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Goblin: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Oct 16 2013

While the band got its start emulating the bombastic sounds of Yes and Genesis, Italian prog-rock outfit Goblin didn't take flight until it was commissioned to score director Dario Argento's 1975 bloody masterwork Profondo Rosso (aka Deep Red). The atmospheric menace of the soundtrack — especially keyboardist Claudio Simonetti's syncopated synth melody and gothic church organ on the indelible title theme — established Goblin as Argento's go-to collaborators and eventually led the band to work with George A. Romero on his 1978 zombie apocalypse sequel Dawn of the Dead. Infighting hampered the band during the '80s, but its mix of foreboding ambience, sinewy Lalo Schifrin-style jazz-funk, and creepy wordless vocals found an audience among record collectors and horror-film freaks in the decades since. A reunited lineup featuring Simonetti, original guitarist Massimo Morante, and keyboard player Maurizio Guarini will unspool Goblin's uneasy-listening hits this week for the band's first-ever U.S. tour.

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