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- Death Is Unity With God by Vatican Shadow
8/10 Ant Staff review, 02 March 2015
Those of you that have been crying yourselves to sleep, because you missed out on the ‘Death Is Unity With God’ 6x cassette set on Hospital productions -- because somebody bought it to sell on Discogs at twice the price -- can now rejoice and throw the mp3s in the bin.... Or perhaps not.
Modern Love have reduced the load by trimming the original tracklist down from 20 to 12. Were the other 8 not worthy of this being a triple LP? Will they be coming out separately as another slab of wax? Who knows but for now I'm quite content with the abridged version. Yes it’s heavily influenced by Muslimgauze and I’m sure Dominick Fernow would be the first to admit, but Bryn Jones is no longer with us so I guess someone’s got to keep the fire burning and make art in that mould, interpreting how they see modern warfare/ conflict/ religious extremism. He’s not particularly breaking any new ground for Vatican Shadow here but I do sometimes enjoy subtle variations on a theme and have been known to enjoy indulging myself in bleakness. Originality isn't a prerequisite for me to enjoy music and so I’ve been coming back to Vatican Shadow records.
Worth noting here is ‘Mc Veigh Figure’, a lush lo-fi Boards of Canada-esque dreamer. That sort of dreamy blurry haze permeates the whole record with decayed sounding rhythms, the usual harrowing synth motifs, darker ambient soundscapes melting with rotting techno. Along with the sense of impending doom there are, as always more uplifting moments such as the gorgeous closer ‘Waco Post-Mortem (Murrah)’.
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