Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2009 March 09 • Monday

The fifty-first Soundtrack of the Week is ¡Mátalo! (a.k.a. Kill Him!) by Mario Migliardi.

Who is Mario Migliardi? I had never heard of him (or this movie) before, but I was blown away by the opening track on this CD, a psychedelic rock cut that sounds like a collaboration between Black Sabbath and Goblin.

The CD opens with the single version of this piece, but there is the full soundtrack version, later on. It's almost ten minutes long!

The rest of the music is also wonderful, at times suggesting horror films, or sci-fi films, or lost Os Mutantes recordings — everything except a spaghetti western, which is what ¡Mátalo! is.

Mario Migliardi's imdb page lists only 11 movies that credit him as composer. They all sound great: Il pianeta degli uomini spenti (a.k.a. Planet of the Lifeless Men), Die Turm der verbotenen Liebe (a.k.a. Tower of Screaming Virgins), Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (a.k.a. Pray to Kill and Return Alive, a.k.a Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead, a.k.a. To Kill a Jackal, a.k.a. Renegade Gun), etc.