Dominik Fernow releases new Vatican Shadow album, vinyl editions of Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement “Folklore Venom / The Plant With Many Faces” 2013 | Hospital Productions
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement is Dominik Fernow’s latest nom-de-plume dealing in ripe intersection of dark ambient and drone. As always with Fernow’s output there is a very strong if sometimes distractingly silly thematic undercurrent to track’s titles. The wordy cut-ups of exotic lands’ horror and dread stories aim for oppressive and chilly, but end up more easily evoking late 70s cannibal movies plots. Anyhow, we are all quite used to Fernow’s and his label Hospital Productions escapades by now and everything can be forgotten/forgiven when music is as good as it usually is. Both Rainforest releases pressed on wax this month have been previously released on tape and rightly chosen among many candidates as the most varied representation of project’s sound. “Folklore Venom” being more noisy and rhythmic, while “Plant With Many Faces”, apart from insistent arpeggios of “Abaxial Masks…”, is a patient exercise in texture and meticulous sound-design.
It’s ultimately less shocking and provoking then Fernow’s terror ambient techno under Vatican Shadow name, but Rainforest’s music, while being no-less dark and frost-bitten, seem to be more protected from inescapable forthcoming backlash against current taste for dark tales embellished by the stiff-rhythms and bleeding synths of 80s industrial and dark ambient palettes.
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement "Abaxial Masks With Sockets Closed To Hide The Face When The Destroyer Comes Alive" (from "The Plant With Many Faces" (Vinyl Edition) on Hospital Productions)
Vatican Shadow "Remember Your Black Day" 2013 | Hospital Productions
Next week we’ll be able to compare the two projects back-to-back, by hearing what Vatican Shadow newest effort will end-up sounding like on the much anticipated “Remember Your Black Day”. The last we have heard of the project it was fascinating, but half-formed recording of looser that usual live improvisations on “Ornamented Walls” misleadingly issued by usually dance-inclined Modern Love. Plus more predictable fare of “It Stands To Conceal” compilation around Christmas 2012.
Preview of "Remember Your Black Day" cut “Enter Paradise” sounds like slowed-down rhythmic stomp of Omar Souleyman with Sunn O)))-tuned death metal guitar knocking out early 90’s trance progression. “Contractor Corpses Hung Over The Euphrates River” on the other hand sounds like “Incunabula”-era Autechre. Both are equally compelling and can be streamed below. Judging by the written accounts and all-too-brief Youtube videos of Vatican Shadow live-set at Sonar 2013, featuring a lot of new album's material, we are in for a considerably more upbeat and, dare I say, danceable, if no less aggressive music this time around.
Vatican Shadow "Enter Paradise" (from forthcoming "Remember Your Black Day" album on Hospital Productions)
Vatican Shadow "Contractor Corpses Hung Over The Euphrates River" (from forthcoming "Remember Your Black Day" album on Hospital Productions)