Fabio Frizzi

The Beyond [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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This surprisingly lush and gorgeous soundtrack provided the score to a gruesome Italian horror film about the gory goings-on at a Louisiana house built over one of the seven doors to hell. Despite this grim subject, the film's Fabio Frizzi score presents an elegant combination of traditional orchestrations and ornate, electric prog rock instrumentation. Much of the film's music centers on variations around a few central themes. "Verso L'Ignoto" and "Suono Aperto," playing during the film's subtler, more atmospheric moments, involve the former's cue building from a gentle but ominous piano riff into a complex orchestral instrumental full of plucked strings and ghostly sounding mellotron riffs, and the latter highlighting pretty flute and acoustic guitar melodies against a lush backdrop of yearning strings. For the more shocking scenes, "Sequenza Ritmica E Tema" and "Voci Dal Nulla" are used: the first tune layers a series of ever more intense keyboard shadings over a surprisingly funky bass riff and the second intertwines ominous vocal harmonies and serpentine keyboard riffs until it explodes into an ominous display of full-blooded, The Omen-styled Latin chants. Each of the themes balances orchestral grandeur with rock-styled motifs that stick in the memory. The end product feels like a collaboration between Ennio Morricone and Goblin because it effectively synthesizes the gentle melodicism of Morricone with the prog rock blood and thunder of Goblin. As a result, The Beyond is bound to appeal to Italian soundtrack fans and prog rock fans alike. Its distinctively dark yet melodic tone also makes it worthy of investigation for fans of gothic rock. In short, The Beyond is a great fusion of rock and orchestral stylings for anyone who appreciates spooky music.

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