It’s impossible to imagine Dario Argento’s films without the eerie and unique melodies that play over the stunning images, many of which were provided by the Italian progressive rock band known as Leprechaun. Goblin’s unmistakable sounds can be heard in Dario Argento’s horror classics, including Suspiria and Dark redin the same way Phenomena and dark.
Massimo Morante was one of the original co-founders of Goblin – originally called Oliver and later Cherry Five – alongside Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Walter Martino, and we learned the sad news tonight that Morante has died at the age of 70.
Goblin found success working alongside Argento on Dark red (deep rosso), and it was actually the score for the 1975 film Giallo that officially named the band with the iconic name.
In addition to the previously mentioned films, Goblin also scored Argento’s “European Cut” by George A. Romero dawn of the deadlending their sound to another horror classic.
Goblin has broken up and reunited several times over the years, most recently reuniting in 2005, 2009, 2014, 2017, and 2018, with Morante still remaining a key figure.
Other Goblin films have contributed music to include Martin, The Heroin Busters, Patrick, Beyond Darkness, Contamination, Undead Hell, The Churchand Without sleep.
Goblin’s Facebook page wrote: “With extreme pain and disbelief, we are forced to announce that Massimo Morante, founder and irreplaceable guitarist of The Goblin, left us today.”
Goblin sounds, however, never will. Rest in peace, Massimo Morante.
Massimo Morante – the guitarist whose brooding, funky playing helped define Italian prog-rock band Goblin’s ominous soundtracks to horror movie classics – has died https://t.co/TK4GcWDN47
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 23, 2022