The vinyl world felt a huge change today as two giant forces became a unified beast. Today is the day that Death Waltz started listing all their titles on Mondo’s website. Death Waltz Recording Company is the UK answer to tremendous wax releases of the horror genre and beyond with excellent packaging, exclusive color variants and limited releases. Mondo is essentially the same animal on this side of the Atlantic only they also specialize in other artistic mediums beyond vinyl. The two juggernauts (juggernauts of the boutique world I should say) announced a merger late last year that is finally rearing its beastie head in the best way possible.
Today saw the release of The Raid, Scanners and The Brood on one set and a Sleepaway Camp 7 inch sold through Mondo’s site as well as the aforementioned addition of the Death Waltz catalog shown in USD on their site (sans the shipping cost of doom that normally accompanies Death Waltz imports). Below are details on each release as well as the full press release detailing the merger, parts of the business plan from Mondo and track listing and variants for each of the releases.
We will have reviews up on Sleepaway Camp and the Cronenberg double feature vinyl when they arrive in house.
Order them up while they last!
****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE****
DEATH WALTZ RECORDING COMPANY’S NEW HOME AT
MONDO’S WEB STORE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES TODAY
WITH THE RELEASE OF “THE RAID” AND
A 7-INCH VINYL OF CULT CLASSIC “SLEEPAWAY CAMP”
Austin, TX-January 13, 2014- Mondo, in collaboration with Howe Records, unveils a special “two cover” LP release for director David Cronenberg’s classic mind and body-bender films Scanners and The Brood with original scores composed by Academy Award-winner (The Lord of the Rings) Howard Shore. Both sides of the packaging have original art for the two films by Sam Wolfe Connelly. Today also marks the reopening of the newly acquired Death Waltz Recording Company at their new home on Mondo’s official site with the release of the original score for The Raid and the soundtrack release for cult classic Sleepaway Camp. All releases are available today at Mondo’s official site.
A longtime collaborator with Cronenberg, Howard Shore’s scores on these classic films are among the horror genre’s most operatic and iconic music. Professor Royal S. Brown wrote fascinating liner notes charting the evolution of Shores’ themes in these early films and provides a quote from the composer about his music-filmmaker collaboration that is as cinematically essential as Hitchcock & Herrmann or Spielberg & Williams…
“Cronenberg put no restrictions on me at all. He talked to me as if I were part of the acting ensemble. It was a very pure way of writing music, and he would make only very minor tweaks once I recorded it. You were allowed to achieve whatever you wanted to achieve given the subject matter. It was a ’60s kind of thing, that kind of equality of working conditions where everything was equal. What he’s interested in is what you think, what emphasis are you going to bring to the work. It’s very intuitive with me and the work. He sends me the film, I spot the film and send him the notes.”
Available for the first time ever on vinyl, Scanners/The Brood features cover art by Sam Wolfe Connelly on both sides of the packaging, and is pressed on 180 gram vinyl with two colorway options: a Scanners-themed Cream with Brown & Red Splatter mimicking the infamous head explosion and a Brood-themed Gray with Green Splatter to represent Nola’s external womb.
1. Main Title
2. Vale Captured
4. The Ripe Program
5. The Injection
6. Dirge for the Assassins
7. Vale’s Lonely Walk
8. The Dart
9. Scanner Duel
10. The Shape of Rage: A Suite for 21 Strings
Are you ready for your socks to be knocked clean off? Death Waltz Recording Company are exceptionally proud to bring a huge world premiere release that will sweep your legs away while punching your face to custard with Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi’s original score to The Raid. Directed by Gareth Evans, this explosive masterpiece of Thai uber-action has already been recognized as one of the greatest action films ever made, but few people know that when it was released in the UK and US, its music was replaced in favor of a score by Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park) and Joseph Trapanese.
Quite frankly, the original score kicks its successor’s ass, hard. Coming from Thailand, the duo of Yuskemal and Prayogi seemingly not only have a geographical connection but a spiritual one as well, leading to a profundity in their music that can’t be matched. Full of muscular electronics and battering percussion, it feels like not only a score but also a workout. Electric guitars give an edge and at times the music reaches up to a post-rock crescendo, while ethereal textures give a nod to the insane world the film takes place in, and it all comes to a head to bring you one of the finest action scores the world has ever seen. You don’t just listen to The Raid – you experience it.
The Raid Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal
Cover design Chris Weston
Includes an exclusive booklet with sleeve notes from director Gareth Evans & composers Aria Prayogi & Fajar Yuskemal. 140gm red/green split vinyl housed inside a heavyweight-textured tip on gatefold jacket. 500 worldwide (Mondo exclusive). Standard version grey vinyl 1000 units (record stores worldwide)
2. Hard Duty Part 1
3. Hard Duty Part 2
5. Freeze! – Full Alert
10. Explosion Aftermath
11. Cornered Intensity
12. Carrying Bowo
13. Last Minute Rescue
14. Machete Stab
13. Constant Beating
14. Family Reunion
15. Deadly Game Link
17. Drug’s Lab
18. Torture Room Pt 1 – Bad vs. Evil
19. Torture Room Pt 2 – End
20. Suicide Attempt
21. The Raid – Performed by Sigmun
22. The Raid – OBB
23. The Raid – Trailer (Lethal)
Frankie Vinci recorded three songs for the US slasher movie Sleepaway Camp and Death Waltz are extremely proud to be releasing them officially for the first time ever . Taken from the original 4 track cassette recordings and re-mastered for vinyl under supervision of Vinci. Angela’s Theme is generally regarded as one of the greatest songs featured in a horror movie during the 80’s with it’s mix of synths , drum machines and an absolutely killer chorus. The other two tracks also feature in prominent scenes in the movie and are presented here in their entirety.
“When I sang the 3 songs I was trying to channel David Bowie. Euro rock music was big in the 80’s, so I was inspired to keep the songs fresh with a Euro vibe. I’m not sure I came close to a Bowie vocal but I guess it worked in its own way. The 3 songs may sound sonically inferior to today’s digital recordings but the heart of “Angela’s Theme” is the eerie notes in the intro and the overall vibe. The Yamaha keyboard’s bell sound actually adds to the creepy feel of the movie ending,” said Frankie Vinci.
Sleepaway Camp – Angela’s theme E.P
Music by Frankie Vinci
45 rpm. Stereo. 500 tri-color vinyl red, green & blue (Mondo exclusive).1000 white vinyl (500 Mondo, 500 record stores).
1. Angelas Theme
3. Take A Chance