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Retrospective E​.​P​.​#1

by Fate Razor

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Following the demise of the first version of Crimson Boy in 1990, the 12" single "Desolation Angel / Neon Dog" (1991) became the prototype for a new solo identity that would later become Fate Razor. The first defined track - "Angelignite" originated in 1993; with "ColdComfort Logic" following in 1994 shortly after relocating to Melbourne and the very fertile 'Industrial' scene active there at the time. These two tracks, along with "Love Gone Wrong Song", "Love Gone Wrong Song 3am", "BlackGuard Wolfpack" and "Dead Dreams Bloom" were released on various compilation albums in Australia and the USA including the much sought-after "Re-Evolution" CD, as well as "Reload", "Circuit Noir", "Vulgar Tongue”, “Blatant Propaganda Volume 1”, and “Dark Eyed And Starry They Were” etc.

A self-titled Fate Razor album was set for release in early 1996, spurred by preliminary interest from Chicago's infamous Wax Trax Records, but matters of fate intervened. Some of that material will surface in the following Retrospective EP#2. "Three of Swords" and "King Circuit" were written after returning to Perth in mid 1996 and featured on further obscure compilation CD's.

Retrospective EP#1 then, is a snapshot of the sound and the headspace of that era - dimly lit swansongs to lost love, Sitiuationist manifestos and globalist defiance delivered via Dalek agitation, deity-destroying mantras in metallic glitter, nihilism, angst, and the raw thrill of sampling and sound. All these songs were sequenced on an Atari 1040STE with 2mb of RAM, Roland JV880 and Juno 106 synths, a Zoom effects box, and a collection of Akai samplers (later replaced with the Ensoniq ASR-10 workstation). The software was Emagic's “Notator” - a beautifully primitive-looking black and white screen of pure mathematics disguised as a songwriting tool; still the tightest and most powerful sequencing programme by far.

The original songs have been tweaked very subtly, and remastered to bring out the qualities that were buried beneath the din. Thankyou to DJ and music aficionado Brad Smart for forwarding the only existing copy of the original song files, seemingly lost for many years. Retrospective EP#2 is presently been finalised, to be followed by new material - the single “Starman” and associated EP, and the album “Fallen Machines Ascending, Into Hell”; these were definitely not written on an Atari 1040STE…

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released October 19, 2018

Music + Words: V.Valentini
Artwork + Design: Lightarmour Editions

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Fate Razor Perth, Australia

Fate Razor is the long-running side project of Vince Valentini - producer, and one half of Crimson Boy. Its the Mr Hyde of CB's Dr Jekyll - a harsher, darker twin soul fastened to a dense propulsive sound that melds industrial noise, dub, electronica, and bastardised Hip-hop. After a hiatus of over a decade, two EP's of songs sourced from '93 onwards are been released in prep for new material. ... more

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Track Name: ColdComfort Logic
Stand Tall Fool
Dishing out a little of the bliss malish
Bent over snapped lightning under blitz the system
Feed a little terror to the heart, still warm in memorium
But careless is the hold, the fucker has been sold
Fool
You’re dishing out a little of the bliss malish
Bent over snapped lightning under blitz the system
Feed a little terror to the heart, still warm in memorium
But careless is the hold, the fucker has been sold
Fool
You’re dishing out a little of the bliss malish
Bent over snapped lightning under blitz the system
Feed a little terror to the heart, still warm in memorium
But careless is the hold, the fucker has been sold

Serenity midnight’s unseen hand
Serenity midnight’s unseen hand

I stripped this tired clown of heart
And threw the weakest pieces out
Called animal need, rain razor shine
Screw system-boy to the ground

Oh get real, fool
You’re dishing out a little of the bliss malish
Bent over snapped lightning under blitz the system
Feed a little terror to the heart, still warm in memorium
But careless is the hold, the fucker has been sold
Serenity midnight’s unseen hand come ploughing down silent, planted steel, gospel deep
Big emotions in a small-minded world
This is the system, oh fuck the system
This is where I leave you all behind, the aim of your hearts having proved unsound
Let it rain razor shine
Let it rain razor shine
Track Name: Love Gone Wrong Song 3am
Walked a rain-soaked dizzy walk
Wires singing me home
Talking to myself like an old man, old man gone

Pushed your face from the trees
Spitting gutter-speak and shades of loss unbound
Of ‘where’ and ‘why’ and fuck this random cruelty
We all ride its back unwillingly

Pushed your face from the trees
And pictured you cat-curled up in a sleeping frown
Nursing in-retreat a warm heart bruised, a cold-lipped kiss
I hear it
Track Name: Love Gone Wrong Song
Pound useless pound
Pound useless
Pound useless pound, memory
Track Name: Three Of Swords
Eggman come - what do you remember?
Eggman come - I remember the distance
What do you remember? distance
I remember, I remember the distance

I am the Eggman
In your skin, sitting ill at ease
I make my home inside the wormholes of your heart diseased
Three strikes to the Eggman, for his teeth are in my being
All the ego’s children have been slashed

I remember
I remember the distance
I remember
I remember the distance

You’re king in my heart
But the fires are shut
You’re out on the street boy
And the lights are out

I remember
Track Name: King Circuit
I’m doing the robotic two-step
I’ve come out of the other side
Got a silver suit and I’ll use it
I’ve seen the Angels flicker in your eyes
Seen the Angels flicker in your eyes

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