A creepy hybrid of up-to-the-’70s electric prog rocking and acoustic medieval evil, Italian group Goblin’s expressionist score to Dario Argento’s gory 1977 giallo masterpiece is as startling as the film itself. In addition to the film’s memorable fourteen-note theme, keyboardist Claudio Simonetti (on Mellotron, Moogs and celesta) and company explore “Sighs” (acoustic guitars and heavy breathing), the mechanically motivated “Markos,” and more orthodox jazz-rocking evocations of Argento’s characters (“Black Forest”) as they are variously sliced, diced, and covered with maggots.
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By Andrew Parks on 06.17.13 in Six Degrees
It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirat...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 02.19.13 in Lists
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By Barry Walters on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Although virtually unknown in America, Goblin became a household name in their native Italy in 1975 when their soundtrack for cult horror director Dario Argento's first thriller, Profondo Rosso (Deep Red), topped the...