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    R.I.P. Massimo Morante of Goblin

    This really hurts. I've loved Goblin longer than most of the bands I listen to. I got into them nearly forty years ago, not long after Tangerine Dream, when I didn't know what "progressive rock" was.

    RIP.

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    R.I.P. Massimo Morante of Goblin

    Taken from their official Facebook news page:

    Massimo Morante, founding guitarist for the legendary Italian progressive rock band and horror film scorers Goblin, has passed away at age 70. The band writes, "Goblin announce with a heavy heart and in total disbelief the passing of founder and guitar master Massimo Morante." Cause of death has not yet been reported.

    Goblin's discography includes the scores to Suspiria, Deep Red, Dawn of the Dead, and more. Goblin (Massimo included) last released Fearless (37513 Zombie Ave) in 2018 and toured the US the following year.

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    ... I will spin some Goblin and Cherry Five CDs tonight. R.I.P.
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    R.I.P. a legend of Italian Prog

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    Just read it. Sad news. Will play some Cherry Five later..
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    Oh yeah, RIP. Loved what he brought to Goblin.
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    Rest in peace.
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    Such sad news. Been a fan of Goblin since my early teens. RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal Plumage View Post
    Just read it. Sad news. Will play some Cherry Five later..
    Fabulous album.
    RIP.

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    That sucks.

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    Sad news today. RIP...
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    Really sad and shocking news indeed, we have lost a great italian prog master musician. RIP caro amico ~

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    So sorry about this. He had the tone and the vision to make a feather come to life as sinister story's wing.

    I'll be listening tonight, starting with the Cherry Five and moving on from there. Roller I'll play all the way through, I think.
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    Oof...tough news. Will be spinning some Goblin tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    This really hurts. I've loved Goblin longer than most of the bands I listen to. I got into them nearly forty years ago, not long after Tangerine Dream, when I didn't know what "progressive rock" was.

    RIP.
    This mirrors almost exactly my history with Goblin (and Tangerine Dream). Really sad. When thinking about the Goblin "sound", I often first think of keyboards and the work of the rhythm section, not necessary Morante's contributions. Yet now the first thing that popped into my mind was the hypnotic opening ostinato of "Profondo Rosso", played by Morante, of course. And who knows how many times his simple but ecstatic soloing on "Le cacate di viridiana" has lifted my mood just a bit over the years. And then there's the bouzouki in "Suspiria" and the riff in "School at Night" and the acoustic part in "Il risveglio del serpente" and...

    R. I. P. indeed. Back to la terra di Goblin.

    Since no cause of death has been announced, I hope it wasn't an attack by cats or a stab with an objet d'art...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai View Post
    This mirrors almost exactly my history with Goblin (and Tangerine Dream). Really sad. When thinking about the Goblin "sound", I often first think of keyboards and the work of the rhythm section, not necessary Morante's contributions. Yet now the first thing that popped into my mind was the hypnotic opening ostinato of "Profondo Rosso", played by Morante, of course. And who knows how many times his simple but ecstatic soloing on "Le cacate di viridiana" has lifted my mood just a bit over the years. And then there's the bouzouki in "Suspiria" and the riff in "School at Night" and the acoustic part in "Il risveglio del serpente" and...
    "...E Suono Rock" is one of my most-revered Goblin moments. Massimo's line mirrors the staccato synth passage but varies some notes and his tone is perfect. He wasn't a flashy player, choosing to enhance the composition, not exceed it. (Unfortunately, the guy you hear yell "F*ck yeah!" in Austinato when "Suono" starts isn't me.) (And for the record, Steve Moore killed it on sax and vocal.)

    I love that bouzouki in "La Caccia (The Hunt)."


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    Very sad and shocked!
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