DEATH WALTZ Southbound - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. One-off pressing of 500. Pressed on 180 Gram vinyl housed inside a 425gsm gatefold sleeve with obi strip. Artwork by Matt Ryan Tobin. $25
Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to take you down the oft-trodden path of horror on the highway with the score to the terrifying 2016 anthology Southbound, as composed by The Gifted (aka Louis Castle and James Bairian). The film is a fresh take on the classic portmanteau horror film featuring several chilling short stories; one features mysterious creatures (“The Way In”/”The Way Out”), another tells of a nightmarish encounter with a strange couple (“Siren”), while ‘The Accident” is set in an abandoned medical facility, and a “Jailbreak” concerns an heroic rescue that is certainly not what it seems. Each scary segment pulls together to create a diabolical trip through purgatory.
Unto this, The Gifted bring a variety of styles, beginning with a familiar thick and bristly synth over a high keyboard line to create the main title theme. There's a haunting, echoing organ melody that chills the bones as part of “Siren”, the thumping heartbeat that roams “The Accident”, and the jagged and biting edges of “The Way Out”. “Jailbreak” hosts some incredibly oppressive and foreboding licks, while “The Way In” drives forward with a seriously fresh John Carpenter melody, finishing with the greatest '80s throwback tune this side of Power Glove. It’s immediate, fresh and full of analog dread. For a musical experience like this, you only need to do one thing: Head Southbound.