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FIST18 - Visions Of Death (1998)

by Syndicate

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Fuck Sydney 05:23
Mac Eleven 06:00
Compton 05:36


As the second half of 1998 arrived, it was again time for Syndicate to emerge from the front room of their parents' house in order to drop another 12" of fast kick drums and crusty breakbeats. This record was mostly the work of Gav, with his brother Warren contributing only two breakbeat/jungle tracks to this release (B1 and B3). This 12" would be the last time Gav contributed anything major to the Bloody Fist catalogue before burning out, as Warren pretty much took over the controlling interest and sound of the Syndicate project following this release. It would also be the last appearance of any Syndicate hardcore tracks on wax (up until a retrospective 12" release on UK label Born To Kill in 2002).
This was also the first time Bloody Fist released a 12" in a picture sleeve. The sleeve in question was a grim grayscale affair also designed by Gav, and quickly became a sticking point with a couple of record distributors, record shops and a few BF fans who decided to take the sleeve and its visual reference in completely the wrong way. To compound the trouble with the sleeve even further, the first 300 off the press were accidentally printed in reverse (mirror image). In the true spirit of embracing the fuck-ups, it was decided that this would be sold as the 'limited edition' version of the 12" - a maneuver that the label would fall back on time and time again in the lead up to its demise 6 years later.
Upon release the 12" shot through its first pressing quickly, and underwent three further repressings over the next 12 months, becoming one of the best selling 12"s in the BF catalogue.


released September 15, 1998

Recorded at various times during 1997 and 1998 by Warren and Gavin Burke in Newcastle, Australia utilizing their increasingly grubby Amigas. Released on 12" September 1998 with somewhat controversial sleeve art by Gavin (scans included in download).


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Underground record label headquartered in Newcastle, Australia between the years of 1994-2004.

Lo-fi electronic records with a DIY punk aesthetic.

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