One of the earliest new songs was the killer "Vortex". The band sent a demo of "Vortex" to Misanthropy who refused the release, or as the band put it:
...our music wasn't conformist enough for their label.
- Svein Egil Hatlevik / Fleurety interview, Qvadrivivm #3, 2000
They continued to record, at a slightly slower pace, without a definite label. "Vortex" was recorded in Panser Studio this month in 1996. Two more songs, "Facets" and "I Saw Claws", were recorded between August and September the following year.
Eventually these were compiled onto a four-song (including the outro) MCD, released by Supernal in 1999. By then the band had already recorded Department of Apocalyptic Affairs (August 1998) and Supernal would release that album in 2000.
Guest vocals on "Vortex" are by Ayna Beate Johansen who returned for the Evoco Bestias EP in 2011.