As I’ve said before, I love it when you lovely, amazing readers send me things to check out. I get to see and hear things that would’ve normally slipped entirely under my radar.
Such is the case with Robotmonkeyarm and their three-part EP that is heavily influenced by the works of Goblin (Suspiria) and Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, John Carpenter’s The Thing). Utilizing and blending surf rock with rich instrumentation, the EP sounds like a wonderful throwback to the great horror movies of the 70′s and early 80′s.
The group has also mentioned via their Facebook page that they are working on a fourth entry into the EP series, so we’ll keep an ear open to make sure we let you know when it comes out. Meanwhile, listen to the trilogy below! READ MORE
I have friends I can crash with and I have airline miles I can use, so you just might see me at this. Are you a Suspiria fan in Texas? Then you’re in luck! Housecore Horror Film Festival, “the ultimate 3-day, underground fan event celebrating the twisted line where horror films and heavy metal meet”, just came out swinging. Today, festival creators – Pantera frontman Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell – announce that influential Italian progressive rock band Goblin will be performing their iconic score to Dario Argento’s 1977 horror masterpiece, Suspiria, live at the fest.
Marking their first-ever performance in North America, Goblin’s horror rock maestros Maurizio Guarini and Claudio Simonetti will fulfill fans’ dreams and nightmares as they perform their notably eerie soundtrack for Suspiria live during a screening of the classic and revered horror masterpiece.
Hit up Housecore Horror’s official site and get tix for the 3 day fest here! Hurry up, because the promoters are (oddly) raising prices soon. Maybe there are more surprises in store? READ MORE
In a recent interview with Uppsala Student Radio 98.9, Opeth mainman Mikael Akerfeldt briefly described two new songs that are being written for the followup to 2011′s Heritage (review). He says that the first song is rather miserable yet beautiful. But the real interesting part is that he describes the second track as being heavily influenced by Italian prog rock band Goblin, who scored many of Dario Argento’s films, including the fantastic Suspiria.
Akerfeldt stated, “I have one new song, which I really like, a new song. It’s the most miserable song I ever wrote, and it’s beautiful, I think. And then I have a song that we jammed, actually, on tour. I came up with a little lick and became a bit of a director and just told everyone to play this and that, and we started jamming on something. And it sounded, immediately from the beginning, which was also my idea, it sounded like the band Goblin, if you heard them, the Italian band. So it’s a crazy riff, a GOBLIN rip-off, and the song is called “Goblin”, which is a good title, I think. And we’re gonna record it. I’m not sure if that will be too much of a fucked up song to be on the record, because there will definitely only be one song ever we do that is gonna sound like that. So maybe it’ll just be some extra thing that we have. But it’s really good; I love it. But then again, it’s just because of the closeness to Goblin.”
You can watch footage of Akerfeldt describing the music below. READ MORE
DAMMIT! This is one of those times that I wish I had ridiculous amounts of disposable income (okay, I wish that all the time, but hush). At Melbourne Music Week (obviously in Melbourne, Australia), legendary electronic prog rock band Goblin, who have scored some of the greatest horror movies of all time, will be performing their score to the classic Dario Argento film Suspiriaduring a screening of the film! The first showing has already sold out but tickets are still available at this time for a second showing. You can snag them here.
I’m a huge fan of this soundtrack as well as the film itself. What about you? What are some of your favorite Goblin soundtracks? READ MORE
In an interview with MetalSucks, At The Gates and ex-The Haunted guitarist Anders Björler discussed the split between The Haunted and Peter Dolving as well as his own departure from the band as well as an upcoming solo project that, from his description, sounds pretty incredible.
In regards to the harsh words from Peter Dolving, Björler says, “I was pretty sad he had to blame me and Jonas for everything. There’s no need going into details or to throw shit at Peter. I am just not that kind of person. I just hope people are smart enough to make up their own minds and think for themselves. There’s not just one side to this story. There are five.”
Talking about his upcoming solo album: “I am completing my first solo album which will be released soon. I finally decided to do something that I wanted to do for years. It’s 100% instrumental, and kind of resembles film soundtrack music in the structure. The album will reflect my love for Italian soundtrack music like Goblin, Bruno Nicolai, Fabio Frizzi, Walter Rizzati, etc., mixed with influences from progressive UK bands (King Crimson, Camel, UK, Alan Holdsworth), Post Rock (Explosions In The Sky, MONO), ambient (Harold Budd, Brian Eno) and Jazz/Swedish Folk Music (Jan Johansson, Esbjorn Svenssons Trio, Lars Gullin, etc.). That’s maybe a lot of different influences you might say, but I hope this will help explain the style somehow.”
