Turntable Of Terror



This band is the epitome of Horror and Metal. They are Finnish legends LORDI!! This band of larger than life characters dressed from head to toe in leather and latex, not only perform songs influenced by the horror and monster movies of the 70’s and 80’s but pretty much live and breathe the genre entirely. The brainchild of Tomi  Petteri Putaansuu, an incredibly talented graphic designer, special effects make up artist, musician and songwriter, he not only created his persona, Mr.Lordi-the Biomechanic Man, but envisaged an entire band of monsters complete with background stories and costumes to bring to life his dream.  Now you may roll your eyes when you hear their name, their style of slightly cheesy, uninhibited good ol’ fashioned 80’s style Shock Rock may not be to your liking but you cannot deny how serious they are about horror movies. Their career has spanned two decades, they have recorded eight studio albums and they have been involved in two movies and a documentary. There have been many triumphs and tragedies along the way, we all remember them winning the Eurovision song contest in 2006 with the brilliant “Hard Rock Hallelujah” but there is so much more to this band then that. They are by no means a one hit wonder they are true SuperMonstars and here is an insight into their career.

A life long heavy Metal fan, Tomi started Lordi as a solo project in 1992 when he was 18. He idolised Kiss and became chairman of Kiss Army Finland’s fan club. It was through his love of Kiss and his obsession with horror and monster movies that he met Amen-The Mummified Pharaoh (Jussi Sydanmaa) on Guitar, G Stealer-The Alien Man Beast (Sami Keinanen) on Bass and Enary-The Valkyrie (Erna Inari Kaarina Siikavirta) on Keyboards and started the first band incarnation of Lordi. Their first album Bend Over & Pray The Lord, recorded in 1999 went unreleased due to their label going bankrupt; it featured a midi drum track as they were without a Drummer at the time. The band has encountered many a line up change over the years with only Mr. Lordi and Amen being constants. The first to go was G Stealer who was replaced by Magnum-The Cyborg (Sami Wolking) on Bass but they did get a Drummer. Kita (Sampsa Astala) who loved G Stealers Alien Man Beast theme so much he got Mr. Lordi to design him a new take on the character. At least now they were complete and could really start to get serious. In 2002 they signed to Bertelsmann Music Group (Or BMG) and released their first genre defining single “Would You Love a Monsterman” complete with full on classic horror monster video. With their familiar feeling of balls out uncomplicated, heavy blended Rock N Roll they keep their backline solid with strong, unfussy guitar and electro industrial style keyboard, with Mr. Lordi’s penchant for the odd pun both lyrically and in the song and album titles this is their recipe for success.  Their songs are a lot of fun but they leave room for the odd love song and positive songs about living your life against adversity, bullying and just being yourself. Their albums follow a similar pattern of quite a few heavy but fun numbers mostly about monsters, horror icons and cannibalism with a few slower more ballardy type songs thrown in.

Get Heavy was released in Nov 2002 and along with “Would You Love a Monsterman” there are some classic song titles including “Biomechanic Man” a song based on Mr. Lordis character. “ Rock The Hell Outta You” and “Monster, Monster”. The other single from this being “The Devil Is A Loser” with the chorus line “ The Devil is a loser and he’s my bitch”.  Get Heavy went platinum in 2003 and went multi platinum in 2006. The success was short lived for some and Bass player Magnum left the band and was replaced by Kalma-The Motor biker Zombie (Niko Hurme also known as Nick Gore).

Their second album called The Monsterican Dream  was released in 2004, to co-inside with the release all band members had their costumes revamped which became something they have done on every release since. This is my personal favourite album of theirs as it contains a brilliant array of themes throughout, containing some very memorable and catchy, fun songs such as “Blood Red Sandman”, “Bring It On (The Raging Hounds Return)” and “Fire In The Hole”. It also has a wonderful piano driven instrumental “Magistra Nocte” (hats off to Enary for this one) leading into the final track which is an ode to their Bassist entitled “Kalmageddon”. The special edition of The Monsterican Dream features the bands first dabble into the film industry with their short film The Kin (review here).

