Back in November, I had the distinct pleasure of
Con 2000 in Tarrytown, NY. I first heard rumors of this show while
attending the Fango show in NYC earlier this year and I hate to admit
it, but I was very skeptical about the possibility of a Goblin reunion.
I thought to myself, if Phil at Creature
Feature Video could pull this off he would be a god in my little
horror world. As the month went by the additions of Ruggero Deadato,
David Hess, Gunnar Hansen, and Sergio Stivaletti help to further perk my
So a few weeks before the show, I
finally decide "what the f**k". I was sure I would
have have a ball either way and if Goblin did show up...
BONUS!!!! As I arrived in Tarrytown, word was already
circulating that a disagreement between the members of Goblin had
led to them backing out of the show (read all the gory details here),
but founding member (ever honorable and highly talented) Claudio
Simonetti was able to convince his new band DAEMONIA
to run the gauntlet and headline Saturday night's festivities.
Before I knew it, Saturday night
was quickly upon me and I was already three sheets to the wind
when the warm-up bands began their sets. I really didn't have a
chance to listen to the first two bands, because I was way too
busy running back and forth to the bar. I was also helping Bob
Murawski from GRINDHOUSE RELEASING who was preparing to record the
audio commentary for the upcoming DVD release of Cannibal
Holocaust with Ruggero Deadato and Robert Kerman.
As the night wore on and my buzz continued to grow, I was
really getting psyched up to see what DAEMONIA
could delivery. See as word had it, they had just released
their first album (a tribute to Dario Argento) in Italy, so
they were definitely already well-versed in the works of
Goblin. As the lights went dim and the true sounds of terror
filled the smoky basement of this little out of the way hotel, I
knew I was in for the experience of a lifetime. I never imagined
or truly believed that I would have the opportunity to hear some
of the most haunting music ever to grace the world of
horror....LIVE. Sure the music to Psycho
and The Exorcist is magical, but
nothing compares to that brought to life by Goblin and the
experience and atmosphere were modified ten fold seeing it
performed right before my eyes.
So with a special thanks to Phil
Palmieri (for the opportunity), Claudio Simonetti and DAEMONIA
Murawski (for the video), I present you with a sampling of DAEMONIA
raising from the dead the masterful works of Goblin.
to hear DAEMONIA perform
the themes from these films live.
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