Ahead of a brand new Vatican Shadow album pencilled in for 2020 we get a re-press of this legendary production which first appeared as a tape in 2011 and a vinyl release on type in 2012. It was the first material Dominick Fernow cut in this mode following his success as Prurient. it blends industrial, dark techno and ambience with some heavy nods back towards the legendary Muslimgauze.

Limited Vinyl LP £16.99 HOS644LP

Reissue LP on Hospital Productions. Black vinyl edition of 300 copies. Mastered & Cut at D&M Berlin.

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Kneel Before Religious Icons by Vatican Shadow
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8/10 Ant 28 March 2012

Hat's off to Type for issuing this on vinyl. It originally appeared as a limited box of four cassettes in an edition of just 33 copies and was then made available digitally, but it really does deserve a vinyl issue. Vatican Shadow is an alias of Dominick Fernow, best known to noise consumers as Prurient. This project is very different from his work as Prurient although there are traces of his style still present. The tracks are pretty lo-fi with plenty of tape hiss but have been remastered for the vinyl edition. What you get are eight brilliantly submersive and subversive industrial techno tracks with heavy dislocated electronic rhythms and starling, mysterious melodies. The mood throughout is dark but never oppressive, the track titles and artwork are based around Eastern military propaganda, taking a leaf out of the book of Muslimgauze but sonically are quite different. There are shades of early industrial blended with a more contemporary dreamy techno palette. Although there are some obvious references the overall project manages to maintain a freshness which is rare in electronic music these days. Think Skinny Puppy meets early Aphex via Sandwell District and you're somewhere on the right track. Hopefully, some more of the tracks will find their way onto vinyl in future.


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