With Remember Your Black Day, his first full-length as Vatican Shadow, Fernow has begun to explore the true depths of the project. Yes, he appears live in military fatigues, but rather than valorising war, Remember Your Black Day seems intent on illuminating its repugnance. On the ironically titled "Enter Paradise," a single guitar riff beds down against an explosive kick, the construction changing little across the album's most demonstrative six minutes. Remembe. its proudly apart from Fernow's previous Vatican Shadow work, thanks in part to the newfound clarity of its palette, helped by Silent Servant's production assistance.
On Remember Your Black Day, however, the meticulously upheld image of Vatican Shadow starts to feel more rigorous than the music itself. The pattern continues on Vatican Shadow’s proper debut LP, Remember Your Black Day. (After releasing a mountain of music, dubbing this a debut is in itself a wink and nudge. The title is taken from a controversial chalk illustration drawn in front of the United States embassy in Cairo last year, on September 11, with those words written in Arabic around a Star of David.
Vatican Shadow is the name he goes under when making minimal techno, and the deep, relentless beats and murky bass throb of Remember Your Black Day are every bit as menacing and pained as his more formless noise material. While almost entirely instrumental, save some incoherent vocal samples, the eight repetitive and darkly hypnotic tracks here seem to be focused (in their titles at least) on themes of terrorism and war in the Middle East.
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None of the eight tracks included have been released before on any other format . Enter Paradise 06. Remember Your Black Day 07. Not the Son of Desert Storm, but the Child of Chechnya 08. Jet Fumes Above the Reflecting Pool.
Vatican Shadow, a project of Hospital Records founder Dominick Fernow (who also records and releases under the aliases Prurient, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and so on) has offered up a more complex response to 9/11 and the subsequent so-called War On Terror. Refusing to do interviews, Fernow has attracted controversy for using militaristic and terrorist imagery for cover art and naming tracks and albums after newspaper headlines, as well as sporting US military fatigues during aggressive live sets.
Remember Your Black Day is set for release on October 21st through Fernow's own Hospital Productions label. It was produced with assistance of Juan Mendez (aka Sandwell District's Silent Servant). The album consists of eight tracks that have never been released before, and precedes an additional record of extended mixes and additional material that should be out later in the year. Check out the tracklisting and artwork below. 1. Circumstances Quickly Became Questioned.
feels cohesive in a way that has eluded Fernow through the rest of his work as Vatican Shadow, and signals a new frontier for the producer that's as promising as it is grim.
|1||Circumstances Quickly Became Questioned|
|2||Tonight Saddam Walks Amidst Ruins|
|3||Muscle Hijacker Tribal Affiliation|
|4||Contractor Corpses Hung Over The Euphrates River|
|6||Remember Your Black Day|
|7||Not The Son Of Desert Storm, But The Child Of Chechnya|
|8||Jet Fumes Above The Reflecting Pool|
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