Here he is again, scowling and angry sound manipulator Vatican Shadow (aka Dominick Fernow) with another batch of intense drills to scare you out and into the comfort of your own bed. The album steps up the energy to leave you with a head spinning selection of gruesome cuts to help contemplate life in 2016.
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- Media In The Service Of Terror by Vatican Shadow
8/10 Ant Staff review, 08 September 2016
Originally issued as a cassette in an edition of 175 copies, this vinyl issue will be welcomed by folks who either missed out and don’t wanna feed the Discogs flippers, or don’t happen to own a cassette player. Plus having this on wax means DJ’s that still play vinyl can drop it in a club as there’s a few cuts here which are dancefloor compatible as well as tunes for after hours sessions.
Just clock the title of the record and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Dominick Fernow is continuing the theme/ concept that runs through all his work as Vatican Shadow. I think it must have been around two years or so since we last heard from as Vatican Shadow. Sadly, the political climate/ future of our planet and the human race is as unstable as it was - perhaps this concept is even more relevant than when it was first initiated.
After the stirring, trademark opening synths and electronic blasts we head into melancholy techno terrain with ‘More Of The Same’ and spacey techno futurism of ‘Take Vows’.
‘Wherever There Is Money There Is Unforgiveness’ balances tough percussion with icy drones and intricate looped melody. Reminds me a little of those Blue Hour records.
Over on the second side of the record ‘Interrogation mistake’ is shadowy ambient, meanwhile ‘The Inevitable Bitterness Of Life’ has a very similar palette to ‘Take Vows’ and recalls Adam X’s Traversable Wormhole sound. Closer ‘More Of The Same Tunisia’ is an alternate mix of ‘More Of The Same’ - perhaps a tad less stomping and with more emphasis on the atmosphere, rather than the momentum of the percussion.
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