That description makes me super excited to hear his album. King Crimson with Goblin and sprinkle in a dash of Explosions In The Sky? Yeah, I’m all for it. Make sure to click the link above to read the entire interview. READ MORE
It’s nearly Halloween. Outside, the wind is howling. The trees are bare, the branches looking like skeleton limbs crudely stuck together. Leaves cover the ground, causing each step to elicit a satisfying crunch. The sky is steel grey, threatening rain, thunder, and lightning. In a simpler way of putting it, it’s the best time of the year.
For me, one of the best ways to celebrate this time of year is by putting on some of the creepiest, eeriest, scariest music that I can get my hands on. There is something deliciously fun about scaring myself with shrieking violins, out-of-tune pianos, otherworldly choirs, and bizarre ambient tones.
And since this time of year is something special to a great many people, I wanted to share some of my favorite horror soundtracks, the ones that make me want to curl up under a blanket and play one horror movie after another, until the saving grace of the sunrise saves me. Join me below for 9 Great Horror Soundtracks! READ MORE
This week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week is brought to you by Mothlite and the video for “Seeing In The Dark”! The song, which comes off their latest release Dark Age, is a more mellow, hauntingly subtle and lighthearted piece while the visuals are playful in their nightmarish aspects. Also, if you listen closely, you can hear tones that are very similar to the sounds Goblin used in their Dawn Of The Dead score! Check out the video below and ease into a nice relaxing weekend!
One of the coolest things to happen at this years Olympics is the performance by Natalia Ischenko (with 15 world titles, nicknamed ‘Phelps in a skirt’) and Svetlana Romashina, the best Synchronised Swimming Duet Team (swimming for Russia) performing in the Free Routine to “Suspiria” by Goblin, at Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, London, on April 20 2012! Dig on that above.
Another video addition to this edition of Random Cool comes once again courtesy of studioADI. The FX studio has shared the puppet work for the “Bambi Burster” in David Fincher’s Alien 3. Here’s what they had to say about the following video: “For Fincher’s ALIEN 3, we created the “Bambi Burster”. Though cut from the film, this video shows a test of the unfinished rod puppet.
“Crowded around it are ADI co-founder and multi-Oscar nominee Alec Gillis, future WETA dignitary Gino Acevedo, future Oscar winners Dave Elsey and Mark Coulier, and future video demi-god Chris Cunningham. The puppet was sculpted by future director Steve Norrington (BLADE, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN). This video shot by future Oscar winner Tom Woodruff Jr. The Bambi Burster itself never grew up to win anything. Poor little puppet.” READ MORE
Stop-motion animation upstart Laika Studios, makers of Coraline and the late-summer release ParaNorman, have set their next project with Goblins, an adaptation of a British novelist Philip Reeve’s book that Marc Gustafson (animation director on Fantastic Mr. Fox) will direct, says Variety.
The 3D, stop-motion animation pic will tell “The story of a Skarper, a clever young goblin who lives among his ill-mannered bretheren in an ancient castle. Only he understands that an ancient evil is rising that will bring all manner of monsters and mythical creatures into an epic magical conflict.”
The Portland, Ore.-based studio optioned Reeve’s novel, which was published in the U.K. earlier this month and hits the U.S. next year.
For as big a Tool and A Perfect Circle fan as I am, I just could not enjoy Puscifer’s V Is For Vagina. As a matter of fact, I flat out couldn’t stand it. So, when Conditions Of My Parole was announced, I met the news with a healthy dose of skepticism and, I’ll admit it, scorn. My interest became piqued when Maynard described it as “Twin Peaks in the desert”. Well, I just so happen to love Twin Peaks, so I found myself becoming more and more curious about the album. When Man Overboard came out, I couldn’t believe it. What a great song! I loved the feel, the atmosphere, the flow, the whole damn thing! Why, with this song, the whole album has to be just as good…right? Check after the jump for my answer.
Beileid is the seventh album release from Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, a four man project who’ve evolved from a 1992 German hardcore band into what they are today – the founders, masters, and pioneers of the doom jazz subgenre – which blends horror themes with blackened, jazz driven ambience. In the past and at its prime, its has been the perfect replacement for foul, Black Sabbath atmospheres when fast rhythms aren’t quite in sync with the mood - Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore are the consistent go-to alternative for slower, drowsier, aural evils.
D.I.Y. rapper Tyler, The Creator has released his second video of his second full length “GOBLIN” for “She” featuring Frank Ocean. The song itself is a little bit of a separation compared to his other songs, but the creepy side of the video isn’t. Enjoy!
If you’re a little more interested in Tyler, The Creator read past the break for his other video “Yonkers“. Super creepy and he eats a cockroach. Check it!