1. Automatic Lover
2. Universal Race
6. Let You Down
10. Liquid Man
Assembly is the fifth studio album by the Norwegian metal band Theatre of Tragedy, released in 2002. It continued the group’s move from gothic to a more electronic and pop style of music. This style was described as similar to “Siouxsie and the Banshees jamming with Ace of Base”.
Assembly was the last Theatre of Tragedy album featuring the vocals of Liv Kristine. According to Kristine the band fired her by email, citing musical differences.
While Musique themes mentioned radios, streetfighting and nightlife, the songs on Assembly generally focus more on people than technology, such as in “Play” and “Let You Down“. The album’s modern setting is still emphasised by “Automatic Lover”, which refers to modern nightlife, and “Universal Race“, which uses space travel as a metaphor for sexual intercourse.
A limited edition of the album contains the cover of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” as bonus track. The song was originally a hit by The Supremes and was also made famous by Vanilla Fudge and Kim Wilde.
The cover art was designed by Thomas Ewerhard, who also made the covers for the next two albums by the band, Storm and Forever Is the World.
Metal Mind Productions reissued the album on July 27, 2009. The album has been digitally remastered using 24-bit process on a golden disc and includes three bonus tracks, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On“, “Let You Down” (Remix) and “Motion” (Funker Vogt Remix). The album is limited to 2,000 copies.