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Mark of the Devil I & II
ONE WAY STATIC
"Deluxe LP limited to 1000 copies worldwide, comes with obi strip. Packaged in a deluxe gatefold tip-on jacket with artworks by Silver Ferox. Comes with insert containing extensive & exclusive liner notes. One Way Static Records is proud to bring you their latest release, one where we had the chance to work with German composer Michael Holm.
Mark of the Devil
was released in 1970 and is certainly a film that has achieved a real cult status, it is notorious and known by many horror fans for being given the first ever 'V' for violence certificate (or was it a 'V' for vomit, since vomit bags were handed out at screenings of the film). A sequel was also produced in 1973, both soundtracks are featured here on this release. The musical score penned here by Michael Holm is surprisingly melodic for a horror movie, but also contains dramatic and atmospheric compositions. It has that sort of luxurious and haunting sound, very European and romantically slanted and maybe a little pop orientated. The central theme evokes the feel of Riz Ortolani's theme for
, which ironically was only written ten years later. Even spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s written by composers such as Morricone and Bruno Nicolai come to mind when experiencing this album. Strings & the use of a spiteful and venomous Slavic sounding electric violin on this score (which literally scratches out the jagged and virulent variation of the romantic theme) has the effect of making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Almost in a similar fashion to that of composer Jerry Goldsmith in his more mischievous and threatening sections of
. The second soundtrack included on this release is
Mark of the Devil II
, which was released in 1973. The main music for this particular movie was the work of Don Banks, John Scott and Sam Sklair."
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