An album called The Monster Show was also in the pipeline at the same time which was basically devised to showcase Lordi in the US. Released by Sanctuary Records it’s a compilation of the best tracks from Get Heavy and The Monsterican Dream. It was published in 2005 during their European “Monstour” as they called it.

The tour and subsequent recording of their third album took its toll on the band and they said farewell to Kalma and Enary. They were replaced by Ox-The Hellbull (Samer el Nahhal) on Bass and Awa- The Ghost Witch (Leena Maria Peisa) on Keyboard. 2006-2008 was probably the crowning moment of their career to date. The Arockalypse was released at the start of May 2006 and on May the 20th they performed on and won the Eurovision Song Contest for Finland with their single “Hard Rock Hallelujah” from that album. Small bit of trivia for you, not only were they the first Finnish group to win the contest but are also still the only Hard Rock band to win ever! This is probably their most popular/mainstream album that (with the acclaim of the Eurovision win) threw them into the public eye and got them noticed around the world. The Arockalypse features guests such as Dee Snider and Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister) and Udo Dirkschnieider (Accept) on various tracks and boasts a fantastic array of marvellous songs. Ones to look out for, as well as “Hard Rock Hallelujah”, are the anthemic opener “Bringing Back The Balls To Rock”, the playful “The Deadite Girls Gone Wild” and “Who’s Your Daddy?”. One of my all time favourite tracks is called “The Kids Who Wanna Play With The Dead” it tries to shed some light on why metal and horror fans are considered different from the norm and humorously speculates ways in which we turned out this way. They also re-released “Would You Love A Monsterman” with a brand new video shot in a similar vein to a new movie they were starring in called Dark Floors which was released in 2008.

Album number four, Deadache, had a very tough job of living up to its predecessor and, in my opinion, does a very good job of it! A familiar sounding Lordi offering dripping in horror references with song titles such as “Man Skin Boots”, “The Ghosts of the Heceta Head” and “Monsters Keep Me Company”. The track “Devil Hides Behind Her Smile” features an organ intro from The Phantom Of The Opera. “The Rebirth Of The Countess” showcases the talents of Awa’s keyboard playing and “Missing Miss Charlene” has guest vocals of a children’s choir. There are five versions of Deadache all with different bonus tracks. They went all out to promote this album and it was marketed globally, as was The Arockalypse but unfortunately because of this it made a loss and they were, once again, struggling both within the band and especially financially.

In true Lordi style though they did not let it bring them down and fifth studio album Babez For Breakfast was released in 2010. This album was deliberately made to be less serious than Deadache; the first single was “This Is Heavy Metal” is a classic catchy Lordi signature track in the same vein as “Bringing Back The Balls To Rock”. There are some comedic/cheesy gems such as “ZombieRawkMachine”, “I’m Bigger Than You” and “Nonstop Night”. The anthem of the album is definitely  “Give Your Life For Rock N Roll” the mantra of Mr. Lordi. The release of this album was probably the only good thing to happen to them for the next year or so, as soon after, Kita left to pursue a solo career, they replaced him with Otus-The Butcher (Tonmi Lillman) but the bands popularity after their Eurovision success was flailing and their album sales were diving. During this time Mr. Lordi enlisted the help of director friend Antti Haase to follow the band and record a documentary of life for Lordi after Eurovision. With Antti in tow they did a brief tour of Europe to break in Otus, so to speak and try to generate some more income. Mr. Lordi also went down the route of popular reality TV and took part in Finnish TV series “Kuorosota” or “Clash of the Choirs” as it is known over here and he came so close but unfortunately did not win. Because of his involvement with Clash of the Choirs the band only managed to play a few festivals. It was a few days after they had played a local festival that news came to the band that their new Drummer Otus had passed away. The only explanation I can find is that it says he suffered a bout of illness.

