So, I don’t smoke weed anymore, but back when I did, I would get pretty blazed. No, scratch that. I would get TORN UP! I’m talking unable to move, everything was chill and I could barely see three feet in front of me due to the amount of smoke. Yeah, it was good times. So even though I’ve quite pot, I still remember the times and the experiences associated with it. This was the approach I took in reviewing the soundtrack to ‘Night of the Living Heads’ (NOTLH). I put myself back in those days and thought of how I would feel listening to the music whilst stoned off my ass. Check after the jump to see if I’m having a good or a bad experience!
First things first: I can’t review this like a normal CD as a soundtrack inherently has multiple artists and, often, multiple styles. This is definitely the case with the NOTLH OST and as a result, I’ll be talking more about the atmosphere of the soundtrack and how well I think it deals with the subject matter: weed and horror.
The first half of the CD is split almost evenly between two artists, Zombies Unlimited, and 400 Lonely Things. There is a Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble track snuck in between. The Zombies Unlimited tracks are completely, scored by BD’s own John Marrone
! The thing I noticed immediately about those tracks is that you can tell they were composed with the loving touch of a horror fanatic: They’re creepy, ambient and not something you listen to when you want to relax. ‘Cursed Crops’ has a very hip-hop inspired bass line mixed with tribal drumming that gives way to eerie, ominous strings. ‘ZTHC’ starts with an arpeggiated synth sound that is oddly reminiscent of a water bong being hit. To add to that idea, later in the song are samples of a person coughing, as though they just took a hit.
The 400 Lonely Things tracks are off of their ‘Tonight of the Living Dead’ album, where they took samples of music from ‘Night of The Living Dead’ and remixed it. These tracks conjure up the images and scenes from NOTLD, which give a great sense of vintage analog warmth to the soundtrack.
The second half of the CD is a mixture of hip-hop, punk rock and acoustic songs interspersed with some dark ambient tracks. It’s almost as if to say, ‘Yeah, you can have fun. Just know you’re going to be eaten soon.’ The Cloud 9 track, ‘Exhale’, is very catchy and high-energy. ‘For A While’ by Mojave is a pleasant, melancholic acoustic track with very pretty female vocals.
The NOTLH theme song, ‘The Voodoo’ by John Skiiz Valour, starts with a menacing laugh and warm keyboard patches. Atmospherically, it encapsulates the feeling of the movie perfectly: It’s creepy with some violent lyrics, yet makes you want to lie back and smoke a blunt.
Overall, the NOTLH OST is a great soundtrack for horror fans to listen to while getting high. You’ll relish the creepy atmosphere and probably go into a long discussion on how to best survive the impending zombie apocalypse. My only complaint is that the second half of the CD doesn’t flow as well as I would’ve liked. Some song transitions are a bit jarring.
4 out of 5 skulls
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