Dominick Fernow

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Dominick Fernow
Prurient performing live in 2007
Prurient performing live in 2007
Background information
Birth nameIan Dominick Fernow
Also known as
  • Prurient
  • Vatican Shadow
  • Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement
Born (1981-03-13) March 13, 1981 (age 39)
Wisconsin, U.S.
OriginWisconsin, US
  • Musician
  • poet
  • multimedia artist
InstrumentsAmplifier, microphone, drums, vocals, synthesizer
Years active1998–present
Associated actsCold Cave

Ian 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] and was raised in Madison, Wisconsin.[5] 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 Providence, New York City, Los Angeles,[3] and Berlin,[6] and runs the labels Hospital Productions and Bed Of Nails.[7]


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).[8]

Fernow has also performed in various bands, such as Football Rabbit, Vegas Martyrs, Taylor Bow, Ash Pool, and formerly as part of Cold Cave.[9] 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,[10] The Village Voice, [11] and Resident Advisor.[12]

Partial discography[edit]

As Prurient[edit]

Year Title Label Format Notes
1998 A Simple Mark Hospital Productions Cassette
Blades Steam Red Sweat, Inside The Things I Dread CD-R
Persistence Beeshu Records Cassette split with Potassium Cyanide Dogbane Sentiment
1999 A Call For Help Hospital Productions
Prurient / Jon Borges split with Jon Borges
2000 Collaboration Let It Rot CD with Richard Ramirez & Flatline Construct
Mundane Ninth Circle Music CD-R split with Sickness
Noise Split Tape Vol. 1 Brainchaos Cassette split with Echo System
Ornamentation Zaftig Research CD-R collaboration with Goose
Point And Void Hospital Productions 2xCassette
2001 Arbitrary Witness Deadline Recordings 2xCassette
Body Language Peel Back the Sky LP
Collaboration Hospital Productions CD with 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. CD split with T.E.F. & Richard Ramirez
Mater Dolorosa Hospital Productions CD
Mummification and Prayer Cassette
White Plains Leather: Black River Falls Cassette
Valve Testing Electronic Musik Compilation: 1 track:Pastune as Well
2002 Live 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
2003 Recycled Music RRRecords Cassette
Troubled Sleep Truculent Recordings CD
We Set off in High Spirits Gods of Tundra Cassette
2004 60 Minutes of Silence American Tapes Cassette
Fossil Truculent Recordings CD
Red Head RRRecords Cassette with Pedestrial Deposit
Shipwreckers Diary Ground Fault CD
Starvation Hospital Productions Cassette
Sexual Magic 2xCassette
The Hidden Family/+White+ Load Records 12"/CD with Kites
White Magic Hospital Productions Cassette
2005 African Division Hospital Productions Cassette
Akitsa / Prurient Cassette split 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 4xCassette split with Aaron Dilloway
In The Slaughterhouse 7"
Love and Romance LP split 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/LP split with Wolf Eyes
Vegas Martyrs - Choking Doberman Kitty Play Records 7"
2006 Cloven Spike Hospital Productions 7" with John Wiese
Grunt / Prurient Freak Animal Records Cassette split with Grunt
Heavy Rain Returns iDEAL Recordings CD with 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
2007 All Are Guests in the House of the Lord Hospital Productions Cassette/CD with Kevin Drumm
Caribbean Overdose Cassette edition of 200
Cave Depression No Fun Productions 3x7"
Cocaine Death Hospital Productions Cassette edition of 46
Colonialist Nature And Misanthropy 2xCassette
Golden Swastika Cassette
Prurient Hanson Records LP
Split Important Records with Mindflayer
Taylor Bow - Hate Fuck Hospital Productions 7"
Terminal Cases aRCHIVE recordings 2x3" CD split with Death Unit
The Golden Chamber Hospital Productions Cassette
2008 And Still, Wanting No Fun Productions CD + Shield 5"
Arrowhead Mego CD
End Of Autumn Troubleman Unlimited 2xLP split with Sutcliffe Jügend
Ghosts Of Niagara Hospital Productions 10xCass split with Burning Star Core
Tylenol Murders Cassette edition of 20
Cocaine Death CD
Time Began in a Garden 2xCassette, C10 + Box edition of 100
The Black Post Society Cold Spring Records CD
2009 Blood of the Lamb BloodLust! LP split 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/LP with Cold Cave
The Complete Kingdom Recordings The Institute For Organic Conversations 4xCassette split with Wilt
2010 Jesus Hospital Productions 2xCassette split with Nico Vascellari
2011 Annihilationist 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
2012 Of The Memories Of Friends Hospital Productions 2xCassette
Oxidation Cassette
Tiger Smells A Corpse 3xCassette
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
2014 Washed Against The Rocks Handmade Birds 7"
2015 Frozen Niagara Falls Profound Lore 2CD/3xLP
Cocaine Daughter Hospital Productions Cassette
2016 Unknown Rains Hospital Productions 2xLP
2017 Rainbow Mirror Profound Lore 4CD/7xLP
2019 Garden of the Mutilated Paratroopers Profound Lore 2CD/Cassette
2020 Casablanca Flamethrower Tesco Organization 2xLP/Album

