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HALLOWEEN ISSUE 2012
Enjoy our frightful Halloween issue!
This is a stop-motion tribute / recreation of John Carpenter’s The Thing, done in very, very, high-quality stop-motion. It features G.I. Joe figures as well as a little live video and digital special effects. The “soundtrack” is Zombie Zombie’s Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free, making this more-or-less a music video.
Quite similar in name and style to another duo called Zombi, this is retro rock with a style inspired by 70s and 80s horror movie soundtracks. Mostly consisting of acoustic drums, electric guitar, and lots of analog synth, this is a purely instrumental affair. The music is pretty derivative, although perfectly executed for what it aspires to be: Just some good old fashioned vintage ghoulish fun.
For fans of Goblin, Claudio Simonetti, Gatekeeper, Zombi (both the music group and the movies), John Carpenter, and 80s Hasbro toys.
If you’re listening to Gatekeeper for the first time ever, the instant reaction is “John Carpenter.” The next thought will be “this rocks.” Because Gatekeeper does rock.
Optimus Maximus is a four song EP of horror inspired, instrumental EBM with a driving beat and a soundtrack style. Retro and dark synth magic abounds on this release by Chicago duo, Gatekeeper. Fat and sweeping leads whoosh to-and-fro, while vintage drum machines pound out resonant tom fills. Female voices straight out of old Italian horror movies beckon you into the foggy twilight.
One of the most satisfying things about this EP is that, although Gatekeeper’s music is a throwback to the 70s and 80s, there’s a modern sensibility and production present that keeps things from being a stale and banal exercise in atavism. Yes, there are elements of disco, 80s horror soundtracks, and touches of Goblin, but there is so much more than just imitation going on here. It avoids slow atmospheric brooding for the most part, and drops straight into danceable EBM grooves. In fact, I would say that EBM is what’s under-pinning the whole album, with darkly throbbing basslines and propellant kick drums. It would seem Gatekeeper have taken retro-horror soundtracks, distilled them, then reworked them with a sinister DJ sensibility. The result is a perfect horror score for the dance floor.
In short, Gatekeeper has taken everything you ever loved about Claudio Simonetti, John Carpenter, and Front 242, and packed it into sixteen minutes worth of extremely well-crafted songs. If music has been feeling a little dull and uninspiring to you lately, then do yourself a favor. Listen to this now.
Check out the video for the track “Optimus Maximum” below. Watch out for the clips of Kenneth Anger’s “Invocation of My Demon Brother” sneaked in there.
Fright Records has made the EP available at kompakt.fm
WEIRD TALES OF TERROR!
Horrific was a Golden Age comic published by Comic Media between 1952 – 1954. Like many other horror comics from that era, Horrific was a simple anthology of pulp stories, usually presented in a “four per issue” format.
There were 13 issues in the series, and issues 4-11 are available below.