Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
ULTRAnumb

A number of you responded rather positively to my brief dispatch last year about Celldweller, perhaps the very best one-man electronic-rock outift you've never heard of. Well, here's a brief one about his label-mate Blue Stahli (masterminded by his buddy Bret). Blue Stahli's self-titled debut (or from Amazon here) is an immense piece of work.

Its kick-off track, however, called "Ultranumb", is to my mind one of best, most powerful, and most thrilling rock songs ever recorded. It is also – and I say this after a decade-long career of collecting thousands of tracks to power my workouts and runs – THE SINGLE BEST WORKOUT SONG OF ALL TIME. As I noted in my site for such things:

Blue Stahli has serious black magic – putting together song after song that is jaw-droppingly good, hard, smart, and original. This track is nearly perfect – and has nearly everything: giant guitars, an enormous rolling chorus, unget-out-of-head-able hooks, a sultry female voice layered in, mystical lyrics. And power to burn. Don't be surprised if you find yourself playing this song over and over again – because nothing else in your workout playlist quite stacks up. This one goes to 11.

The occasion for this notice is that he's now done a video for the song. Be warned that it's a bit R-rated – with some images that are a bit disturbing in counterpoint to one another, or really just on their own. It's also amazing. And the opening chords of this song still make my heart race, after a thousand listens. Go get some today.

Blue Stahli - ULTRAnumb

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
DON'T SHOOT ME IN THE ASS, AND OTHER STORIES by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
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