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Goblin | Suspiria: Album Review

Artist: Goblin
Album: Suspiria (40th Anniversary)
Release date: Originally: 1977

In 1977, the renowned Italian horror film director Dario Argento released Suspiria, a visually beguiling film dealing with the strange and supernatural. Argento’s unique visual style—including but not limited to blood red-colored rooms—propelled his films to cult status, but the film isn’t the only thing that gained a cult following. Goblin is an Italian progressive rock band known for their soundtrack work on many of Argento’s films, including Suspiria. Goblin’s instrumentation for the film is in part why the film’s impact has been so profound.

The 180-gram vinyl, housed in a black cover with an illustration of a ballet dancer pirouetting with pointed, blood-covered toes, is perhaps the only way to experience the spine-chilling score separate from the film. Goblin employs peculiar instruments like a tabla, bouzouki, and a Moog synthesizer to create the ominous feeling that saturates the film. The main theme, “Suspiria,” is a chilling yet childishly innocent music box-like theme. The tension between the light resounding chimes and sharp bouzouki twangs that act as an overture to ominous whispers, followed by incongruous synths creates a seductive cacophony that echoes from the speakers of a record player.

“Witch” begins with rapid drumbeats coupled with the ghoulish howls of women which are some of the more pleasant-sounding croons rather than macabre ritualistic wailing heard throughout. Horns screech throughout the score, giving the track an even more ghastly ambiance.

Goblin’s score for Argento’s Suspiria is the quintessential horror soundtrack. Dubbed the most horrifying film score, it integrates seamlessly into the film, yet also flourishes when it stands alone, especially on vinyl.

Rate: 5/5 Stars

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