As Vatican Shadow[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Format Notes
2011 Kneel Before Religious Icons Hospital Productions, Type Records Cassette, Vinyl LP
Pakistan Military Academy Hospital Productions Cassette
2012 Atta's Apartment Slated for Demolition Cassette, Digital
Ghosts of Chechnya Cassette, Digital
Ornamented Walls Modern Love Records Vinyl LP
2013 Remember Your Black Day Hospital Productions CD, Vinyl LP
2014 Games Have Rules CD, Vinyl LP with Function
2016 Media in the Service of Terror Digital, Cassette
2020 Persian Pillars Of The Gasoline Era 20 Buck Spin

EPs and singles[edit]

Year Title Label Format Notes
2010 Byzantine Private CIA Hospital Productions Cassette 4-tracks EP
2011 Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 1 Cassette 2-tracks single
Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 2 Cassette 2-tracks single
Washington Buries Al Qaeda Leader at Sea - Deck 3 Cassette 2-tracks single
The Serpent Carries Him Back Into Paradise Cassette 4-track split EP with Contrepoison (2 tracks each)
Mural of Saddam Cassette 3-tracks EP
Yemeni Commandos Cassette 2-tracks EP
2012 Kuwaiti Airforce Cassette 2-tracks EP
Operation Neptune Spear Cassette, Digital 3-tracks EP
Iraqi Praetorian Guard Vinyl 12" 3-tracks EP
September Cell Vinyl 12" 4-tracks EP
Jordanian Descent Cassette 2-tracks single
2013 When You Are Crawling Digital, CD, Vinyl 12" 4-tracks EP
2014 April Silencer Digital 2-tracks EP
Easing of Our Task Digital 4-tracks EP
Elohim City Digital 3-tracks EP
Enduring Mysteries Digital 3-tracks EP
Fireball Digital 3-tracks EP
Oklahoma Military Academy Digital 4-tracks EP
2017 Luxor Necropolitics Digital, Vinyl 2x10" 5-tracks EP
Vatican Shadow / Ancient Methods - Bunkerterror Digital, Vinyl 2x10" 2-tracks split with Ancient Methods
Rubbish of the Floodwaters Ostgut Ton Digital, Vinyl 12" 3-tracks EP
2018 Volta Forte Remixes Hospital Productions Digital 2-tracks EP


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

As Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • On a Business Trip to London (2015)


  1. ^ "Dominick Fernow". Encyclopaedia Metallum.
  2. ^ LLC, SPIN Media (September 2011). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 88–. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Fernow, Dominick (April 18, 2013). "A Guide to Dominick Fernow". Red Bull Music Academy Daily (Interview). Interviewed by Peter Nix. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Fernow, Dominick (October 2, 2015). "Musical Imbalance: An Interview with Prurient". Aux.Out (Interview). Interviewed by Andy O'Connor. Retrieved May 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Weingarten, Christopher. "Generally Inhospitable Hospital". The Village Voice. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Dominick Fernow: Myth of building bridges". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Prurient starts new label Bed Of Nails". The Wire. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  8. ^ Archived 2006-10-26 at the Wayback Machine Dead Link
  9. ^ "Boyd Rice Returns to Noise Roots With Cold Cave and Z'ev". self-titled magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  10. ^ Stosuy, Brandon. "Show No Mercy". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  11. ^ Doyle, Patrick. "The Top Ten Records that Recently Sold at Hospital Productions on East 3rd". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  12. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Dominick Fernow: Myth of building bridges". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 8 September 2020.

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