Anyone familiar with the Italian horror movie scene knows about Goblin. They composed music for a number of well known Italian horror movies. Being a fan of Italian horror movies and progressive rock music myself, I stumbled upon Goblin. Based on descriptions I read of their elaborate past and influence in the Italian horror movie scene, I picked this CD up. It seemed to be the most appropriate starting point for my venture into Goblin`s music, which was an experience that could be best described as finding a long lost treasure. In the end, Goblin is exactly that -- a long lost treasure that is almost never mentioned outside of its circle of expertise. These guys put the "supposedly" Gothic rock bands of today to shame.
To my utter delight this CD does indeed contain "scary" songs. It was everything I expected Goblin to be and more, although I never had any doubts that they wouldn't be "good" from a certain vantage point. Surprisingly, this CD sounded more contemporary than I imagined. I could trace Goblin's influence in the music of Malice Mizer, Cradle of Filth, Christian Death, and beyond. However, Goblin does not sound like many other bands; they are unique in their own way and stand alone. In this day and age when creating spooky music is a stellar selling point to prepubescent teens, Goblin still remains relatively unknown, and the obscurity that shrouds their music is yet another reason why I was attracted to them. There is a certain charm in the esoteric nature of their music, as if it relishes the fact that it is eerie, spooky, and disturbing in nature. Do not forget, most of the songs on this CD were made for the silver screen, so much of the music is based solely upon mood as its major transcendental theme. Atmosphere is obviously essential to Goblin. Unlike many of their predecessors, however, Goblin places an emphasis on the exploration of sound, as well. After all, they are a progressive band.
Without a doubt this record is essential to anyone's collection. It does not matter whether you are a prog-head or just a music enthusiast, Goblin is one of those bands that deserves a place in your music collection. For anyone who is tired of the banal, uninspired music of today, then Goblin is a band that is worth at least giving a spin. If want to listen to music where you just sit back and feel the atmosphere surround you, then Goblin is definitely the band to check out, because there is no doubt that their music is rich in atmosphere.