Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fragment King: Angel Position


 

Angel Position is a full-length album by nexialist "persona" Fragment King. It was released on CD and in digital formats in 2014 on the Megahertz Label, home of German electronic experimenters Klangstabil. Songwriting began in 2007. An early demo of three songs was recorded in 2008. The recording process for the entire album lasted from 2008 to 2010. The album was mastered by Berlin-based Hardcore Drum n Bass producer Bazooka in 2012. It features 8 original songs by Fragment King plus one remix by Bazooka for the track "Nullifier" (Bazooka's Warhead Remix), which was originally released in 2012 for the Elektroanschlag compilation CD boxset. In 2013 Discussions began with Megahertz on the artwork and release format. During this process the image of the "black iron prison" was created as part of an elaborate set of digital drawings created for the album. Eventually, the artwork was stripped down to a bare minimum in order to produce a run of 100 pressed CDs with hand-crafted custom jewel cases with spraycan artwork. The catalog number is MHz-CD08.

The album itself features massive sound architecture, created by and confronted with something that dwells within: intense human emotion. Both ensnare and entrench each other. The human soul in its black iron prison, smashing the walls of noise surrounding it. Yearning, desiring, running, crushing. This machinery, the duality of what we can never touch and what never sets us free from its grasp – soul and matter – is the album's principal theme. This also inspired the original artwork for the album.

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