Wertstahl - ://firewall - [RED Edition 2011] (Remastered + Extended)
Release Notes and background information.
://firewall was the first album by Wertstahl in it´s original lineup: W.A.Mossad, =Judas=, Minute.Man, kNort. It was released in 2002 via CD-Baby with 50 Physical copies (CD-R) and parallel to that it was widely digitally available on most of the MP3-Distributors at that time. Unfortunately, the internet was so young that only a few people understood what online-MP3-distribution meant.
The album was totally focused on new (internet) technology and political power shifts. But for many people, the internet was not a hot topic, yet.
The recording of the album took place right after battlecommand´s transition period from classic audio hardware (Synthesizers, Samplers ect.) to virtual studio technology and was already entirely digitally recorded. But, because the technology was still new and exciting, some not-so-wise decisions were made during the production process, resulting in a few ... tragic mistakes.
The official release was actually copied from an unmastered CD-R. Also, during the rendering process of the tracks, some bugs surfaced, which changed the sound, so that the actual real-time version would sound quite different from the rendered file that would go to CD. To be honest, the final rendered files, that went to CD, were improperly validated.
Due to "reasons", the final version of the shipped record was changed last-minute, so that track 15, "Sirens Of Titan", would actually be some quick demo track called "Nutte" (Whore). That is why, in its mid, the track actually starts from the beginning again.
Directly after the release (actually after the shipping) of the record, the band in it´s original lineup dissolved ("record finished, i do something completely else now, nkay?") so there weren´t any live shows.
Due to overestimation of the popularity of the internet, which then became the main base of operation for the remaining active Wertstahl member, the for the time pretty extravagant Wertstahl-Website, featuring Videos, Images, Lyrics and Soundbites, remained barely noticed.
W.A.Mossad then focused on other things, too, forgetting about the initial problems surrounding the record. And when he remembered, it would always be in conjunction with new Wertstahl recordings that left no time to care for the old stuff. Originally a rework album named "://wirefall" was planned, but only two tracks ("Her Name" and "Pakistan") were actually reworked.
So - finally the time came, and the old data surprisingly was still loadable. The finalization of this Edition took only about three weeks.
Here is a list of changes and bugfixes:
- annoying crackling voice sample in "Speedline Slut" restaurated manually.
- hyper annoying re-ocurrence of forementioned sample
and multiple erranous repeats at end of track _removed_
- there is a "new" musical bit in the song now
its actually not new, but it was simply unused (muted) before
- super annoying offbeat vocal in "Negative Water" fixed
- some drums added
- there exist actually 5 different mixes of unbreakable,
all of them ruined by rushed vocals and intoxicated mixing.
the version thats in this edition is the best.
and this version makes most sense because of the additional sample.
- pakistan was completely reworked in 2006.
actually =Judas= originally disagreed with the reuse of the vocals
but they just had been badly mixed before
- name again. this version is the one originally meant for the ://wirefall remake.
- rooftop morningsmog was reworked for liveshows with tyske ludder.
this is the version we played live in 2009.
vocals were re-recorded in 2011
- same is for destroyer. this version is perfect. you can believe it.
- conflict is now an instrumental. the vocals, which were just a
tryout and a quick alternative take at the recording session
always annoyed the shit out of me.
the lyrics were not and never meant to be on that track.
- yes, the mega-sample in sirens of titan still blips and blops
because it is still the same version. this is because this sample
has a very special history. Minute.Man sampled it from tape and then transferred it
via a 56k modem to the studio. originally it was just a test for a custom network protocol.
but then, the sample itself was so outstanding, having all these
artifacts and errors that it was used for the track.
- believe it or not: Two Strongh is actually the first Wertstahl
song ever written. As you can hear, it is a tape recording.
this is because it must have been written before 2001, actually
at kNorts Studio, with classic samplers and synthesizers.
sadly enough, the arrangement and the original parts are lost.
so this is all thats left of it.
- from the same year (it could be 1999) originates the track
"Schneider", which is a version of a nursery rhyme that was
sung in this particular version to the infant W.A.Mossad back
in the 80s. it is some wicked rhyme thats possibly related
to "The Valiant Little Tailor". this track was just a fun
session by kNort and W.A.Mossad during their re-recording sessions
for "Das Neue Universum".
Don´t forget: there are two more Wertstahl albums out there (actually four more if you count ://firewall original edition and The Bow Shock) and you can always support us by buying them! And we thank you for that! ( www.wertstahl.com