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Claudio Simonetti's Goblin in Manchester live review

Live Review

Venue: Gorilla, Manchester

Claudio Simonetti’s version of Goblin assemble for Dawn of The Dead tribute.

At last count, Italian progsters Goblin have four different line-ups operating under as many different monikers. Claudio Simonetti’s incarnation sees the band’s original keyboardist ally himself with guitarist Bruno Previtali and drummer Titta Tani, and tonight they’ve assembled for a rare live rendition of Goblin’s original Dawn Of The Dead soundtrack as the movie itself is screened. Known as Zombi on its initial Italian release, it was producer and frequent Goblin collaborator Dario Argento who cut the continental version, bringing Simonetti and company in to work on the soundtrack. Tonight’s audience indicates it is clearly in the know, though, by loudly applauding Argento’s opening credit.

As Tani’s pressure-valve kick drum on L’alba Dei Morti Viventi thuds with grim inevitability, Prog’s glad we’ve got Simonetti’s strand of modern Goblin as our hosts. His alternately stabbing and wistful, wandering synth sounds are at the heart of the Zombi soundtrack, ably conveying Argento and Romero’s desired blend of confusion, suspense and dramatic shifts in pace. It’s all the more powerful in person, and through a live sound system those kicks rattle the ribs and invoke a primal reaction.

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