Reissue of Mort Garson's cult 1971 occult synth fantasy 'Black Mass'. Blackened timbres meet trippy modulations from the dark side of the Moog. Reissued on
Recommended for fans of BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Ghostbox, Stelvio Cipriani, Death Waltz, John Carpenter, Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, early Italian library music/ horror synth soundtracks etc.
Limited Vinyl LP £17.99 SBR3033LPC1
Limited edition pink vinyl LP on Sacred Bones. Remastered from the original master tapes.
- Coloured vinyl
- Limited edition
Vinyl LP £16.99 SBR3033LP
Black vinyl LP on Sacred Bones. Remastered from the original master tapes.
Vinyl LP £20.99 BMR 06
Limited 180g vinyl, official reissue LP on Black Mass Rising. Edition of 500 copies.
- Includes download code
Well, if the words: "Mort Garson -- 1971 -- Modular synth -- official -- reissue -- limited edition of 500" aren't enough to excite you, how about this: "UK -- exclusive!" Piqued your interest? Well, I'm sitting up; but I have to -- we're not allowed to review records here at NR any other way. Not that I'm aware of. Anyway, we're all pretty excited, even now that the post has gone.
So, 'Lucifer' then. Trippy? Why yes. Satanic? Um, I'll get back to you on that one. Melodic and surprisingly pretty synth oscillations with a few quiet moments -- pauses, I think they're known as -- and spooky moog. I do love a spooky moog. Track 3, 'Incubus', even has a slightly muffled female voice groaning and panting away; whether in agony or ecstasy I wouldn't like to say, although if I were to hazard a guess I'd probably say both. 'Black Mass' oscillates ominously, with some evil noodles sprinkled o'er top. It's frenetically paced and pretty groovy. 'The Evil Eye' has some BBC Radiophonic Workshop type atmosphere, before descending into something altogether more Italian-horror-film-soundtrack scary.
Flipping over the record reveals manic synths attempting to exorcise some light demonettes, on 'Exorcism'; music for creeping around on tiptoe in the dark to on 'The Philosopher's Stone', the soundtrack to conjuring up the ghosts of your dear departed ones on 'Voices of the Dead (The Medium)' and the faintly ridiculous, unscary but still interesting timbres on remaining two tracks; 'Witch Trial' with its syncopated wobbliness and a brief tremolo on closing track 'ESP'. It's actually all pretty delightful.
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