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By James Whittington, Monday 8th April 2019 Vault of Horror: The Italian Connection Vol.2 Demon Records
Here we go again with another slice of superb sounds with an Italian flavour from Demon Records and let's just say its just as strong as the movies they're culled from.
Starting off with the hazy chill of Savana from Savana Violenta (The Violent World) by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis, we get the chance to experience some of the most wonderful pieces without the graphic images that accompanied them. Make Love on the Wing from Zombie Holocaust is as 70s Euro lounge as you can get, and both these tracks create images of sunsets and calm waters.
It's not long before Fabio Frizzi turns up with the disco infused You Are Not the Same from Lucio Fulci's Contraband, an exploitation thriller that has some eye-watering moments of violence. This up-tempo piece hints at none of that nastiness and is sung by Italian group Cricket. If you want funky Frizzi then Verso L'Alba from City of the Living Dead is for you, a deep bass is mixed with flute and could easily be used if your hobby is hypnotism!
Phenomena is one of Dario Argento's most famous movies and contained on its soundtrack a haunting piece from Bill Wyman, Valley. Eerie and unsettling its layered with echoes and repeated notes that drift into the horizon. Wyman teams up with Terry Taylor for the Opera Theme which takes its lead from the best of Goblin but morphs itself into a plodding yet spiralling electronic trance. Claudio Simonetti's Conquest from Lucio Fulci's movie of the same name is probably the best thing from this film. The film was derided at the time of release but this synthesizer masterclass from the soundtrack makes me want to see it again after quite some time.
Frizzi's Baby Sequenza 1 from Manhattan Baby is an ethereal, grand piece that uses the lower end of the Mellotron to get its message across whereas La Luce from The Antichrist gets the church organ treatment from the legendary Ennio Morricone. Carlo Maria Cordio's Sudden Death from Aenigma is as if the Art of Noise had been allowed to score a Fulci movie, this is not a negative in anyway and is pretty cool.
Roberto Donati's Cannibal Ferox is more of what you'd expect from this collection, more "in-your-face" than most of this collection and a reminder that the movie had more to offer than gut-munching and animal cruelty!
This outstanding collection has stunning artwork by Graham Humphreys and superb sleeve notes by Italian horror expert Alan Jones and comes on 2 x 180G vinyl with CD in replica wallet. The release also includes an exclusive 12" x 12" print of the beautiful sleeve art.
Vault Of Horror: The Italian Connection Vol.2 is a prime selection of often overlooked gems, here's to the Volume 3 arriving very, very soon.
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