On October 27th, at Fairmount Theatre, Italian horror movie soundtrack heroes, Goblin paid a second visit to our fair city of Montreal, (if we do not take into account original member Claudio Simonetti’s own tour) and they entertained, once more, an attentive crowd.
Since the 1970s the band has changed personnel, dissolved, and reformed multiple times. This time Montreal was lucky to receive an (almost complete) original lineup, including Massimo Morante (guitar), Agostino Marangolo (drums), Maurizio Guarini (keyboards), Fabio Pignatelli (bass), and Aidan Zammit (keyboards). Core member Claudio Simonetti was still absent…
Fitting for a Halloween weekend, the show opened with the sound of a scary scream. Accompanied by looped horror film footage on the screen behind them, the quintet kicked things off with Killer on a Train (from Dario Argento’s Non Ho Sonno, 2001). A string of newer songs, including In The Name of Goblin (from the 2015 Four of a Kind CD), eventually gave way to the classics. From their non-soundtrack classic album, Roller (1976), the jazzy prog-rock Dr. Frankenstein felt contemporary more than forty years after its first incarnation. Despite all being in their 60s ( Zamit being the youngest member at 52), these guys still rock. And what they offer is pure musical perfection instead of showy stage antics. Morante spent most of his time sitting in a chair eternally focused on his guitar, which hardly matters since the music is so great.
Some of the high points of the evening included the main themes from Buio Omega (Joe D’Amato, 1979), Tenebre (Dario Argento, 1982) and Profondo Rosso (Argento, 1975). But Goblin received the loudest cheers for the all-time favorite, the main theme of Suspiria (Argento, 1977). Preceded by the creepy, Witch from the same movie’s score, Suspiria was the obvious way to end any Goblin performance.