One Way Static Records - Cannibal Ferox


With so many films getting the deluxe blu-ray and DVD treatment it was only a matter of time before audiophiles banded together and started giving said film's soundtracks a similar treatment.  Sure enough, carnivorous genre fans rapidly jumped on board causing numerous releases to sell-out within hours.   Fast forward to 2014 and companies like Death Waltz and One Way Static are flourishing, paving a path for new labels like Lunaris Records, a company that's already announced upcoming records for Night of the Demons, Street Trash, and Witchboard.

I think it's safe to assume this is a trend that will be around for a while and I'm thankful for this.  Horror and exploitation flicks have always had some of the best scores around, and can you name a better format to give these notorious films their audio incarnations?  

Which brings me to today's subject; One Way Static Records' latest release, Cannibal Ferox.  


I could talk for hours about this film, it was one of those tapes that had always escaped me as a youngin.'  Typically my parental unit was pretty loose when it came to what films I could rent, but that cover always made her put the proverbial foot down.  There's not a whole lot of films that can truly live up to such ferocious artwork but boy Cannibal Ferox manages to knock it out of the park.  There are a lot of great things about that film and Roberto Donati's score is certainly one of them.  Like a lot of Italian scores of that era it's extremely versatile, ranging from funky upbeat tracks to gritty horrific instrumentals.


Looking back at the actual film it's strange to imagine some of these cheerful pieces of music being associated with the ol' Umberto sleaze, but the film's soundtrack is really good at it's job.  Frightening when it needs to be and occasionally lighthearted.  You'll find yourself humming NYC Aftermath for days and Cannibal Ferox Theme is a must of any self respecting fan's Horror playlist.  Each track was remastered and sounds excellent.   


One Way Static outdid themselves with this release, limited to 1000 copies the record is housed in a deluxe gatefold package with newly commissioned artwork along with liner notes from the composer Roberto Donati and actors Giovanni Lombardo Radice, (cannibal superstar) Robert Kerman, and Zora Kerova.


I know I sound like a broken record (!) when I say this, but as horror fans we are truly being spoiled with all of these amazing releases.  If the sounds of Cannibal Ferox aren't your cup o' tea do not fret, you're favorite soundtrack is likely on the horizon.


So get your copy while ya' can, with such a small run it's only a matter of time before there's a tremendous price hike on this release.


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