September 2, 2013

Unseen Forces to Release EVIL DEAD ’13 Double LP on 10/31

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A fun bit of music news for fans of Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead remake. Record company Unseen Forces is partnering with Sony to release a double long-play vinyl of Roque Baños’ atmospheric score of the film. Both 140-gram discs come packaged in a full-color gatefold with printed inner sleeves. Limited to just 1,000 copies, the records themselves offer a “splattered colored” aesthetic and hit the streets October 31st of this year.

My issues with Alvarez’s film aside, this was an amazing modern horror score that I’m very much looking forward to revisiting. This is UF’s first OST release, though it sounds like they’re doing it up right. At $25.00, this is an easy buy for me. Click right here if you’d like to get in on pre-order:

EVIL DEAD
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack DLP
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12 Jacket (Gatefold - Two Pocket) [GD30OB2-N]

UNSEEN FORCES is proud to present the complete motion picture soundtrack from Fede Alvarez’s incendiary 2013 reimagining of cult horror masterpiece the EVIL DEAD. Spanish composer Roque Baños dazzles with a crisp modern orchestral score that bows reverently toward such genre classics as Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen Suite, Anton Webern and Krzysztof Penderecki’s creepy string movements from The Exorcist and Joseph LoDuca’s beautifully understated atmospherics for Sam Raimi’s original creation that launched the grisly Kandarian franchise and revolutionized the contemporary horror film with its startling velocity. Anxious purists need not fret. Baños studied music at the Upper Music Conservatory of Murcia and Madrid’s Real Conservatorio Superior before graduating from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, but with EVIL DEAD he steps beyond the jazz influences evidenced in his previous scores. Here the maestro eloquently assumes the role of firestarter, conducting like a pyromaniac invoking the destructive majesty of flame – both demonic and cleansing – with smoldering strings and brass building toward total aural incineration. To that end, he cleverly employs a prominent siren motif that at turns suggests a dreadful fire alarm in slow motion, the nostalgia of an amusement park haunted house attraction and a prodigious yawning door somewhere in the deepest chasm of hell. A thoroughly cinematic experience suffused with sweeping overtures and jarring choral crescendos, Baños has created a dark and vital epic for the ages. DLP pressed to 140gram gore splattered vinyl – with a locked groove for extended terror! – and entombed in a lavish gatefold cover, this gorgeous collection carves through the glut of overblown soundtrack reissues of late like a trusty chainsaw. It is, in a word…“Groovy!”