Before last night, Goblin never performed in St. Louis. Until 2013, the Italian prog-giants spent 30+ years touring Europe and scoring horror movie soundtracks without ever stepping foot in the United States. Its first tour, earlier this fall, brought the band to sold-out venues in several major cities, but St. Louis was sadly skipped over. By all accounts, any diehard fan was to travel to Chicago to get their fix, because who the hell knows when (or if) Goblin will return?
Joshua Loyal, the brains behind 2720 Cherokee Street, tossed out a teaser through social media in early July asking bluntly,"Who is ready for GOBLIN to come to STL?" Of course, we at RFT Music plastered those words all across the Internet in hopes that maybe enough people would speak up. The odd cross-section of horror nerds and metal buffs apparently screamed loud enough, because Loyal made good on his word.
Furthermore, Goblin's first tour in the U.S. did so well that it was essentially extended. Smaller cities like St. Louis and Milwaukee weren't left waiting until 2014. The diehards who caught Goblin in Chicago back in October couldn't snidely brag anymore. Last night, fans flocked to 2720 and quickly crowded the stage.
Pittsburgh's Zombi played first, starting with a heavy wash of thick keys before setting up a complex build of sounds behind tight rhythm. The Pittsburgh two-piece makes use of electronic loops generated from multiple synthesizers. Once the foundation is laid, live drums kick in with sharp beats, staying glued to circular melodies.
Certain songs toned down the use of keys with the inclusion of a punchy, gnawing bass. The opposing texture provided depth, and allowed for the band to continue a consistent feed of songs without exhausting the ear with familiar sounds. Zombi sounds like something a modern serial-killer might actually toss on his iPod while sharpening knives for a human filet.
The influence of Goblin on Zombi is evident. The careful progression within songs is soundtrack-esque and the melodies themselves certainly recall the key-based harmonies in many Goblin tracks. DJ MAKossa took the rein between bands. The choice of cuts showed a love for psychedelics, but was especially fitting leading into the main event.
Continue to page two for more of our review.
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