Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fragment King: Grey Album (2005)

Fragment King recorded "Grey Album" in 2005 with digital beats and sounds and treated bass guitar and vocals. The album was released by Invasion Wreck Chords and is now completely sold out. This album features the full-power Fragment King after emerging from all-electronic beginnings. The combination of guitar sounds with electronic beats had always been the basic concept of the project, inspired by Big Black, Godflesh, but also metal bands like Carcass and Celtic Frost on the one hand, but also the cineastic feel of electronic projects such as Source Direct, Dom + Roland, Autechre. Lyrics are personal and heavily processed with effects, creating a sound triptych of beats, chords, and voice. The album artwork consists of photography by M. Kammerbauer. "Grey Album" was critically very well received. Orkus reviewer Thomas Sonder gave the album 9.5 of 10 points, stating FK "could be described as a mix of power electronics and drone doom with aggressive backgrounds, produced by Kammerbauer in an enormously dense and fat manner. Godflesh on even more drugs? More than that – Grey Album makes you sweat, evokes anger, releases force, in the controlled songs with slower pace as well as in the angry, fast noise machines, in which the Fragment King has incorporated almost insane energy eruptions in a pretty defragmented way."

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