He had only been with the band 4 months but had known the members for a few years before hand. He was sorely missed. Because of this tragic news they cancelled what remained of their gigs at the start of 2012 but had to honour their remaining festival commitments so enlisted the help of Jimmy Hammer (Ironcross) who was known only as The Drummer and whose identity was sworn to secrecy, to fulfil their obligations. Despite everything that had been happening in 2012 it was in fact Lordi’s 20th Anniversary that year so to celebrate this they released a combined CD and DVD compilation album titled Scarchives Vol 1. It contained their very first previously unreleased album Bend Over & Pray The Lord in its entirety, plus the original version of the song “Get Heavy” and a DVD of Lordi’s first ever gig, poignantly edited by Otus. It was after the death of Otus that Awa announced that she too was leaving the band, she hung on a few months and played her final gig with the band in Aug 2012 at a 20th Anniversary gig in their hometown, she had been with the band for seven years. Awa’s last gig was also the unofficial last gig for The Drummer as it had been decided he would not become a permanent member.

With no time to lose they recruited Mana-Insectoman (Antto Tuomainen) on Drums and Hella-The Scarbie Doll (Henna-Riikka Paakkda) on Keyboards and headed to Nashville and producer Michael Wagener (responsible for producing and mixing albums for Megadeth, W.A.S.P, Metallica and, er, Janet Jackson!) to record their sixth studio album To Beast Or Not To Beast. This album does seem to have a slightly different feel to it than the previous ones I think they’ve really tried to sound a bit more modern, the keyboards in particular seem to have changed from the days of Awa and Enary but not in a bad way. They are still just as fun and dedicated to horror as ever. With some truly awesome songs like the first single “The Riff” which is a story about how Mr. Lordi stole the main lick from Death himself. “I Luv Ugly” coz scaly creatures need love too, and “Horrorfiction” blurring the lines between horror story plots and reality. It ends with one of their best songs ever “Sincerely With Love” this song begs to be played as loud as possible preferably with you singing along! And finally the bonus track which is a live drum track and mix performed by their late Drummer called “SCG6: Otus’ Butcher Clinic”.

On October 31st 2014 they released album number seven “Scare Force One”, an album oozing with cheesy puns and classic Lordi track titles including “How To Slice A Whore”, “Cadaver Lover” and “The United Rocking Dead”. The Japanese version has a bonus cover version of the Pointer Sisters song “I’m So Excited” and trust me it is a song to behold! Most, if not all, Lordi albums have a tribute song to one of the band members, “Kalmageddon” being one of them already mentioned, but Scare Force One has two “Amen’s Lament To Ra Pt.2” (part 1 being on Babez For Breakfast) and “Hellas Kitchen”. This album is typical Lordi and follows on from To Beast Or Not To Beast very nicely.

Lordi’s eighth studio album was released on the 16th Sept 2016, before its release they intrigued us with a short description that it was to be a split album of sorts, the first six tracks being old school Lordi and the last being designed as a kind of concept album and as promised Monstereophonic: Theaterror vs Demonarchy does not disappoint. The first half is indeed classic Lordi but there is an obvious increased enthusiasm within the band. The first track, after their obligatory creepy SCG opener, is “Lets Go Slaughter He-Man” it has the most rousing 80’s keyboard intro and is ridiculously amusing, and it just keeps on going in the same vein for the next 5 tracks. All incredibly catchy songs, just be careful exactly where you are when you start singing along to them e.g.: walking through town or sitting on the bus NOT advised, heh heh!!

The fantastic discords of “Mary Is Dead” and sing along “Sick Flick” are particular favourites of mine. The second half, Demonarchy, is opened by another haunting SCG intro track, and we are thrown in head first into a world of seriously heavy guitar driven gloriousness. It’s still Lordi, it can’t be anything else, they can never be accused of trying to sound like other bands it just will never happen, but this half is more raw and faster than the first. I prostrate myself on the floor in true Wayne’s World “we are not worthy” fashion in front of Amen and Ox for this half of the album as they really do show what talents they are! Amazing guitar solos and bone shaking bass make this half of the album a Lordi fans wet dream. “Heaven Sent Hell On Earth” and “Break Of Dawn” are the stand outs for me at this moment in time but the rest of the album is truly awesome and I’m sure my current favourites will change the more I listen to it. The single from this album “Hug You Hardcore” was released in August and I remember listening to it over and over thinking and hoping that the rest of the album would be as amazing as this track and I was not disappointed. If you get the chance then check out the uncensored video to “Hug You Hardcore” for an extra treat. This album puts them back on form and I love it as much as The Arockalypse and The Monsterican Dream definitely a must have album.

