Prepare for the Halloween season, with Factmag’s list of the 100 greatest Horror soundtracks

If capitalism and it’s necessary corollary, consumerism (or maybe, vice versa), can keep pushing the Xmas season further out, I say we do the same for Halloween. Halloween: it’s not just a night anymore. Star the holiday season off right and check out Factmag for a diverse list of scary scores to get you in the mood. While, as with any such list, you can gripe about omissions, inclusions (actually, I have no complaint with any inclusion here), placement, etc, it’s still a great list that covers a wide berth. As someone who watches alotta Horror, and has a particular fondness for the soundtracks, the Factmag list kept surprising me with some truly obscure. and fantastic, selections, and has prompted me to check out some more modern sounds in the field (not that I haven’t been enjoying many of the new composers/bands that have been arising, already).

Horror soundtracks are currently enjoying an unprecedented level of interest, with numerous labels (Waxwork, Death Waltz, One Way Static, and others) currently releasing these soundtracks, some reissued, but many legitimately pressed for the first time. Not only that, you have a whole new crew of musicians and composers/producers dedicated to playing these vintage sounds. Artists and bands like Umberto, Brian Reitzell, Zombi, Nightcrawler and Crypt Vapor are introducing this genre to a whole new legion of fans. It’s also tremendously gratifying to see that originators like Goblin, Fabio Frizzi and now John Carpenter (his first live performance EVER is at ATP in Iceland, 2016!!!) performing for excited fans of a wide age range.

Without further ado, here’s Factmag’s list
http://www.factmag.com/2014/10/28/the-100-greatest-horror-soundtracks/
And interviews with the heads of the three labels mentioned above
http://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/articles/62-horror-movies/8076-the-revenge-of-the-vinyl-horror-soundtrack
A favorite, from a composer who I absolutely love, that I was pleasantly surprised to see included, proving the broad scope of sounds that fall into this category.

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Fans of 80’s Synth Giallo/Horror Soundtracks will love Nightcrawler’s new release, Strange Shadows

Beautiful 2x 7″, saw blade shaped gray vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, limited to 500 copies and already sold out at the source, though Light In The Attic still has copies. Five original tracks, and a remix from modern horror maestro, Umberto, on one of the premier labels for both modern and vintage Horror soundtrackery, One Way Static Records. As a huge fan of the original wave of Synth Horror soundtracks, I’m psyched on all the labels/producers that are bringing it back via reissues (and many vintage recordings never previously available), and new recordings paying tribute to that unmistakable sound.

http://lightintheattic.net/releases/2012-strange-shadows