This lot have supported Italian horror soundtrack legends Goblin and that will give you a fair idea of what they are up to. This is that rare breed, haunting Theremin-led post-prog and dark cosmic dance culminating in a terrifying concoction ideal for scaring yourself at Halloween. This comes out on Twisted Nerve Australia which is a branch of Andy Votel's famous UK label.
5/10 Robin Staff review, 06 November 2014
Are y'all excited for Halloween 2015? We're starting early here, readying our pumpkins -- which we like to keep all year 'round (because decay and gone-off foodstuffs are very spooky) -- and ghost stories about the time that the mail trolley turned into a giant cat and ate everyone. That was a bad time, I’ll admit, but we made it, and the blood stains are pretty cool. I’m not really feeling in the spooky spirit yet, though, because I’m listening to the Night Terrors ‘Pavor Nocturnus’, which is about as scary as the zombie level on Simpsons Hit & Run.
The Night Terrors make the kind of screeching organ prog you’d attribute to their ancestors Goblin -- overlords of the film soundtrack -- who encouraged them to always play their instruments as if they’re screaming. Actually, there’s one point where I can’t tell if it’s the organ or an opera singer, but either way: it’s popping off.
Tellingly, the back cover for ‘Pavor Nocturnus’ has an entire section dedicated to text about the organ the record was centred around -- the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, notorious for being “the loudest instrument” for miles and miles around the city. I’ll give them that: ‘Pavor Nocturnus’ is as loud as Michael Gira eating crisps. If you like your prog rock loud, symphonic and hilarious even to ascetic church types, then ‘Pavor Nocturnus’ is forty-three minutes of bliss. I’m not convinced though. To para-phrase Billy Joe: wake me up in October?
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