Lordi have toured around the world both as headliners and as support for bands including Nightwish and Type O Negative. I was lucky enough to see them live in May 2013 when they were touring the To Beast Or Not To Beast album and they certainly did not disappoint. It was in a small venue and I believe they got held up at the airport so they were quite late on but when they did turn up they put on one hell of a show! We were treated to endless gems from most of their albums but obviously the majority were from To Beast… plus encores of “Hard Rock Hallelujah” and “Sincerely With Love”. Their stage presence is impressive and they all look amazing in their costumes. With his 10 inch high platforms on Mr. Lordi towers over us all but despite his (awesome) appearance he is a true showman and absolutely hilarious!! He interacts so well with the crowd and they don’t just crack jokes and play music they have some well rehearsed skits in between including swinging axes, buckets of blood and dismembered body parts, during the song “I’m The Best” Mr. Lordi dresses up as a Prom Queen and accepts a bouquet of flowers! If you ever get the chance to see Lordi live, don’t hesitate to do so you will not be disappointed!! Despite all their ups and downs as a band they always seem to carry on doing what they do best no matter what and that is making cracking albums, coining cheesy puns, terrorising small children and creeping out your parents….. Long may they reign!!

Article written by Sarah Budd


Released on March 23rd 2015 from Iceberg Records on Vinyl / CD. Also available as download from I-Tunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Formed in 2012, the Danish band Code Elektro are the brain child of composer / sound-designer / producer Martin Ahm, whose background includes substantial commercial experience with brands such as Fanta and MTV. “Superstrings” is the band’s debut album, and richly reflects the sci-fi / cyberpunk obsessions of its creator, alongside the prominent influence of key artists and bands such as John Carpenter, Vangelis, Daft Punk, Tangerine Dream and M83.
It’s a mesmerizing meld of digital and analog synths and taps into the ongoing 21st trend for evocative atmospheric music infused by the beloved scores of classic genre movies of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The driving, pulsing opener “Cyber Dreams” sets the tone with a sense of building excitement invaded by a hint of underlying menace. It resembles the end title music for BLADE RUNNER but establishes the band’s own distinctive sound. “Her Desher” is among the more overtly sinister tracks, while “Binary Prophecy” is a slow-burn built upon a quietly beautiful melody that remains persistent even as everything around it becomes more oppressively dramatic. Meanwhile, album highlight “Death Star” is marvelously melodramatic and ominous, incorporating the kind of malevolent choir Jerry Goldsmith employed so memorably throughout his career, and notably within THE OMEN scores.

If these legendary composers and musicians of past and present float your boat, there really is no other sensible option than going to www.codeelektro.com and buying the lovely vinyl version, which best represents the charmingly retro artwork by Kilian Eng. It also has a download code for all those whipper-snappers out there.

Track Listing

“Cyber Dreams” (3.47)

“DigiTron” (3.57)

“Her Desher” (4.15)

“Binary Prophecy” (5.47)

“Superstring” (5.12)

“X-Cipher” (3.56)

“Death Star” (3.40)

“A New World” (3.46)

“Syndicate” (4.13)

“Steel Sky” (4.47)

If you want to pick up a copy of the album then go here http://www.codeelektro.com/ and support the artist.

