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A companion piece to the recently released ‘Remember Your Black Day’ LP, reviewed in typically verbose style by Brian here.
Vatican Shadow is Dominick Fernow from Prurient/Cold Cave, releaser of many much-praised cassettes before he dropped the big one earlier this year. This is a 35 minute opus beginning with a thumping drum sample (possibly located from Logic loops), to which things are added slowly and sparingly. A synth warble there, a hi hat there. Drivingly rhythmic, the track harks back to the kind of dark wave produced years back by the likes of Ministry yet has a minimal, edgy, dark techno thump.
‘Al Qaeda’ is more varied. The thumping percussion is still strong but is joined by eerie synths and a plucked loop. The atmosphere is equally dark, a paranoid shapeshifting work where you are never quite sure what lurks around the next corner. The tracks all contain the same elements, pounding percussion to the fore, distant haunting synths and....er not much else other than a faintly terrifying sense of atmosphere. No formula is fucked with, each track is only a slight variation on the last, but the intense repetition is strikingly bloody minded and leaves an impression on the listener which echoes long after the record has been ripped from the stereo.
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