Goblin
Suspiria


4.5
superb

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
October 31st, 2008 | 22 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist


Susie... Sarah... I once read that names which begin with the letter 'S' are the names of SNAKES! Sssssssss! Ssssssssss!

The horror movie, Suspiria, is nothing less than a cult classic. It’s not due to the multiple climaxes or unique murders, but something much more sinister. Dario Argento and Goblin made that movie the horror powerhouse that it is. Argento is a very exceptional director, but knew his sonic visions could only be matched by Goblin. Oddly enough, Goblin switches to progressive rock in between composing soundtracks for Argento, and those influences shine through on this record, and the results definantly exceed any boundaries soundtracks had back in the 70’s.

The band is driven by keyboardist Claudio Simonetti, crafting a more overall symphonic mood for their music. He kicks off the soundtrack, and the movie, with a hypnotizing celesta melody in continuous loops while high-pitched acoustic chords strum through the powerful whispers syncopating with the timpani. The whispers soon get buried low in the mix, the music overcome with multi-instrumentation, until the siren pulsates to break the song down. Enter the two minute horror movie progressive jam. The jam still retains the heavy synth and brings in sawtooth leads as well, and soon fades back into the intro where it all started, the whispers growing and growing…soaring above the flickering siren until the winds draw everything to silence. This is the Suspiria theme.

The main thing that sets this soundtrack apart from others is its heavy experimentation. The next song, Witch, sounds like a lo-fi post metal song with a male Diamanda Galas screeching above the pounding timpani and out of tune violins. Static is put to use in an effective way throughout the album as well, something other soundtracks use to dominate the sound, which essentially kills the mood. This record uses samples sparingly, as well as knowing when to incorporate suffocating silences. Plus, who knew detuned harpsichords, 6-string basses, and moans of agony could be so splendidly syncopated?

There are a few bonus songs you get on the album that weren’t in the movie, probably due to their song-structure nature. Black Forest sounds like if you mixed the ambience of Tangerine Dream and an eerie Camel with jazz trumpets/drum beats. The song never would have fit in the movie but is a welcome addition for the listener. Blind Concert is the other not featured in the movie, without a doubt because it’s ***ing weird. It mixes the Suspiria theme piano line with a giant jazz breakdown; it’s easy to see where Mr. Bungle got a bit of their influence from this song.

As the record closes with Dead Waltz, you sway along because you don’t know what else to do. The first 7 tracks have embedded terror in your mind, and here we have a dance tune. This is the uber mind*** of your day, congrats! A simple, yet fabulous 33-minute execution of spine-chilling soundscapes has become a true paradigm for the world of soundtracks as a whole. It just gets bonus points for allowing itself to stand alone from the film. Until you see the movie incorporating these compositions, you can only listen in the comfort of your darkness where bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors, but by broken minds. After all, reality is a mere illusion, albeit a quite persistent one…

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat. “…or you wouldn’t have come here.”




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fireaboveicebelow
October 31st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

happy freakin' halloween everyone!

badtaste
October 31st 2008


824 Comments


Neat review. Would have been handy if you explained that Goblin were an Italian prog rock band, particularly Sputnik doesn't even have a bio for them either.

Ashamed to say that I'm not familiar with this film.

Willie
Moderator
October 31st 2008


16073 Comments


I've heard of this movie (and there is a band named after it too), but I've didn't really know anything about it. This soundtrack sounds like it could be cool. The only thing that worries me is how old it is... I don't usually like 70s rock, but I'll check it out.

BallsToTheWall
October 31st 2008


44714 Comments


Happy Samhain to all. Good review, sounds like something to find.

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fireaboveicebelow
October 31st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Would have been handy if you explained that Goblin were an Italian prog rock band, particularly Sputnik doesn't even have a bio for them either.
yeah, I'll get a bio up on their page in a jiffy
I've heard of this movie (and there is a band named after it too), but I've didn't really know anything about it. This soundtrack sounds like it could be cool. The only thing that worries me is how old it is... I don't usually like 70s rock, but I'll check it out.
the band named after it is an extremely bland sympho-black metal band. As for not liking 70's rock...I can't help you there, do you mean progressive or just rock?This Message Edited On 10.31.08

Epilogue
October 31st 2008


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, review is likewise. Will listen too again since Ive got nothing to do but sit and do nothing on Halloween.

Captain North
October 31st 2008


6791 Comments


I think he meant he doesn't like 70's music in general.

To which I'm inclined to agree, but mainly because of the recording equipment.

Good review though.

Meatplow
November 1st 2008


5524 Comments


Excellent movie, one of the best horror soundtracks of all time.

Great review, pos'd.

fireaboveicebelow
November 1st 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you sirs for the compliments

Willie
Moderator
November 3rd 2008


16073 Comments


As for not liking 70's rock...I can't help you there, do you mean progressive or just rock?
I mean most the music that is pre-1980. My main problem with it is the production and/or the overall sound of albums back then. This is still on my list to look into though.This Message Edited On 11.03.08

Gyromania
August 27th 2010


15941 Comments


Willie, you would like this

greg84
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2010


7423 Comments


Great movie and also very atmospheric soundtrack.

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PureNarcotic
August 27th 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i don't quite like the concept of the movie
but images, colours and music are awesome.

Gyromania
August 27th 2010


15941 Comments


The movie was phenomenal

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2011


16137 Comments


Sooo good.

BigPleb
March 4th 2013


37367 Comments


This movie rules face, Argento army p/

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GrandpaSeth3000
April 6th 2014


367 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing band. One of my favorite albums!

- gs3k

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2014


18746 Comments


argento forever

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Gyromania
April 6th 2014


15941 Comments


yes!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2014


18746 Comments


the soundtrack to tenebre is almost as sweet as this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nHV6MAA1K8



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