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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Vatican Shadow - Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era

It's always interesting when a label you love for doing one particular genre of music decides to change tack and do another. Such is how I feel about Vatican Shadow the electronic side project of Dominick Fernow of Prurient and Hospital Productions. Their new record, Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era is coming out on legendary death metal label, 20 Buck Spin. That all being said - their industrial and ambient sorrow very much fits in line with what the label has done in the past. This is a weird record to be sure, but one that any fan of outsider sound is going to fall in love with time and time again. 

Adding to the unique-ness of the record, it seeks to tell the story of how the USA overthrew a stable democracy in Iran in the name of oil. This would of course go on to fuel the Gulf Wars and the modern day conflict in the region. While I always raise an eyebrow at instrumental concept records, Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era manages to communicate the vibes of the whole thing very clearly. Track titles like, 'Uncontrollable Oasis (Real Life Spy Mystery Ends With Scientist Hanged In Iran)' also of course help to communicate some of what was going on in the 70s in that region. A soundscape-y industrial record thus becomes sort of the perfect vehicle for all this. 

So yes - this may be an unconventional record but it is a great one, one that will capture the imagination and carry you off to visit a truly twisted time in our nations history. The minimalist approaches and unique sounds documented here are powerful. Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era continually impresses with its distinct approach and mindset. Sinking ones teeth into it is a pleasure, and it seems that Vatican Shadow is only now, a decade into their career, reaching a new peak. So unexpected yes, but also - truly great, and worth listening too time and time again. 

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