project from Tom Shear (aka Assemblage 23), is just different enough to stand on its own. It's still electronic but more industrial--much like his A23 stuff from Contempt and earlier--only with better production value. The female vocals included on "I Was There" and "Husk" are a nice touch. Most songs aren't that catchy, but I think that's sort of the point--to be less melodic and deliver a grittier atmosphere. Good stuff, and don't forget to check out Shear's other side project, Nerve Filter.

Travis Galle ,

Tom Shear Delivers Again

As a dedicated Assemblage 23 fan, I wasn't expecting anything less than greatness from Tom Shear's new side-project Surveillance. The idea that he was going for a darker, more politically driven album was really wetting my appetite. He certainly did not disappoint. For diehard A23 fans, tracks like Rise and Eye to Eye are worthy bridges from one project to the other, the former being an upbeat manifesto, the latter being a doomy observation about the horrors of humanity. But mostly Oceania has a fresh, more EBM esque sound than any of Shear's previous works. Tracks like I Was There, Panic, and Belief are very raw and heavy, not as dance oriented, but much more brooding and sinister. Thoughtcrime and Voyeur are probably the greatest tracks, the former being a hard hitting club stomper, the latter being a direct slap in the face to the NSA. Overall the album is flawless, ending with Homeland Security, an instrumental with samples exposing the tranny of our elected government. If you are an A23 you will not be turned off by the new sound, and fans of EBM groups like Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb will fall in love with this.

3ntr0py23 ,

Not a bad experimental album

I'm a huge A23 fan, didn't like it that much at first but it grew on me. voyeur, rise, eye to eye, and corridor are good songs. In eye to eye you will notice a melody in the chorus that is from an A23 song.

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