FIST32 - The Final Showdown (2003)

by Aftermath

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During the second half of 2003 while FIST31 was busy spiralling out of control with production fuckups and miscommunications - delaying it's eventual release into 2004 - the release schedule pressed on with the next 12” pegged in the catalogue. There were some cracking unreleased tracks that had been written by Aftermath (Ryan and Fritz) during their short-lived '98 collaborative production sessions, which hadn't made the cut for the FIST21 release (for whatever reason). There was also an increasing amount of material they had both produced solo during the intervening 5 years which, while not slated for release, would get a regular airing at Hunter On Hunter shows. It was this solo material that would primarily end up forming the tracklisting for FIST32. Since their Aftermath production sessions in '98, both Fritz and Ryan's solo work had gradually drifted away from the hardcore and speedcore sound of their first Aftermath record, almost exclusively into breakbeats (some downtempo).

Three of the tracks appearing on FIST32 had been premiered in the Aftermath live set at the NCL Scum gig back in October 2000, which had been recorded and released on cassette (FISTC-17). The entire first half of that particular recording had been getting consistently good feedback from various people in the three years since its release, with regular enquiries about plans for a proper 12” release of the highlights. The three best tracks were selected, two of which were written and produced by Fritz ('The Final Showdown' and 'Doomsday'). The third one 'Disservice' was a perfect example of the sound Ryan had been concentrating on post-Embolism – and combined Mozart's Requiem excerpts with chopped Amens. The fourth track 'Sadistic Mind' was actually an unreleased experiment from Embolism's 1996 Amiga 600 days, and fit the theme of the 12” perfectly with its chopped 2nd generation breakbeat and lo-fi slab samples of a crackly Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack.

FIST32 finally saw release in December 2003 - easily finding a niche audience and selling rapidly through its first pressing. There was a single repress some months later.

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released December 15, 2003

All tracks written and produced by Ryan Leeman and Fritz Cardozo. Features some tracks previously heard on the Aftermath Live @ NCL Scum recording which was released on cassette in 2000 (FISTC-17).

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