Housecore Horror Gets Infested by Goblin
Seminal Italian band to perform 'Suspiria' soundtrack live
By Richard Whittaker, 12:32PM, Thu. Apr. 25
The Housecore Horror Film Festival has been threatening to merge music and on-screen mayhem, but now they're unleashing a true sonic cinematic attack: Iconic Italian rockers Goblin will be performing their soul-rending score to Dario Argento's Suspiria live.
Technically, this is New Goblin, which features founding members Massimo Morante on guitar and Claudio Simonetti on keyboards, plus Suspiria-era synth player Maurizio Guarini. They'll be joined by bassist Bruno Previtali and drummer Titta Tani, formerly the rhythm section for Simonetti's post-Goblin project, Daemonia.
The prog-inspired score to Argento's 1977 supernatural shocker is a landmark. It marked the second in a series of musical collaborations between the gory genius and the synth-heavy innovators. And, no surprise, festival co-founder Phil Anselmo could not be happier to be hosting the band's first ever American performance. "All hail the mighty Masters of The Macabre timbres!," he wrote to announce their addition to a heavy, heavy line-up. "Goblin is, in my view, one of the ultimate horror bands in the history of the genre. I still listen to them often, especially on tour. To have Goblin play the Housecore Horror Film Festival is like I'm living in a strange, dark dream, where nothing is quite geometrically correct, but I want to keep delving further while Goblin dirges onward underneath the bleak imagery."
This is the festival's second major live soundtrack coup. Void ov Voices, the solo project of Hungarian black metalers Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar, will be creating a new score for groundbreaking German Expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
They join an already heavy, heavy musical line-up, with sludgedealers Crowbar and EyeHateGod, Dallas thrash supergroup Warbeast and two Anselmo projects – Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, and Down.
On the film side, the first year festival has confirmed appearances by Brazilian horror auteur Coffin Joe; Nekromantik director Jörg Buttgereit; and Jim VanBebber, creator of twisted passion project The Manson Family. Frankly, crowded as the Austin film festival season can get, this is an impressive blood-stained calling card for the gathering of horror hounds.
The Housecore Horror Film Festival runs Oct. 25-27 at the Emo's complex. More info at housecorehorrorfilmfestival.com.