Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2011 October 24 • Monday

Angelo Francesco Lavagnino's music for Il castello dei morti vivi (Castle of the Living Dead) is the 188th Soundtrack of the Week.

Good old Christopher Lee. I don't think I've seen this movie, but I'd sure like to.

The first track establishes the main theme, which you'll hear several times on the CD. It's a surprisingly beautiful and lyrical piece that blends several different moods: pop, drama, march. The very first few instruments you hear are percussion and harp, my favorites.

Another favorite, harpsichord, is featured prominently on the record. The electric guitar and flute playing are always tasteful and atmospheric.

There's a sustained sense of suspense and dread throughout the music. "Esecuzione ed apparizione" mixes some martial snare and horns with eerie organ.

"Il conte Drago" makes greater use of the organ and reprises the stings from the main title music. Vibes add to the spooky atmosphere.

"Orribile segreto" demonstrates the effectiveness of reverb as very wet-sounding hand percussions provide an intro for a cloud of organ, bass clarinet and vibes. The flute again plays a crucial role, providing a dreamy, lyrical line.

That same line is continued by violins in "Amore nel terrore". That would be the amore part. Then comes the terrore: that damn organ again, vibes and plucked strings.

This is another great rainy-day CD.

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