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ZOMBI - DAWN OF THE DEAD

Goblin

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.52 | 36 ratings

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UndercoverBoy
3 stars Goblin's ZOMBI- DAWN OF THE DEAD is the soundtrack to "Zombi," the Italian version of the classic horror film "Dawn of the Dead." Goblin's discography consists mainly of soundtracks to Italian horror films, and they are very good at. Of course, the problem with this is that you can't really make a masterpiece from background music to a campy horror flick. I haven't seen "Dawn of the Dead" or "Zombi," so I really can't say how each song correlates to the film.

The album opens up with "L'alba Dei Morti Viventi." This song is very ethereal and brooding, and really sends chills down your spine. Like most tracks by Goblin, this song is very synth- based, and make all sorts of sounds to emulate a choir and an organ. The guitars also give it an intense atmosphere, and a high-pitched synth note also adds to the horror. This is a great track, and sets the mood very well.

"Zombi" is the second track. This track is very intense and confrotational, opening with the pounding of a single chord rapidly, which alternates multiple times with different chords more spaced apart. One thing that really impressed me with this track is the drumming, which ends the song with a loud crash. "Zombi" is also a great track, and it really gives the idea of suddenly being attacked by a zombie.

"Safari" is the third track. It's very short, and is not as synth-based as the first two tracks. It has tribal chanting and timpani drums, which is very interesting in a horror soundtrack. If you enjoy world music with a dark tone, you'll like this song, but it probably won't impress anyone else.

"Torte in Faccia" is the fourth track. This track is pretty much a novelty song, being only a quick ditty on the piano. Apparently, it translates as "Pie in the Face," which is very apt as it is nothing more than a humorous throwaway track. There's not a lot to appreciate here, except some charming piano playing.

"Ai Margini Della Follia" is the fifth track. It is based mostly around ethereal textures, with the same confrontational chord from "Zombi" sneaking it's way in. There isn't a lot to this track, and it's pretty much a throwaway.

"Zaratozom" is the sixth track. The guitar is the dominant instrument in this track, and similar to "Rhayader Goes to Town" by Camel, it's very exciting. The synths add some nice touches here and there, and this is all-around a fine track.

"La Caccia" is the seventh track. For the most part, it's very triumphant, but the single pounded chord from "Zombi" pops up and here and there. I really love the synths that come in at 1:10, which gives the song a very positive and uplifting feeling, even if there is some darkness underneath the joyful mood.

"Tirrasengo" is the eight track. Like "La Caccia," this track is very positive and uplifting, and this time there is no implied danger. There is a violin here, which sounds very pleasant, and the riff from what sounds like a banjo is very light-hearted as well. This is a pleasant track to listen to, although I can't see how it fits in a horror film.

"Oblio" is the ninth track. This track has a very dreary and remorseful mood, which is communicated as the guitar plays the melody, and the piano plays an emotional if repetitive theme. Some parts of this track are actually quite beautiful, particularly in the sections with mellotron and saxophone, but I still think that all the instruments all are played very well here. This is quite an emotional track, even though it's instrumental, and almost reminds me of "Us and Them" by Pink Floyd.

"Risveglio" is the tenth track, and is another very piano-centric track. This one is very short, and while it's starts out beautiful, it then sinks and ends on a dark and paranoid note. A strange way to conclude the album, but I think that it wouldn't have made much sense if it ended happily, would it?

ZOMBI- THE DAWN OF THE DEAD isn't essential Italian Prog, but I'm sure it's a great soundtrack for a film. The album is fine background music, and as I said before, that's all it well ever amount to: background music. If you like instrumental music with lots of synths, pick this one up (although I think ROLLER is a bit better.) Just don't expect you're life to be changed.

3 Stars- Good, but non-essential

UndercoverBoy | 3/5 |

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