Often regarded as one of John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's greatest scores, 'Prince Of Darkness' is an essential soundtrack for all you lovers of spooky synth music and horror films. Packed with 80s synth-riffing and a bit of Carpenter's trademark DIY eeriness, the score perfectly complements the bizarre supernatural horror film. 

Limited Vinyl LP £29.99 DW6RP

Limited edition green coloured vinyl reissue LP on Death Waltz. Produced and remastered by Alan Howarth, with artwork by Sara Deck and sleeve notes by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth.

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Prince Of Darkness by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
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8/10 Brian 14 September 2012

I'm a bit cynical about all these expensive vinyl soundtracks hitting our racks all of a sudden but that's because I usually find that incidental music intended for a film, but taken out of the context of the story, can often lessen the overall effect and artistic intention......I dunno, there are soundtrack obsessives all over the world but I think It's like snatching away a baby lamb whilst it's suckling its mother and throwing it into a dark quarry. This OST to one of Carpenter's strangest and weirdly enjoyable films is a gem however, mainly because his music sounds like no-one else's (apart from the recent output from all the young - and not-so-young - hipster musos who've been wrestling with this and their equal love for the pomposity and grandeur of Goblin, a band I loathe and admire in equal measure.


John Carpenter and studio whizz Alan Howarth always manage to forge something very tangible and masterful within their chilling sound-webs that truly evokes a sense of impending terror and bristling tension. I've always been amazed at Carpenter's DIY ethos, usually born of budget restraints but after a while, regardless of success and the consequential outside investment he probably realised "a Carpenter film ain't a Carpenter film without the Carpenter sound". And for that I'm very thankful as I must have watched ten-twelve of his movies at least over the years (mostly in the eighties!) and they're all branded onto my memory, such is their vivid character and visceral impact.

If you're reading this and expecting more comments as regards the synths/drum machines he used and the structure/flow of the pieces herein, I have three pieces of advice - A/ Go check a proper nerd site out, we just sell these things, we're not here to dissect them from every angle B/ Watch the film, if you're currently unacquainted It's a cracked, eerie gem with shades of Hellraiser & The Excorcist C/ If you're reading this and don't know what John Carpenter music sounds like then go back to 'B' and get an education, and what decade were you spawned from anyway?

8/10 Dave Customer rating (no review), 19th April 2019



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