Dominick Fernow

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Dominick Fernow
Prurient performing live in 2007
Background information
Birth nameDominick Fernow
Also known as
  • Prurient
  • Vatican Shadow
  • Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
Origin Wisconsin, US
  • Musician
  • poet
  • multimedia artist
Instruments Amplifier, microphone, drums, vocals, synthesizer
Years active1998–present
Associated acts Cold Cave

Dominick Fernow [1] is an American experimental musician, poet and multimedia artist. He is best known for extreme music released under the stage name Prurient, as well as numerous other aliases including Vatican Shadow and Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. [2] His first releases date back to 1998, the same year in which he founded the record label Hospital Productions.



Fernow was born in Ohio into a Roman Catholic household. [3] [4] Fernow recounts his entrance into public school and his exposure to death metal and tape trading as early sources of musical interest. [4] In particular, Fernow cites the death metal band Deicide's album Once Upon the Cross as, "frightening ... A huge record for me, still to this day." [4]

Fernow has resided in both New York City and Los Angeles, [3] and runs the labels Hospital Productions and Bed Of Nails. [5]


In his early work as Prurient, Fernow worked primarily with a microphone and amplifier, and sometimes drums. He eventually began utilizing more electronics, and currently works primarily with laptop and synthesizers. In the past, he collaborated with artists like John Wiese, Jeff Plummer (of Immaculate:Grotesque and Shallow Waters), Kris Lapke (of Alberich and MCMS), Wolf Eyes, Macronympha, and Philip Best (of Whitehouse and Consumer Electronics). [6]

Fernow has also performed in various bands, such as Football Rabbit, Vegas Martyrs, Taylor Bow, Ash Pool (in which he also sings), and formerly as part of Cold Cave. [7] Prurient has released material on numerous independent record labels, such as Hanson Records, RRRecords, Load Records, Troubleman Unlimited, Chrondritic Sound, Kitty Play Records, American Tapes, and his own label Hospital Productions. Fernow has also recorded music under a variety of aliases, including Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, Exploring Jezebel, River Magic, Winter Soldier, Window Cleaning By Ian, December Magic, and Tortured Hooker.

Prurient has been covered in outlets such as The New Yorker, Pitchfork Media [8] and The Village Voice. [9]

Partial discography

As Prurient

1998A Simple Mark Hospital Productions Cassette
Blades Steam Red Sweat, Inside The Things I DreadCD-R
Persistence Beeshu Records Cassettesplit with Potassium Cyanide Dogbane Sentiment
1999A Call For Help Hospital Productions
Prurient / Jon Borgessplit with Jon Borges
2000Collaboration Let It Rot CDwith Richard Ramirez & Flatline Construct
Mundane Ninth Circle Music CD-Rsplit with Sickness
Noise Split Tape Vol. 1 Brainchaos Cassettesplit with Echo System
Ornamentation Zaftig Research CD-Rcollaboration with Goose
Point And Void Hospital Productions 2xCassette
2001Arbitrary Witness Deadline Recordings 2xCassette
Body Language Peel Back the Sky LP
Collaboration Hospital Productions CDwith Diagram A and Furisubi
Guide to Grooming Monorail Trespassing Cassette
Hunt in Couples Hospital Productions, Anti-Everything 7"split with ASD
Magnified Healing Hospital Productions, T.E.F. CDsplit with T.E.F. & Richard Ramirez
Mater Dolorosa Hospital Productions CD
Mummification and PrayerCassette
White Plains Leather: Black River FallsCassette
Valve Testing Electronic Musik Compilation: 1 track:Pastune as Well
2002Live Prayer Electronic Musik 3", CD-R
Something Terrible Has Happened and I Need Your Help Monorail Trespassing Cassette
The History of Aids Hospital Productions/Armageddon CD
2003Recycled Music RRRecords Cassette
Troubled Sleep Truculent Recordings CD
We Set off in High Spirits Gods of Tundra Cassette
200460 Minutes of Silence American Tapes Cassette
Fossil Truculent Recordings CD
Red Head RRRecords Cassettewith Pedestrial Deposit
Shipwreckers Diary Ground Fault CD
Starvation Hospital Productions Cassette
Sexual Magic2xCassette
The Hidden Family/+White+ Load Records 12"/CDwith Kites
White Magic Hospital Productions Cassette
2005African Division Hospital Productions Cassette
Akitsa / PrurientCassettesplit with Akitsa
Black Vase Load Records CD/LP
Church of Ammunition Troubleman Unlimited Records 7"
Devil In Broad Daylight Chondritic Sound 2xCassette
Disappearance Of The Maya Hospital Productions 4xCassettesplit with Aaron Dilloway
In The Slaughterhouse7"
Love and RomanceLPsplit with Nicole 12
Macronympha + Prurient / Okha Dada Drumming 12"split with Macronympha and Okha
The Baron's Chamber Nihilist Records CD
The Warriors Hospital Productions/Gods of Tundra CD/LPsplit with Wolf Eyes
Vegas Martyrs - Choking Doberman Kitty Play Records 7"
2006Cloven Spike Hospital Productions 7"with John Wiese
Grunt / Prurient Freak Animal Records Cassettesplit with Grunt
Heavy Rain Returns iDEAL Recordings CDwith Carlos Giffoni
Memory Repeating AA Records 7"
Pleasure Ground Load Records CD
Point and Void Ninth Circle Music CD
Snail on a Razor Hospital Productions CD
2007All Are Guests in the House of the Lord Hospital Productions Cassette/CDwith Kevin Drumm
Caribbean OverdoseCassetteedition of 200
Cave Depression No Fun Productions 3x7"
Cocaine Death Hospital Productions Cassetteedition of 46
Colonialist Nature And Misanthropy2xCassette
Golden SwastikaCassette
Prurient Hanson Records LP
Split Important Records with Mindflayer
Taylor Bow - Hate Fuck Hospital Productions 7"
Terminal Cases aRCHIVE recordings 2x3" CDsplit with Death Unit
The Golden Chamber Hospital Productions Cassette
2008And Still, Wanting No Fun Productions CD + Shield 5"
Arrowhead Mego CD
End Of Autumn Troubleman Unlimited 2xLPsplit with Sutcliffe Jügend
Ghosts Of Niagara Hospital Productions 10xCasssplit with Burning Star Core
Tylenol MurdersCassetteedition of 20
Cocaine DeathCD
Time Began in a Garden2xCassette, C10 + Boxedition of 100
The Black Post Society Cold Spring Records CD
2009Blood of the Lamb BloodLust! LPsplit with Wilt ( edition of 100)
Palm Tree Corpse Hospital Productions 3xCassette/LP
Roman Harbinger Sound LP
Rose Pillar Heartworm Press 11"with book (edition of 500)
Stars Explode Hospital Productions Cassette/LPwith Cold Cave
The Complete Kingdom Recordings The Institute For Organic Conversations 4xCassettesplit with Wilt
2010Jesus Hospital Productions 2xCassettesplit with Nico Vascellari
2011Annihilationist Hospital Productions Cassette
Many Jewels Surround the Crown Hydra Head 7"
Bermuda Drain CD/LP/Cassette
Time's Arrow EP
Stun Gun Quasi Pop Records 7"
Despiritualized Hospital Productions Cassette
2012Of The Memories Of Friends Hospital Productions 2xCassette
Tiger Smells A Corpse3xCassette
Wrapped in the Flame of Illusion, Masked in the Clay of Behavior Dais Records 2x7"
Worship is the Cleansing of the Imagination Hydra Head 12"split with JK Flesh
2013 Through the Window Blackest Ever Black Cassette, Vinyl, CD
2014Washed Against The Rocks Handmade Birds 7"
2015 Frozen Niagara Falls Profound Lore 2CD/3xLP
Cocaine Daughter Hospital Productions Cassette
2016Unknown Rains Hospital Productions 2xLP
2017 Rainbow Mirror Profound Lore 4CD/7xLP
2019Garden of the Mutilated Paratroopers Profound Lore 2CD/Cassette
2020Casablanca Flamethrower Tesco Organization 2xLP/Album

