Goblin | Artist

Goblin | Artist

Tags: Era_1970s, Gender_Male, Genre_Prog, Genre_Soundtrack, Origin_Italy, Type_Artist

Goblin is an Italian progressive rock band formed 1972 in Rome by Claudio Simonetti (keyboards), Massimo Morante (guitars), Fabio Pignatelli (bass) and Walter Martino (drums). They were known for their horror film soundtrack work and frequently collaborate with Dario Argento, most notably creating soundtracks for Profondo Rosso (1975) and Suspiria (1977). The foursome originally under the name "Oliver", began recording demo tapes which they took to London, looking for a record contract. The band approached Eddie Offord, the producer of the band Yes, who encouraged the to move to London however unable to secure a recording deal they were forced to return to Italy, due to lack of funds. Back home, they changed their name to "Cherry Five" and signed with Cinevox Records which was mainly in soundtrack publishing. They recorded one self-titled album under the name Cherry Five, before changing their name again to "Goblin" when they began working with film director Dario Agento on his new project "Profondo Rosso". The resulting album was a huge hit for Goblin, selling more than a million copies and remaining 52 weeks on the Italian hit charts, ranking first in both the singles and LP categories. It launched a highly successful period for the band, which came to an end in 1978 when they split after recording Dario Argento's cut of George Romero's film "Zombi", also known as "Dawn of the Dead". The band reformed many times but later fragmented into several different incarnations including New Goblin, Goblin Rebirth, and Simonetti's Goblin. The band's sound blends jazz, prog rock and heavy metal to create their own distinctive musical style. Standout albums include Profondo Rosso, Roller, Suspiria, Zombi, Tenebre and Phenomena. Their debut album Cherry Five is also recommended.

Artist Website: goblinofficial.com

Featured Albums: Goblin

Related Artists: Claudio Simonetti, Cherry Five

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