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9/10 Ant Staff review, 15 July 2011
I imagine Dominick Fernow is a busy man, what with his Prurient project, playing in Cold Cave, creating black metal with Ash Pool and running his Hospital Productions label and NYC record store. Over the past couple of years he's put out some records that show a way less abrasive side to his work and been embracing synthesizers. This record then is the apex of that direction kicking off with the lush synth orchestrations of 'Many Jewels Surrounding The Crown' and then the hyper tempo upbeat darkwave pop of 'A Meal can be Made'. reminding me a little of Skinny Puppy. The spoken word vocals of the title track recall his "All Are Guests In The House Of The Lord" collaboration with Kevin Drumm. The overall mood makes me think of another of Cevin Key's projects, Download. This track could have fallen right off the back of their 'The Eyes Of Stanley Pain' album. 'Watch Silently' has machine gun blasts of noise and squalling feedback while he delivers an outstanding impassioned vocal. 'Palm Tree Corps' has a lovely melodic synth melodies, chimes and the words "If I could I would take a tree branch and ram it inside you, but it's already been done". 'There Are Still Secrets' is a euro type dark synth/electro pop style track but with shouted "metal" style vocals which don't sit quite right with me. 'Lets Make A Slave' has gorgeous synths and moody electroscapes that recall Skanfrom but with half-whispered semi distorted vocal. A really powerful track and a highlight of the album. 'Myth Of Sex' is an instrumental which has rumbling noise that gradually crumbles away and makes way for a saddened synth line and very slightly acidic bassline. Closer 'Sugar Cane Chapel' ends with profound lyrics, dramatic industrial stabs, field recordings of flowing water, and finally epic synthetic angelic choral vocals and the words "Peace is coming". Apart from the odd moment which gets too close to dodgy side of Ministry/ Nine Inch Nails this is breathtaking stuff.
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