Review: Vatican Shadow – Iraqi Praetorian Guard

Label: Blackest Ever Black
Catalog#: BLACKEST008

Tracklist:

A1: Cairo Sword Unsheathed

B1: Gunmen With Silencer

B2: Church Of All Images (Regis Remix)

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Hinting a slight lesser dystopian atmosphere as previous ‘Blackest Ever Black’ releases, Vatican Shadow manages to express a even more melancholic 12″, where the darkness still leaves room for hope and light.

A interesting side which translates into sparse use of these elements and music that ‘Blackest Ever Black’ stands for, makes the sound more clear and precise, making it into one record that is easily returned to.

Opening up with ‘Cairo Sword Unsheathed’, where the Black Hawk helicopter-like sound twirls around some sort of chanting, embraces the atmosphere. Ambient sound textures and haunting samples gives in to the dub-like pace of the track, keeping the low key groove in a very steady structure, where Fernow’s expertise in handling sounds really comes out of the shadow.

On the other side of the record, ‘Gunmen With Silencer’ continues to build upon the political theme, but the pace is more in the forefront of things. This track feels like a combining bridge between the A side and B2, where Regis is able to create the sound of military intelligence mixed with his trademark drum work.

This is a solid and unique record, where talent and experience is taken in hand in hand, and leaves a bitter taste in your mouth.

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