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Mercenary

by Fausten

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    High quality transparent coke bottle green vinyl..

    5 tracks..

    A1 Phosphorus
    A2 Cathedral
    A3 Jour de Gloire
    B1 Mercenary
    B2 Mercenary EP (Fret Rework)

    Artwork by Futurorg

    An extremely limited run of 100 copies in total and all exclusive to the Acroplane Bandcamp store.

    Includes digital pre-order of Mercenary. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around July 22, 2022
    edition of 100 

      £12 GBP or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Mercenary. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases July 22, 2022

      £4 GBP  or more

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 43 Acroplane Recordings releases available on Bandcamp and save 50%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Mercenary, The Upward Spiral, Sapphire Send, Decayed, Asunder, Decay, Reclaimed Structures, Schematics, and 35 more. , and , .

    Purchasable with gift card

      £87.32 GBP or more (50% OFF)

     

1.
Phosphorus 05:03
2.
Cathedral
3.
Jour de Gloire
4.
Mercenary
5.
Mercenary EP (Fret Rework)

about

Fausten is a collaboration between Julian Caraz aka Monster-X (Opal Tapes, Murder Channel) and Derek Szeto aka Stormfield (Combat Recordings), and is an exploration into the darker, gorier realms of their collective psyche. Prolific with their solo projects, Fausten is a rare collaborative treat and “Mercenary” is their first joint-release in years; their first appearance on Acroplane where their sound is very much at home. Joining the fray on remix duties is the formidable Fret aka Mick Harris (Scorn//ex-Napalm Death).

A 5 track EP presented on transparent coke bottle green vinyl and featuring artwork from Futurorg. At just 100 copies of the wax, this is a super limited run. The records will be available exclusively from the Acroplane Bandcamp. Digital will be available from all of the usual top stores.

The EP opens with a disturbed, pulsating slow march in the guise of “Phosphorus”, where pensive, cut-up hip hop vocals punctuate the prowling rhythm and menacing bass. This is followed by “Cathedral”, a dark ambient interlude that lingers for a couple of minutes, delivering us to the powerful “Jour de Gloire”. Industrial scenes manifest here, culminating around a malevolent bass snarl that is somewhat of a signature for Fausten.

The title track “Mercenary” lurks on the B-side, armed with what seems like a Jan Svankmeier scene in the far future - granular wails of tortured AI beings, gritty textures, and rocked by deep, plunging sub bass, likely to please fans of Scorn and Autechre.

To beef up an already-powerful package, Fausten called upon their longtime hero and musical inspiration Mick Harris for remix duties. Instead of reworking one track, the grindcore maestro asked for the project stems and turned his hand to a surgical reconstruction of the whole EP, condensed into one remix. This is relentless broken techno as you would expect from the Mongoose, alive with clattering percussion and rock-solid elephant-track style kickdrums, building a strong, lively narrative purely from rhythmic architecture, in which breathe his seething, venomous atmospheres.

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releases July 22, 2022

Artwork by Futurorg
Mastered by Ashmus Mastering and Binary Feedback

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