Prurient
Rainbow Mirror


2.0
poor

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
December 1st, 2017 | 102 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Somewhere over the ______

By no means is Dominick Fernow’s latest offering Rainbow Mirror an easily digested record. Commemorating 20 years of the Prurient project, it’s a record that moves along at a glacial pace, clocking in at three hours in total; with three discs’ worth of new material, the listener is bound to get lost within the music’s vast depths or find themselves greatly exhausted at an album that far overstays its welcome. Fernow describes the music found on Rainbow Mirror as “doom electronics” – a term appropriate for works such as the sluggish “Midnight Kabar” or the grating grind of “Chaos – Sex”, but not representative of the album in general. “Falling In The Water” finds itself brooding and exuding chirping rhythms as it progresses, a distorted backdrop awash with various electronic artifacts as a vague instance of a melody cracks through the seams and converges with the lower end of its blueprint. “Okinawan Burial Vaults”, hazy and always on the verge of becoming nondescript, ebbs and flows in unison with wavering oscillations before turning to more sinister realms; whereas the isolated plucking that opens “Cruel Worlds” contrasts with the following feedback that drives the remnant of the track, screeching and overtaking the light synth stabs and muted percussion before segueing into the droning horror movie-worthy “Naturecum”.

Rainbow Mirror does, at several points, lose steam – for a record so obnoxiously long, its own handicap is the severe indulgence that Fernow partakes in throughout all three discs, even on the more worthwhile cuts. His concept of “doom electronics”, while at first intriguing and indeed disturbing, wears thin quickly and is on the fringe of prosaic and wildly cumbersome in its execution, giving way to the uninspired side of what Prurient has to offer. “April Fool’s Day Aspect Sinister” meanders about without a trace of inspiration to be found, cluttering itself with an array of noises while attempting to fit Fernow’s “doom electronics” labeling but instead falling to a level of dark ambient mediocrity unfitting of modern-day Prurient. The humdrum of “Path Is Short” on the other hand, comes incredulously close to realizing the “doom electronics” concept and all that it entails, yet fails to even progress beyond the excessive trappings that have plagued this type of music for so long. Rainbow Mirror is, for better or worse, a test of endurance and a display of unabashed technical self-indulgence to the highest and most monotonous degree possible. It’s not as if I’m saying it’s not worth your time, but unless you’re a hardcore fan who needs to sate your need for new Prurient or anything Dominick Fernow puts out, it’s just not worth the three hours necessary to trudge through Rainbow Mirror’s monolithic slabs of pitch black, hulking noise masquerading as ambient masquerading as – ahem – “doom electronics”.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

not gonna have time to post this most likely so here it is early; black malachite for noise kids



Falling In The Water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrM0fYWjZbc

Buddha Strangled In Vines (Part One): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtrwPsgga8M

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Papa Universe
December 1st 2017


17739 Comments


Over the what? OVER THE WHAT?! I'm dying in suspense!

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TVC15
December 1st 2017


9788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Over the court of the crimson king

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

No pot of gold here, sadly

TVC15
December 1st 2017


9788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sad!

StallionMang
December 1st 2017


8809 Comments


:[[[[
fuck i loved frozen niagara falls i really hope this doesn't suck

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The last.fm scrobbles say otherwise~

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you're a master of multitasking, i see!

hesperus
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


1053 Comments


goddamn, and i thought the 90 minutes of Frozen Niagara Falls were a bit much. pretty sure 3 hours of Prurient would destroy my ears

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You'll be long asleep before that happens, I'm afraid.

hal1ax
December 2nd 2017


11437 Comments


does this bang as hard as pure fetor

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

does it ever!

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

but does it bump in the whip?

TVC15
December 2nd 2017


9788 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Turn the bass all the way up and find out

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

can confirm linkinparkforthewin actually doesn't like this btw

Futures
December 2nd 2017


9983 Comments


meme noise

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

even better, rym @minna

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

same as here, although he hasn't shared any ~thoughts~ so i'm guessing it's a placeholder lol

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

actually can't believe rym is eating this up like what the fuck?

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2017


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

https://rateyourmusic.com/~Casey_White



this is currently at 3.87 w/ 56 ratings so a bit early to tell w/e



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