Recommended by Dave Segal
Italy’s Goblin have the rare distinction of straddling the incongruous worlds of horror-film scoring and Euro-disco. For the former, Goblin set the bar high with their chthonic soundtracks for directors such as Dario Argento (Suspiria, Profondo Rosso, Tenebre) and George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead, aka Zombi). The group contoured their extraordinary prog-rock chops to serve the ghoulish needs of horror flicks, generating some of the most unsettling atmospheres ever to accompany attractive people doing macabre things on a silver screen. They also could make a discotheque throb, with tracks like “Tenebre” and “Flashing.” Goblin’s 2013 comeback show at Neumos exceeded expectations. Since then, key member Claudio Simonetti’s left the lineup, but don’t count these guys out.