Call of Darkness by Défago (2013) Music Review

 

dfeagoCall of Darkness by Défago

Released 25th November 2013 by Graveyard Calling Records.

Readers of UKHS will undoubtedly already be familiar with the horror record label Graveyard Calling (if not where have you been?). November 25th sees the release of two new limited edition cassettes filled with the best in Horror themed EDM.

 

Défago offer 10 tracks (plus 5 bonus) of haunting melody and eerie synth sounds for you all to devour with the album Call of Darkness.

 

Hailing from Spain this is Défago’s first release on a beautifully designed Orange Cassette and limited to only 50 copies!

 

From the opening track Welcome to horror-mood! Défago grab hold of the listener and refuse to let that grip go; a pulsing yet simple baseline that feels perfectly at home in Escape From New York welcomes the listener before an haunting vocal encased within the beat subtlety captures the imagination starting proceedings nicely.

 

Much like label-mates Werewolves in Siberia the Carpenter/Howarth influence is clear but Défago take this template and expand on it creating complex, layered songs alongside a expansive knowledge of timing and rhythm with each song almost telling a story to the listener.

 

 

 

graveyardcalling2Robotomy for instance would fit perfectly in a possessed doll film; its slow methodical rise will bring chills to the spine, whereas Halloween eve and They fly by night offer a much more upbeat sound adding to the more chilling moments greatly.

 

Children of the forest is the stand out track on the album, an eerie wind encompasses the track adding depth and the feeling of expansion and desolation to the viewer all leading to a playful laughter which comes across as more sinister than is usually connected with a child’s laugh.

 

The great thing about this release is the way Défago uses backing and underlining tracks to escalate the horror of the actual tracks; The use of wind in the aforementioned Children of the forest, an almost watery effect at the finale of Noctuary (which I would love to know how they created).

 

The hypnotic and dread filled The Brotherhood rides again is a pleasure to listen to , sonically filling the speakers with tension and dread. Couple this with a hypnotic, surreal breakdown in the middle before gradually slowing the pace down masterfully. This is straight out of a satanic panic film.

 

If Welcome to the horror-mood is Défago doing Carpenter, ascending into blindness is the artist tackling Goblin and Argento; dramatic long notes flows beautifully along the track whisking away the listener with every sweep, listen to this track immediately.

 

 

 

defagoRealm of the MadChords is exactly as it sounds, frantic layered synth creating complex rhythms with each note perfectly placed and vital; this is a science fiction opus in 2:14.

 

The sheer scale of variation on this album is astounding delving deep into more eerie and creepy sounds before turning a complete 360 into strange and alien sounding worlds.

 

Graveyard Calling have found a real gem in Défago and having previously being unaware of this talent I envy new listeners discovering this for the first time.

 

There is lots to love about Call of Darkness any horror fan who has grown up on a diet of 80s horror and the soundtracks of its ilk will feel right at home here bringing back fond memories from a time long gone.

 

Regular Graveyard Calling fans will find this essential and newcomers to the label can file this in-between the Halloween II, Escape from New York and Susperia soundtracks in their collections.

 

 

 

graveyardcallingDéfago easily have the skill-set to score a complete feature the passion they bring to this release to a joy to witness unfolding in your ears, turn down the lights put the volume up and let them take you wherever you wish to go.

 

9/10

 

You can buy the cassette (which also includes a digital download) or order a digital copy from Graveyard Calling – http://graveyardcalling.bandcamp.com/album/call-of-darkness