Final Victory: Christ Became A Man & Had Truly Assumed Human Nature (4:54)
Review: Hot on the heels of "Church Of All Hallows Eve", Dominick Fernow returns to his Vatican Shadow alias for another stern rumination on geo-politics and Western interference to a soundtrack of dark ambient and industrial intensity. Fans of the project will find much to latch onto on "Kneel Before Religious Icons", as the continuous wrestle between harmonious melodies and noise takes place over hissing percussion concerned with texture and tension far more than dancefloor impact. This is message-heavy music that bows to no one, just how we like Fernow's flagship project.
Unknown To The Peacock The Serpent & Scorpion Conspire (4:47)
Soviet Union's Vietnam War (3:25)
Review: Back in 2012, Dominic Fernow offered up a highly limited edition cassette containing rehearsal recordings of a themed show in Los Angeles entitled "Kuwaiti Airforce". He's now decided to make these available on vinyl, alongside a slew of other rare tracks recorded in the same period. Like Fernow's later Vatican Shadow work, it's highly political and offers a lo-fi and noise-soaked trip through dark ambient and hypnotic, atmospheric mutations of techno. Arguably the most arresting tracks are the collaborative ones: the hushed, sample-heavy creepiness of Demdike Stare hook-up "Cohors Helvetica", and the deep, minimalist techno hypnotism of "SNA" by Los Angeles Death Cult, a one-off studio face off with Juan Mendez AKA Silent Servant.
Review: Hospital Productions is a non-stop operation and following this year's long-players from Alessandro Cortini, Ninos Du Brasil and Ron Morelli, Vatican Shadow's latest swoop is this ambient album produced with Function. The seven-track LP was recorded between Berlin and New York, and it's described as best suited for after-hours home listening, but whether you really want to listen to this after a big night is up to you. Indeed "A Year Has Passed" and "A Year Has Gone By" are downbeat and melancholic, whereas other tracks lean more towards industrial ambient, similar to fellow Hospital artist Lussuria's work. "The Nemesis Flower" is a darker highlight while "Red Opium" and "Bejewelled Body" is where the house and techno beats lie.