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Goblin - 1977 Suspiria

ARTIST: Goblin
ALBUM: Suspiria [Soundtrack]
LABEL: Cinevox
YEAR: 1977


LINEUP: Claudio Simonetti - keyboards, mellotron, piano, organ, synthesizers * Massimo Morante - guitars * Fabio Pignitelli - bass * Agostino Marangolo - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Suspiria * 02 Witch * 03 Opening To The Sighs * 04 Signs * 05 Markos * 06 Black Forest * 07 Blind Concert * 08 Death Valzer


Often lauded as one of the greatest horror films of all time, the success of Dario Argento's 'Suspiria' is in many ways due to the soundtrack provided by premier 70's Italian prog rock giants Goblin. The eerie and suspenseful score provided by Goblin was their second for Argento, their first being the soundtrack for 1975's 'Deep Red', which was a huge commercial hit in Italy, reaching the top of the charts. Goblin were originally known as Cherry Five, and after renaming the band released 'Deep Red' and a non soundtrack album 'Roller', which is also highly regarded by the prog set. 'Suspiria' remains Goblin's most well known work and the stark, haunting synth passages combined with imaginative progressive passages makes for one of the most atmospheric albums of the decade. Mixed with some crucial hard rock elements Goblin truly ran the gamut of prog sensibilities here, a captivating listen.

The Songs
The title track quickly became a cult hit, going hand in hand with Argento's nightmarish onscreen vision. A mixture of medieval like acoustic guitars and wailing synths set to a backdrop of ghostly voices make for stark listening, before giving in halfway in to a hard rock section with stabbing keyboards and positively thrusting guitar work, with a sublime synthesizer solo. Truly overwhelming prog magicianship that goes beyond that of a simple soundtrack. 'Witch' boasts some frenetic drum work with ominous bass and vocal harmonies, the latter dominating 'Sighs' also, very much the sound of a bad dream, especially the orchestral overtones. Of more note is the heavier 'Markos', with a whirlwind of percussion and keyboards, and a certain air of desperation. 'Black Forest' will interest those with a persuasion for general prog artists like Genesis or Gentle Giant, although not as lengthy, but with a host of complex guitar and keyboard lines and some sax also. This is far removed from the title track and more in line with the bands non soundtrack recordings. The guitar solo here is menacing in particular. On the jazzy path is 'Blind Concert', a typical slice of 70's fusion, but still effective despite lacking the horror vibe of the earlier tracks. The organ shines in particular, and this could easily be any track off Jeff Beck's 'Blow By Blow'. In suitable style 'Death Valzer' ends the album with a piano solo, again removed from all before it and reinforcing how varied, but unflinching this soundtrack is in its shifting directions.

In Summary
With the reputation of the movie existing to this day, the soundtrack remains somewhat of an iconic statement of 70's progressive rock and quite deservedly. All melodic fans would surely find tremendous worth in the melodies that are lurking in these instrumentals, and not once are vocals missed as the demonic background voices provide much impact. Goblin famously provided the score also for 1978's 'Dawn Of The Dead', which was another fine outing. Goblin reportedly moved away from their prog origins in their later years, moving with the times ostensibly, but are still known for 'Suspiria' above all. Tremendously rewarding listening.

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#1 | Eric on May 31 2007 23:58:28
Very nice to see this here Alun. Goblin were without a doubt one of the better Italian prog bands that often get overlooked mainly because thier best work was for soundtracks and movie producers. clap
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