Also to stay in touch with what they will be doing next FOLLOW them on Twitter @CodeElektro

Review by Steven West


This next instalment may not have quite as many direct references to horror movies as my last ('SEND MORE PARAMEDICS') but saying this band is not relevant or linked to horror is like calling yourself a horror fan but only watching the Nightmare On Elm Street movies, there are so many layers to horror and indeed this particular band. The band I am talking about is Dog Fashion Disco. Now to stay true to the subject I’m going to have to skim over the numerous line-up changes and talk mainly about their amazing musical style, ability and influences as I see it. Formed in 1995 in Rockville, Maryland USA, school friends Todd Smith (vocalist/songwriter), Greg Combs (Guitarist) and Jon Ensminger (Drummer) started off originally naming the band Hug The Retard, and then changed the name very early on when the line-up was complete to Dog Fashion Disco. Their Wikipedia page describes their musical genre as Avant-garde Metal which is a better description then I could come up with. I was going to go for 70’s & 80’s Psychedelic, Rock, Metal, Country, Circus, Disco music but Avant-garde Metal has a much better ring to it! Featuring keyboards, banjos and brass sections all their songs have a movie soundtrack base to them, they tell stories of murder, adultery, satanic worship, sex, slavery, witchcraft and drug abuse to name a few topics. Todd Smith is not only a lyrical genius but is also incredibly vocally talented with an astonishing range. Very similar to the great Mike Patton of Faith No More fame but doesn’t sound like he is trying to be him. Their first couple of releases were self produced and, in fact I have never even heard their very first release in 1997 entitled Erotic Massage so can pass no judgement.
Instead I will jump on to their next release Experiments In Alchemy first self released in 1998, then re-released in 2006 by Rotten Records. A nine track EP which introduces tracks that will later appear on their future full length albums. To try and give you an idea of their lyrics how about this line from The Satanic Cowboy “The root of all evil is the smile of a demon, an inebriated slob on gin and tonic, blood and semen, he’ll spawn his seed until the town becomes a petting zoo” about an alcoholic abusive parent and introducing Pogo the Clown a serial killer paedophile. Straight after this EP they signed to Outerloop Records and released another album called The Embryo’s In Bloom which again has a few tracks that went on the later albums but at this point were in their infancy. These albums lean heavily on a more Rock/Metal feel with Toothless Dream from this album still being one of my favourite songs of theirs, funnily enough mentioning vampires and zombies, and drawing on visions of nightmarish ghouls and sleep paralysis.  G Eye Joe is a delightfully derogatory track about Army jocks. The fantastically odd and frequently changing God Crisis is a stand out track about religion that really starts to show their crazy arrangements and cement their sound.
In 2001 they got signed to major label Spitfire Records and released their first full length album Anarchists Of Good Taste. This is the album that got them heard across the pond. A lot more polished and well produced than the earlier releases. It features guest vocals from Serj Tankian of System Of A Down on their track Mushroom Cult, a psychedelic crazy metal cacophony. 9 to 5 At The Morgue, Corpse Is A Corpse and Vertigo Motel are dark and deranged tales of murder and mutilation. Pour Some Urine On Me starts with the line “Urine love with a robot with dysfunctional genitals and violent mood swings” sets a surreal tone to the rest of the album, which goes on to feature songs about decapitating Hollywood celebrities and hallucinating transvestites! I’m hoping you’re starting to see where I’m coming from with the horror influences now?!
Committed To A Bright Future was released in 2003. A bit less heavy and features a fair bit of brass section but incredibly addictive music and many more humorous song titles, for example Rapist Eyes, Dr.Piranha (opening line “He rose up from the toilet, bearing gifts and bleeding from his ass”) and not forgetting Nude In The Wilderness. This album features the re-introduction of Pogo The Clown finished and tuned to perfection. The Acid Memoirs is a glorious track about dropping acid and Timothy Leary. A brilliant cover of the theme song from Grease originally by The Bee Gees and a dancey little number called Magical Band Of Fools.
As mentioned earlier there have been a fair few hiatus’ and line-up changes. The time after Committed To A Bright Future incurred a few changes. Somewhere along the line their contract with Spitfire had ended, and after releasing a live CD entitled The City Is Alive Tonight (recorded in Baltimore in 2004 and released in 2005 on Artemis Records) features tracks from both albums and a brilliant cover of Nirvanas Breed. Things go a tad quiet for Dog Fashion Disco, until April 2006 (newly signed to Rotten Records) when they release Adultery their sixth studio album.
This is where things take on a slightly different feel. This album has a distinctly dark and sleazy feel like some kind of 80’s cop thriller that has violent, sexual predatory undertones (the track named Private Eye springs instantly to mind). The music has a definite, suspense filled horror movie type soundtrack feel to it. The sleeve and band photos have a sort of 80’s comic book/porno tinge to them. I love this album for different reasons to the others, its odd, bold and again very addictive listening and should have gained them much more acclaim then it did. It has an ongoing story throughout and the tracks are described as chapters rather than numbers. Stand out songs for me are Sweet Insanity, Moonlight City Drive, The Darkest Days and 100 Suicides. Desert Grave is a fantastic banjo driven track about burying your victims remains out in the desert, funnily enough. The song that shares the same name as the album Adultery is a beautiful thing. I’m bigging this album up more as it is so different but unfortunately due to their record label and line-up issues they were struggling to keep up morale and decided to announce their split. They played their farewell gig in Baltimore on Jan 13th 2007 to a huge crowd.
