Posts Tagged ‘Zombi’

Album of the Day: Zombi – Anthology

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Praise for Zombi‘s Anthology from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Thanks Relapse, you’ve been doin’ some great reissue work lately, this is one of several old faves we’re listing this week that you’ve brought back (see also Bedemon and Pan-Thy-Monium). We originally listed this on CD only, which was super limited, way back in 2005, since then we’re sure there’s been many more Zombi fans minted who would love to dig into this, especially now that it’s on vinyl too.

Zombi - Anthology

Here’s our original review:

Before the Pittsburgh instrumental post-rock duo Zombi were into John Carpenter soundtracks, they were really REALLY into John Carpenter soundtracks! So this Zombi Anthology proves. Hopefully, you already know these guys from their debut CD on Relapse, Cosmos, that we reviewed (and recommended) as a highlight on one of our lists last year.

We sold a ton of ’em, so when we made the reissue of John Carpenter‘s Escape From New York soundtrack our Record Of The Week a few weeks ago, we stressed that anyone into Zombi should own some Carpenter. Likewise, if you like John Carpenter soundtracks, you should definitely check out Zombi if you haven’t already. On cue, here’s both of Zombi‘s pre-Cosmos releases put together on one CD! First, there’s the eight tracks of their 2002 self-titled disc, originally released by the band in a limited edition of 150 copies. It’s mostly all electronic, with drum machine instead of live drums.

Zombi admit the major Carpenter and Fabio Frizzi soundtrack influence on this one, and it’s so obvious from the stark, quietly menacing droning synthwork and ticking drum machine percussion, oozing with horror film atmosFEAR. Their second release, the Twilight Sentinel EP (200 copies, released in 2003 for a tour with Daughters) developed their sound further towards actual loud “rock” music by adding live drums and bass guitar.

On the four songs of that EP anthologized here, they continue to channel Carpenter and other scary soundtrack masters but get proggier and mathier and more rockin’, coming closer to the space-metal, post-rock version of Goblin you hear on their Cosmos album. There is a hint of ‘80s cheesiness but that’s the idea. Kitschy yet creepy. We love it. And beware of the hidden bonus track (a funky, fusiony synth sizzler “with vocals”, probably a cover of something we don’t know) – which may or may not be on the new vinyl, we didn’t check…

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The Cinematic Feel of Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014

The 20th edition of Roadburn, set for April 9 – 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands, is going to be a treat for those who love soundtracks (and screenings). In addition to Sólstafir performing an instrumental soundtrack to Hrafn Gunnlaugsson’s Hrafninn Flýgur (When The Raven Flies), and […]

Album of the day: Steve Moore – Light Echoes

Posted on Friday, November 9th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: Keyboard player Steve Moore is one half of the synth / prog duo Zombi, and here he is with his debut solo album for Cuneiform Records titled Light Echoes. Now normally I’m not the biggest fan of these epic scaled space rock / synth […]

Album of the day: Majeure – Solar Maximum

Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Praise for Majeure‘s Solar Maximum from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Prepare to be soothed and elated. Here’s the second album from Majeure, aka A.E. Paterra, one half of Zombi. (FYI, the other half of Zombi, Steve Moore, also has a new solo album out, Light Echoes on Cuneiform). Any longtime […]

Album of the day: Steve Moore & Majeure – Brainstorm

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Consequence of Sound: If you chop a band in half, are they necessarily still of that same band? Steve Moore and Majeure (a.k.a. Anthony Paterra) are better known as members of Pittsburgh space rockers Zombi, and while much of this split EP sounds largely similar to the […]

Album of the day: Roadburn HQ Favorite Albums of 2011

Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Many excellent records came out in 2011. We don’t pretend to be arbiters of taste, we just think it’s fun to share which albums rocked our worlds, soothed our souls, lifted our spirits or otherwise burrowed into our systems this year. Of course, in addition to occupying our turntables, many […]

Album of the day: Zombi – Escape Velocity

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: The years with Relapse have seen Zombi rise from the fog of obscurity by way of touring and side & solo projects — add to that a fan base that continues to swell with every beat and undulation. The ranks consist of film score […]