Suspiria, (and of course I am referring to Argento’s 1977 cinematic feast for the eyes) is something near and dear to my blackened yet sentimental heart. I’ve watched it many times.. but never… with the score… performed… fuckin’ LIVE. I’m sure some (maybe many), of you have experienced it. As a first-timer, it was a total game changer. Goblin’s soundtrack is so iconic, so strange, so eerie that it is essentially a character in itself. For much of the movie the score is what represents the unseen evil we know is lurking and gunning for young Susie Bannion and anyone who stands in the way of the witchy agenda.
The score as a standalone is already incredible. Being in the room as it is performed live and the film is projected, with the energy of the band and the music crescendoing into an almost madness, created such an anxious deep-seated dread that allowed me to experience an old favorite in an entirely new way. The tension was insurmountable, the scares were bigger, the terror was terrific. And even though I could see Claudio doing the vocals, I just could not get over the chilling nightmare fuel that is the Suspiria score.
After the film, the band also played scores from some other Argento favorites with accompanying film clips – Mother of Tears, Phenomena, Deep Red (Profondo Rosso), Tenebrae and Demons.
Another highlight of the night was a George A Romero tribute. Simonetti dedicated the Dawn of the Dead set to the legendary director as clips from the 1978 classic were projected behind the band. The first song from the score ended on a giant picture of Romero smiling in his notorious thick black frames. And yeah, maybe I got a little choked up.
This incarnation of the band (Simonetti’s Goblin), is made up of Simonetti and members of his band Daemonia. There is also another touring band with 4/5 of the original band members. If you ever have a chance to see the band accompany the film live… DO IT. If you don’t believe me, ask Eli Roth. Roth was in the audience, Simonetti gave him a shout out. Naturally horror icons draw horror icons. And that’s probably the coolest thing about the horror community. Even the titans and the icons are really just fan boys and fan girls at heart.
Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin still has some US tour dates through December, check the band’s facebook page for dates.