This was by no means the end of the band though; they all remained friends and involved themselves in various incestuous side projects whilst every so often reforming as Dog Fashion Disco. This is where majorly confusing overlaps occur, I will endeavour to simplify if I can. In 2007 Todd Smith and 2 other past members of Dog Fashion Disco teamed up to become Polkadot Cadaver. They released Purgatory Dance Party, on Rotten Records, an album which really does sound like a Dog Fashion Disco release from back in the day. They go right back to their experimental Metal style and bloody hell is it a belter!! Dark, very disturbing, humorous and very relevant again to horror but not quoting anything directly.  The most crazy, trippy track is Bring Me The Head Of Andy Warhol. The best track by far is the mostly acoustic track Chloroform Girl which has the chorus line “Chloroform girl how have you been? Don’t let me catch you sleeping again; you’re only alive because I like you”. If you have ever seen the Zombie short film called Not Even Death you will find this track is featured in the end credits! The last track is called Sole Survivor about being the only person left alive after a plane crash.
It gets even more complicated because in 2008, they reunite as Dog Fashion Disco and release an EP on Rotten records called Beating A Dead Horse To Death…..Again. The reason behind the name being that no new tracks were recorded just some old tracks that never made it previously and some old faves. This is a marvellous little gem though and very much welcomed by fans missing the band. Baby Satan, Day Of The Dead, Devils Wife and Barely Breathing are brilliant tracks. Plus two questionable tracks at the end Turning Gay and Hank Steel The Real Queer Cowboy show that they haven’t lost their sick sense of humour!! Everything again goes a bit crazy and Dog Fashion Disco is once again shelved for them to concentrate on their side projects. As well as Polkadot Cadaver, Todd Smith and Jasan Stepp (guitarist in DFD) team up with members of Nothingface and Hellyeah to form Knives Out! another Alternative Metal band. As well as this Todd and other band members started up their own record label in conjunction with Rotten Records called Razor To Wrist Records in 2010/2011 and all future releases from their bands were released under this label. One of the first releases from the new label collaboration was Polkadot Cadavers second album Sex Offender which again takes a weird, dark, sexual deviant undertone. A totally awesome album hard to separate from Dog Fashion Disco expect maybe less brass. With songs about vampires, sea creatures and virgins the stand out tracks for me are Starlight Requiem, Slaughterhouse Striptease and Cake & Eat It Too. Their final album to date is Last Call To Jonestown in May 2013 shamefully I have not had the opportunity to listen to it as yet. Todd Smith also has a solo project El Creepo which came about in 2010 and he has released 3 albums under this guise. A self titled first album, Aloha and new release Bellissimo! Obviously similar to Dog Fashion Disco and side projects but in places a little quieter more acoustic, as I write this I currently have Cottonwood River from the Aloha album on constant repeat, unable to listen to anything else right now!!
With all this going on you would think there would be no room for more Dog Fashion Disco but in 2013 they announced another reunion and set about plans for recording a new album. Their first full length album in 8 years was titled Sweet Nothings and the release was funded by a huge Indiegogo campaign. The album was sweet, sweet music to our ears. It is a grower though, I remember having to give it a couple of listens before admitting to love it. Starting off with a 1920’s type feel it then has everything from anti war songs to crazy doctors and drug addled Alice In Wonderland type tales. I love the quirkiness of Struck By Lightening and the sexy title track Sweet Nothings the best. It ends with a brilliant predominantly acoustic (at the start anyway) song End Of The Road. Their final album to date is Ad Nauseam released in October of last year, and having said at the start of this article that they don’t make direct references to horror movies this is a slight exception as one track is called Lotion On Its Skin and the chorus line is “I’ll paint you a picture with my blood, it puts the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose. Paradise once lost, the second coming in your eyes. These are such godless days”. Other fabulously disturbing tracks are Last Night Never Happened, Covered In Blood and Watching You. The title track Ad Nauseam is a corker of an opening track too!
Spanning the years of their careers Dog Fashion Disco have done a serious amount of touring and released 2 live DVDs simply called DFDVD and DFDVD 2 with a bonus live DVD on The City Is Alive Tonight CD. They have toured with the likes of Mindless Self Indulgence, Lacuna Coil and Tub Ring. They did come over to the UK in the early days but possibly only once or twice. I didn’t get to see them live until Sept 2014 and then again just over a year later both times in London. Considering their production and the amount of different instruments their live show is very, very good. The first time I saw them Polkadot Cadaver were supporting them, so Todd Smith had to sing 2 sets in one night and his voice did not waver in the slightest. All the guys from the DFD family show amazing ability and huge commitment to their cause.
I really hope I have convinced you to give this band and the subsequent sister bands and solo projects a listen and if you already know about them then I really hope I have done them justice and not bored you all into a coma. They are a complicated band but I urge you to give them a go and I hope you find them relevant to the horror genre.

