Fangoria Presents: Hollydoom (Original Magazine Soundtrack)


Publisher: Lakeshore Records | Release Date: Jan. 11, 2019 | Runtime: 44:48

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last summer an announcement rippled through the horror world that had all of us frothing at the mouth and reminiscing about our times next to the magazine rack. Fangoria was coming back! Soon after, they announced they were getting into the movie and book business, releasing Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and Preston Fessel’s Our Lady of the Inferno. But, was that enough for them? No. In the first week of January 2019 they announced a partnership with Lakeshore Records to release Hollydoom, a magazine soundtrack featuring ten songs from a number of the biggest names in the Synthwave community. And let me be the first to say, this album kicks ass.

Hollydoom couldn’t have come out at a better time for me. I’m neck deep in my obsession with synthwave and horror movie scores. Every review I’ve written, every short story I’ve stressed over, every dish I’ve washed has been scored by the top names in synth music. And this compilation would fit right in with any of those. Each track has taken me to the same haunted places that a Goblin, John Carpenter, Tangerine Dream, or Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross score has sent me.

The artists featured in Hollydoom are some of the most talented synthwave composers in the community today. Featured are: Power Glove, Gunship feat. Corin Hardy, Carpenter Brut, Binary Reptile, John Carpenter, Wojciech Golczewski, Pentagram Home Video, Umberto, OGRE, and Mega Drive. We get new songs from eight of the artists as well as classic tracks from John Carpenter and Carpenter Brut. It was a real treat for me to find out I was going to get something new from a number of these artists, I’m always on board for something fresh from Pentagram Home Video, OGRE, and Wojciech Golczewski.

Every track on here is a real banger. It feels like each artist put their best foot forward on this. Each cut will stick with you long after you are finished listening. I’ve listened to it a number of times now (including while writing this) and it’s really amazing how quickly you are transported to scenes from a movie that’s never been made. Each song could fit right in with heroes running from a killer, a discovery of some insidious trap, or a montage of someone building an arsenal to battle an evil horde of undead.

It’s still a little early for me to pick which tracks are my favorites. While they all have something that grabs me, a number have stuck out. Umberto’s Razzle Dazzle starts of slow and menacing before building into an intense crescendo that’ll get your heart thumping and head nodding. Pentagram Home Video’s haunting Initiation is a fuzzy guitar and pounding drum number that feels right a home in the final battle with a masked killer. Gunship feat. Corin Hardy gives us some haunting vocals in their song Cthulhu. And ORGE’s Fugue could have come right out of a Phantasm movie, maybe while Reggie welds two shotguns together.

Hollydoom is going to be one of those compilations people look back on as a milestone in the synthwave and horror movie score community. It really does an amazing job highlighting how unique this area of music can be. Fangoria found some amazing artists to build them the perfect soundtrack. I really hope they do some more of these in the future. If you love this type of music then you’ll be extremely happy with this album and if you are not sure how to get into the scene, this is a wonderful place to start.