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Calling Goblin a prog rock band would be entirely misleading, considering their dedication to making instrumental music that pulled jazz, European folk and piercingly loud organ Baroque into its orbit. Goblin were, if anything, the perfect soundtrack band, using their symphonic soundscaping to score tonnes of films, including the ten that 'Beyond The Darkness 1977-2001' shows off. After years broken up, they even reunited to score the film 'Non Ho Sonno', because this was clearly the biggest crisis modern cinema had ever faced. Listen to 'Beyond The Darkness' and be creeped out to your heart's content.

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Beyond The Darkness 1977-2001 by Goblin
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6/10 Robin 11 September 2014

Kickstarter didn't exist back in 1984, I'm sad to report, so there wasn't an easy way to get super geeky and very synth-heavy prog rock bands to reunite (I am assuming that's what Kickstarter is used for now; I'm wondering why Camel haven't released a new album yet). That said, the electronic-funk-prog-rock 'n' rollers Goblin were all about the reunion, climbing out of their coffin and coming back to life whenever a new horror movie needed scoring. 'Beyond the Darkness' is just one of the many, many, many films they provided the music to, and while this compilation CD takes its name from that scary flick, it actually mashes up a whole bunch of works they made from 1977 onwards. That hopefully explains why it goes from sonorous keyboard solos to bass grooves to, like, bongo drumming. That would be a very confused film.

The music on 'Beyond the Darkness' proves just how many different sounds Goblin were interested in soaking in, and also gives you an idea of the band's many different incarnations of the years. While most of these tunes sound dated and somewhat lost without their filmic context, there are some nuggets, especially when things get eclectic: when you hear an organ chord or two thrown in against a funk jam, it all seems worth it. "Amo Non Amo" comes from nowhere, too, bringing in trembling guitar riffs and tropical percussion as if it's all the same. The sequencing on this thing is pretty terrible, but that's only because Goblin never stayed in one place for long enough to make anything coherent. These laser-beam keyboard tunes sound like early Genesis with the suppressed production values of Gentle Giant and the unabashed fusion vibe of Yes. So if you like prog rock, you're in for a treat. I can't vouch for the movies, though.


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