Article written by Sarah Budd
Live picture courtesy of Sarah Budd



1 Videogram Ident 03 (0:18)
2 Damien (1:47)
3 Cobretti (2:12)
4 Killer On Interstate 40 (2:31)
5 Camp Blood (3:26)
6 Horror Express (3:29)
7 Mangiati Vivi    (3:01)
8 Dawn Of The Apocalypse (4:19)
9 Silver Sphere (2:45)
10 Voorhees Stomp (3:00)
11 Le Erotici Notti Di Emanuelle (3:45)
12 Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide  (12:46)
13 Videogram Ident 04 (0:18)

Magnus Sellergren's synth-pop/soundtrack based band VIDEOGRAM are back with their brilliant new album PRE-CERT. We previously mentioned them when they released their EP, OUTPOST 31 ISN'T RESPONDING (http://www.horrorscreamsvideovault.co.uk/2015/09/videogram-embrace-thing-in-new-album.html) which was a tribute to John Carpenter's 'THE THING'. 

This latest effort is a great listen and will have you thinking of all the films that the songs are inspired by. My personal favourite song on this album is track 12 Man Is The Warmest Place To Hide, a 13 minute epic song that will stay with you long after the album is finished. If I was a film maker and I wanted someone to do the soundtrack I would certainly put Magnus Sellergren high on my list of contenders.

The album is available to buy here in the U.K. via Code7 ( http://www.code7vinyl.com/ ) and Norman Records ( https://www.normanrecords.com/records/156510-videogram-precert- ) on Amazon.co.uk and all other major retailers on vinyl and CD. 


Born on the 25th March 1926, Pesaro,Rome,Italy,Riziero 'Riz' Ortolani was one of Italy's most prolific and respected film composers when he died at age 87 on 23rd January 2014 in Lazio,Rome.

Ortolani musical aspirations began when he took up up the violin at age four,he later changed to to the flute when a car crash seriously and permanently injured his left elbow. He was principal flautist in his hometown orchestra. He then went to study music at Conservatorio Statale Di Musica in Pesaro,Italy. At the close of World War II where he had served in the Italian airforce and played in the army orchestra he then went to be the musical arranger for the orchestra at the Italian network RAI.

