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Black vinyl repress LP on Death waltz. Edition of 400 copies housed inside a 425gsm gloss varnished gatefold jacket with all new art by Luke Insect.

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Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue by Giuliano Sorgini
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9/10 ReviewBot3000 05 September 2012

Death Waltz’s joyous romp through the vaults of classic horror soundtracking’s latest target is Giuliano Sorgini’s score to Jorge Grau’s The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue, a cult ‘70s Italian zombie splatterfest set to the backdrop of glorious northern England. I’ve never seen the film myself sadly, although this soundtrack very much makes me want to, opening with some warm ‘70s psych-funk bounce before heading out into a nightmarescape of queasy synth drift and eerie neoclassicism populated by unsettling voices, shivering strings and nervous woodwind and funereal Hammond and touches of haunted electronics.

According to the liner notes the score was recorded in three days, with the bulk of it played live in real time to a projected image, and I think it benefits from that sense of immediacy, particularly in the more sparse, drifty bits where that humanity really keeps it engaging. Towards the end the pieces become more melodic and densely arranged before closer ‘Manchester M2 6LD’ brings us back to the psych-funk styles of the opener but with more of a spooked-out, almost voodoo feel this time. Death Waltz are bang on the money once again. I look forward to tracking down the film.


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