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Here’s the latest of Relapse’s beautifully put together Zombi vinyl reissues - a lush double LP of ‘Spirit Animal’ on fancy red vinyl. I’m sure you know this Pittsburgh duo’s modus operandi by now. This is horror soundtrack worship of the highest calibre, heavy on the synths but also showing no fear of Goblin-esque live arrangements with plaintive guitar picking and heavy bass. The opening title track starts out with sinister droning synths, moves on into a passage with piano and guitar, before bursting into a dramatic Fabio Frizzi-esque finale complete with synth choirs, boomy chorused bass and bright scary synth melodies. Completely ace.
I don’t have time for a track by track run-down but I expect you know what Zombi sound like by now. They’re named after a Goblin album, they like John Carpenter a lot, and they’re very good at pairing together some delicately constructed synth lines with bold, atmospheric live bass in a way that’ll make any ‘80s horror buff smile in half-recognition even if they’ve not heard it before. They’re a band who it’s very hard to write multiple reviews for because all their albums are much of a muchness, but they’re all flawlessly executed too, and essential listening for anyone who’s interested in this current horror reissue boom.
It’s arguable they’re the band that triggered this whole horror-synth resurgence - there certainly weren’t as many people doing it in the early 2000s when they started! Buy this and all the other reissues too.
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