In the 1950's Ortolani had formed his own jazz orchestra which took various countries including the United States where perfomed at Ciro's on Sunset Boulevard,he returned home to Italy in 1961.He scored his fist film in 1961, Ursus in the Valley of the Lions directed by Carlo Ludovico Bragalini. In 1962 Ortolani came to be known to international audiences when he scored his first film soundtrack for directors Gualtiero Jacopetti,Paolo Cavarra and Franco Prosperi's film documentary Mondo Cane,a look at the world of strange oddities and bizarre rituals. The film's theme instrumental "Ti Guardero nel Cuore",lyrics were added by Marcello Cicciolini,subsequently British songwriter + producer Norman Newell arranged a version 'More' that became internationally known,covered by a host singers such as Andy Williams,Bobby Darin,Frank Sinatra,Judy Garland,Connie Francis and Perry Como amongst many.'Ti Guardero nel Cuore' was nominated for  the Best Song catergory in 1963 but missed out to Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn's 'Call Me' from the film 'pap's Deicate Condition' but did win a Grammy Award in the same year.His success with the theme tune from Mondo Cane led Ortolani to England where he scored the films, The Yellow Rolls Royce(1964),The Spy with the Cold Nose(1966),The Biggest Bundle of them All(1968) and The Valachi Papers (1972).He won a Golden Globe award in 1966 for the song 'Forever Domani' form the film The Yellow Rolls Royce which featured the vocal talents of actress and singer Katyna Ranieri who was also Ortolani's wife.

Arguably the film score that is most closely associated with Riz Ortolani is for Ruggero Deodato's 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust,a film that is famous for it's graphic gore, sexual content and for the depiction of on camera animal slaughter.Cannibal Holocaust is the first film to utilise the 'found footage' concept of which is now a common feature of many modern horror films,it tells the story of a film crew who venture into an unexplored area of the Amazonian jungle to search for a documentary film crew who have vanished whilst filming cannibal tribes.The young film makers recover the missing footage the original film crew had shot but their actions and treatment of the tribes people is so savage that it ultimately leads to their demise.The film is beautifully shot capturing the interiors of the Amazonian jungle and unflinchingly depicts the savagery from the tribes people and the film crew,Ortolani uses a lushly sweet orchestra score which it would almost lead one to believe that we are about to see a very different film to one that unfolds,the theme is reprised in various versions throughout the film,poignantly playing as the brutal violence is shown.Deodato specifically used Ortolani for scoring his film after hearing his work on the Mondo Cane,liking the rich orchestral feel that was used to back the bizarre imagery the film contained,the sweetness of the music against graphic violence makes for a film that lingers in the viewer's mind and ears long after the final scene fades from the screen to the haunting theme.

In recent years Ortolani's scores can be heard in various forms including Grand Theft Auto:London 1969(1996), Kill Bill:Vol 1 (2003), Kill Bill:Vol2 (2004), Drive(2011), Inglorious Basterds(2011) and Django Unchained(2012).

In 2013 Riz Ortolani was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy in Ghent,Belgium in recognition of his work as a film composer,arranger and conductor .Ortolani himself set up the Riz Ortolani Foundation which works to promote music via scholarships,exhibitions and concerts.

He leaves behind him a legacy of film music,having composed scores for 200 films spanning many genres,winner of 11 oscars and 16 nominations.

Riz Ortolani was laid to rest on the 25th January 2014 in the Church of the Artists of the Piazza del Popolo. He is survived by his wife Katyna, daughter Rizia ,stepson Enrico and two grandchildren.

Selected Filmography (Click the titles to go watch the trailers):

Horror Castle (1963)

Castle of Blood (1964)

Africa Addio (1966)

Anzio (1968)

So Sweet,So Perverse (1969)

Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)

Web of the Spider (1971)

Seven Bloodstained Orchids (1972)

The Dead are Alive (1972)

Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye (1973)

Red Rings of Fear (1978)

The Fifth Muskateer (1979)

Cannibal Holocaust (1980

The House on the Edge of the Park (1980)

Madhouse (1981)

Killer Crocodile (1989)

Article written by Bethany Venice Wiseblood

Edited by Peter 'Witchfinder' Hopkins