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Goblin was an Italian band who were known for their soundtracks on Dario Argento films (e.g. Deep Red of 1975 a.k.a. Profondo Rosso and Suspiria of 1977).

They were initially named Cherry Five and were influenced by Genesis and King Crimson. Their early work spawned one progressive rock record named after the band, until they were called in as replacements for Giorgio Gaslini, who had left the film Profondo Rosso after a conflict with director Dario Argento. They changed their name to Goblin and rewrote most of the score, including the famous main theme. The film, and the soundtrack album, were huge hits.

A reshuffle in their line-up followed, and then an progressive rock album Roller, before they got the chance to work with Argento again for Suspiria. The score’s nerve-jangling sounds and bizarre vocals have since become legendary. Other film soundtracks and a (Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark) followed, then the score for the European version of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Despite their success, more members of the band left. The line-up was altered again, but this time they struggled to maintain their credibility. What was left of the band continued to work on further soundtracks, but there was a partial reunification for Argento’s Tenebrae (1982) (although they were credited separately, not as Goblin).

In 2000, the group reformed to score the new Dario Argento thriller entitled Nonhosonno (Sleepless). After over 22 years of absence, their return was spectacular. The soundtrack was a great success and showed the group could still compose after such a long time apart, much to the fans delight.

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  • Gaiavoth

    GIALLO MUSIC !

    8 Jul 3:19pm Reply
  • CrypticManatee

    Phenomenal live band, I saw Simonetti's Goblin live last night.

    14 Jun 10:00am Reply
  • DerClon

    rrrrrrroadburn

    21 Apr 10:36pm Reply
  • CyberMusicLover

    Had it never been for the Movie, Suspiria, I never would have discovered this awesome and very chilling Band.

    17 Apr 4:22pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    Ардженто -мой любимый режиссер, а эти ребята просто мастера создания соответствующего фильму настроения (ну и профессиональные масоны, естессна). разве что саунд к отечественному Шерлоку холмсу может побороться у меня за звание лучшего саундтрека всех времен с их дорожкой к "суспирии"

    28 Feb 5:40am Reply
  • dr_bun

    SEEING THEM IN BRISTOL TOMORROW WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    24 Feb 4:12pm Reply
  • lailamb

    Rediscovering my love

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Bizon

    @AbysmalShawn - actually, i just discovered them through a link posted by somebody in the comment box of one of steven wilson's compositions. the link was to dr. frankenstein and i just dloaded the entire 'roller' album :) listening to it for the first time now and i already know i want this album on cd if i can get hold of it anywhere :)

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Speedmetal80s

    Profondo rosso, one of my favorite movies

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Cabal999

    Goblin to perform music from "Suspiria" live in Belfast - 15th August. https://belfastfilmfestival.ticketsolve.com/shows/873496730/events

    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AbysmalShawn

    did anyone discover this band through means other than Suspiria or Opeth? :P not I

    24 Jun 2013 Reply
  • giuliayork

    I should have heard about this band before...

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • crownanchor

    One of the coolest Italian bands ever:)

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jazzybearclawz

    Also- the bands legit pictures were posted on different websites linked from the pollstar, it wasn't like it was a different band "miscommunication" type thing. Whoever posted it certainly meant GOBLIN- the Italian horror band... There was even the description of them. Just no tickets available and I'm really trying to figure out why it was listed in the first place

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jazzybearclawz

    Is anyone aware of the goblin show listed on pollstar for Brooklyn tomorrow night (June 7th).. I'm googling like crazy and I hope it isn't a mistake. I called the bar they're supposedly playing at twice but the girl who answered had no idea about it for whatever fucking reason.. I'm really confused and excited...

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • negation_state

    adam - The only thing I can recommend if you haven't already is to check out the Ennio Morricone soundtrack to Lizard in a Woman's Skin. It's about as close as I've found really.

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    I really love this band and the dario argento films they are associated with, surly one of if not their greatest piece is the track entilted goblin from the roller album.....

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • Tricksta_P

    Did you guys know that Goblin is Nilbog spelled backwards?

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • missionair

    have you heard Morte Macabre, solo Nicklas Barker stuff and Anima Morte? Zombie Zombie also make music inspired by classic horror scores.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    Does anyone know any good bands that resemble Goblin? At the top of my head, there is Zombi, Traditionalists ("Le Mani Destre Recise Degli Ultimi Uomini" is a soundtrack to a fake giallo), Giallo Flame, Conspirators, Point Line Plane... and I suppose avant-prog/rock in opposition bands like Dun and Ahvak resemble Goblin too. I'm not looking for similar film composers (though I do love me some Frizzi), just bands... proggy, bass and synth driven mainly.. thanks.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
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