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Retrospective E​.​P​.​#2

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Second release in the Fate Razor Retrospective Series, Retrospective EP#2 collects a further 5 tracks produced between 1993 and 1998, including the prototype song that initiated the project - Angelignite; a metallic angst anthem, and predecessor to ColdComfort Logic.

Angelignite, Dead Dreams Bloom, and BlackGuard Wolfpack were previously released on obscure compilation albums during the project's Melbourne era and summarise accurately the sound and headspace of that period. An account of the prophetic nightmare/dream that inspired BlackGuard can be found in a recent interview - see the AustralianGothicIndustrial link in the sidebar.

The 'Dub Reconstruction' version of BlackGuard Wolfpack (previously unavailable) was crafted by Fanc Tetaz and originally intended for the debut Fate Razor album which was in production at the time but never finalised; its an alternate bare-bones stripdown of the mutant industrial hip-hop of the original.

The original version of "Cold Star" was written in Perth in 1998 and intended for release on a compilation of electronic artists by Perth label Divination Records.

Like the first EP, the songs of Retrospective EP#2 were sequenced on an Atari 1040STE, triggering Roland JV880 and Juno 106 synths, and a collection of Akai samplers (and lots of floppy discs). Cold Star was written on the Atari 1040STE and Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler workstation.

A re-issue of Angelignite and BlackGuard Wolfpack has been in request for many years now, I hope the cleaned-up and remastered versions on Retrospective EP#2 deliver. As well as the new material already mentioned for early 2019 - the single “Starman” and associated EP, and the album “Fallen Machines Ascending, Into Hell” - the single "Nightmare in Silver, Power in Gold" is also scheduled and currently in production.

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released December 28, 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: Angelignite
Shine
Shine
Stand Tall Fool
Dishing out a little of the bliss malish
Bent over snapped lightning under blitz the system
Tearing out those sorry drops compassion fool
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 on it
Let the cold rain in on it
Poured razor shine words on it ’til it clean and smiled,
Like a bastard child

I need a stronger animal than the promise of Christ
Shine empty resolution, the white of your eyes
Give me the clean logic rush of an animal strike
Fired up on the blackest wings of negation
Trashed to high heaven but I’m in celebration for the cynic,
And his blood-stained hands
Running into empty rooms for the sake of negation
I’ve got a choice and I’m willing to lose for the sake of negation
Angel
Fuse

Let it rain on it
Let the cold rain in on it
Poured razor shine words on it ’til it clean and smiled,
Like a bastard child

O Get Real Fool
You’re dishing out a little of the bliss malish
Bent over snapped lightning under blitz the system
Tearing out those sorry drops compassion fool
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
Track Name: Dead Dreams Bloom
Dirty motor-driven swinging cold-eyed meat
Swinging swinging
Swinging

Ripened ugly, ripened sick
Ripened dirty motor-driven swinging cold-eyed meat
Dead dreams bloom, and fall from your mouth
Like dead-bird stones from the arms of the sky
Rattle like a storm tree
Rattle like a bug
Rattle like a live wire, live wire

May they crawl down your throat
Bust your lungs out of hope
Creeping down on your street
Snaking eyes on the wire
Turning steel on your law
From your mouth while you sleep
Dead dreams fevered of pitch
Dead dreams bloom, Dead dreams bloom while you sleep
Dead dreams bloom while you sleep

Ripened ugly, ripened sick
Ripened dirty motor-driven swinging cold-eyed meat

Live, live wire

I’ll rip out my guts for you
Cold faced and empty moon
I’ve showed them colours through
I’ve squeezed out all my yearning
I’ve made your mothers sick
I’ve squeezed out all my yearning
I’ve made your lovers sick
I’ve squeezed out all my yearning
I’ve squeezed out all my yearning
I’ve squeezed out all my yearning
Track Name: BlackGuard Wolfpack
Here it comes
Here it comes
God’s Wolfpack
God’s Wolfpack
God’s Wolfpack

BlackGuard Wolfpack
Stench of God on summer breeze
Heard his swarm of dirty mongrels breath
Heard a Swan-Song promise
Still-night cowering dread
Feeling out flimsy front-house doors and fate’s fodder
And warm dreams baring their necks and going cold

I heard mortality discussed in the trees
Jesus led them through the sun-dead leaves
To my door
Here it comes
Here it comes
Here it comes

I heard mortality discussed in the trees
Jesus led them through the sun-dead leaves
To my door
Here it comes
Here it comes

Here it comes
Here it comes
Here it comes
God’s Wolfpack
Here it comes
God’s Wolfpack
Track Name: BlackGuard Wolfpack (Franc Tetaz Dub)
Here it comes
God’s Wolfpack
Track Name: Cold Star
There’s a message from 'above'
But fear would have us void its hearing
Through the agency of stars
Death would walk amongst the living
On the streets the rebels preen and cower
While the Watcher’s Eye it turns
Still wrapped up in all our dreaming
The ‘Children of the Sun’ will burn
Burn, In the name of ‘love’

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