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Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars Suspiria!!

This is the 4th (i believe) album from this wonderful Italian band that i am reviewing, and now that i had a look to the other reviews, i am shocked that any collaborator has reviewed this since 2006, shame on me, and on some of you. But fortunately i may guide others to give a spin to this and maybe a review in the future.

As some of you know, Goblin is a symphonic band that through the years has composed music not only for the progressive rock listener, but for the horror movie watcher, they did several soundtracks for Argento's movies, Profondo Rosso may be the best example, and Suspiria was another album that runs incredibly good with the visual scenes of the movie with the same name.

A band with music for horror movies? You may think that the music here is dark and obscure and you may ask yourself why is this a band considered a Symphonic one, well when you listen to it you will realize that most of the music goes with the leadership of keyboard player Claudio Simonetti and that produce a predominate symphonic sound after all.

This album has 8 and a total time of 34 minutes, it is a short album but truly enjoyable, there are some extra tracks in the re-released CD.

Suspiria kicks off with the title-track, with a scary celesta and bell sound and some whispers over there, the atmosphere created will immediately make you feel in a horror movie, the song is progressing and as i told you before, the keyboards play the main role and after almost 3 minutes the song changes with a faster time and gives the idea of a pursuit, the music is totally progressive rock so if you are skeptik and believe that symph prog rock cannot fit with an horror movie, listen to this, after a couple of minutes more, it retursn as it began, a great song.

Witch opens with some kind of percussion and screams, that actually remind me a lot to the 3rd or 4th song from Tangerine Dream's Atem (don't remember the name now). The song is very creepy and totally accurate for a horror scene, listen to it with nice headphones, and you may feel like if you were inside the movie.

Opening to the Sighs is just a short prelude the next song that as you can guess is called Sighs, and sighs is another great and scary piece that has a lot of hidden sounds, some screams and kind of chants in the background, led by some acoustic guitars and creating a weird atmosphere, like in a moment of transicion or desesperation, strange the feeling, great the music which actually remains being the same during the first 4 minutes, and at the end the guitars dissapear and just the strange noises continue.

The following song is entitled Markos and starts with a sound that again reminds me to Tangerine Dream due to the synths sound, so besides the symphonic structure of the album, it also has electronic elements along with some others world music sounds. This song has short but great percussion work on it since what predominates are the synths, a VERY hypnotizing song!

With the next song, Black Forest we are starting to reach the last part of the album, it opens with a melodic acoustic guitar sound with some synth background and a new element, the saxophone which is played after 1.30 minute and that gives the song a delicate jazzy touch. An excellent composition that after a couple of minutes shows a rockier side of the band with a guitar solo, constant drumming and great bass lines, later you will hear ssome keayboard notes and a solo, and again the sax on it, one of the finest compositions from this album.

Blind Concert shows another face of the band, they maintain the creepy sound due to the bells and synths backs, but this time it has a very funky bass that will make you enjoy the song a lot, the structure of the song reminds me for some reason to a Focus tune, just the structure, not necessarily the sound. Blind concert makes me think of a movie scene where some character is preparing his way for going out and achieve something, maybe a murder i don't know, the rythm is very funky and moody, cool song.

The album finishes with a shorter track called Death Waltz which actually as the name says is a waltz, so you know you will only listen to the piano sound and you will imagine yourself dancing, this is how this great album ends.

Not my favourite Goblin album, but how i love it, it is a great record that i enjoy listening a lot and i am sure the most of you will enjoy as well. If you can, watch the movie and fall in love with Goblin's music which is an awesome band in my point of view. If you buy the re-release of this album you will find some extra tracks which are Suspiria with narration, Suspiria just with bells and celesta, and a different version of Markos. My grade, 4 stars! Excellent addition to any prog music collection.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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