As Vatican Shadow

Studio albums

2011Kneel Before Religious Icons Hospital Productions, Type RecordsCassette, Vinyl LP
Pakistan Military Academy Hospital Productions Cassette
2012Atta's Apartment Slated for DemolitionCassette, Digital
Ghosts of ChechnyaCassette, Digital
Ornamented WallsModern Love RecordsVinyl LP
2013Remember Your Black Day Hospital Productions CD, Vinyl LP
2014Games Have RulesCD, Vinyl LPwith Function
2016Media in the Service of TerrorDigital, Cassette

EPs and singles

2010Byzantine Private CIA Hospital Productions Cassette4-tracks EP
2011Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 1Cassette2-tracks single
Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 2Cassette2-tracks single
Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 3Cassette2-tracks single
The Serpent Carries Him Back Into ParadiseCassette4-track split EP with Contrepoison (2 tracks each)
Mural of SaddamCassette3-tracks EP
Yemeni CommandosCassette2-tracks EP
2012Kuwaiti AirforceCassette2-tracks EP
Operation Neptune SpearCassette, Digital3-tracks EP
Iraqi Praetorian GuardVinyl 12"3-tracks EP
September CellVinyl 12"4-tracks EP
Jordanian DescentCassette2-tracks single
2013When You Are CrawlingDigital, CD, Vinyl 12"4-tracks EP
2014April SilencerDigital2-tracks EP
Easing of Our TaskDigital4-tracks EP
Elohim CityDigital3-tracks EP
Enduring MysteriesDigital3-tracks EP
FireballDigital3-tracks EP
Oklahoma Military AcademyDigital4-tracks EP
2017Luxor NecropoliticsDigital, Vinyl 2x10"5-tracks EP
Vatican Shadow / Ancient Methods - BunkerterrorDigital, Vinyl 2x10"2-tracks split with Ancient Methods
Rubbish of the FloodwatersOstgut TonDigital, Vinyl 12"3-tracks EP
2018Volta Forte Remixes Hospital Productions Digital2-tracks EP


2011Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader At Sea: Decks 1-3 Hospital Productions Lossless Digital
2012It Stands to ConcealVinyl 12", DigitalCompilation of Jordanian Descent, Ghosts of Chechnya and Atta's Apartment Slated for Demolition
2014 Death Is Unity With God Hospital Productions, Modern Love RecordsCassette, Vinyl LP, CDCompilation of Fireball, Enduring Mysteries, Easing of Our Task, Oklahoma Military Academy, Elohim City and April Silencer

As Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement

Studio albums

  • Papua Land Where Spirits Still Rule (2012)
  • Folklore Venom (2013)
  • Green Graves (2016)
  • Ambient Black Magic (2017)


  • The Plant With Many Faces (2013)
  • Black Magic Cannot Cross Water (2013)
  • Water Rose Above The Head (2013)


  • Water Witches (2017)

As Christian Cosmos

Studio Albums

  • Enthronement by God as the First-Born of the Dead (2012)


  • Cadence Upon The Threshold Of Judgement (2012)
  • The Sharp Lines That Delineate His Robes (2012)
  • Which Echo Again and Again (2012)

As Exploring Jezebel

Studio Albums

  • On a Business Trip to London (2015)

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