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Richard Einhorn - Shock Waves OST [Howlin Wolf Records - 2015]

Here we have a 2015 CD presentation of synth n electronic based soundtrack for a Nazi zombie film from the late 1970s. Fitting the films subject matter the soundtrack brings together moody & brooding synth craft, with more angular & noisy electronic/early sampled elements to create a memorable, creative & chilling score.

Shock Waves( aka Almost Human /Death Corps) appeared in 1977, and  it featured two classic Horror actors Peter Cushing & John Carradine. Its  plot revolved  around a  group of tourists encountering aquatic Nazi zombies when they become shipwrecked- it was the first film to blend together the Nazi & zombies.

The soundtrack was composed & played by Richard Einhorn a Us based soundtrack composer &  classical music composer, who also composed the soundtracks for other 70s/80s horror films such as Dont Go In The House, and The Prowler.  Seemingly Shock Waves was his first ever soundtrack, and I must say its most effective & worthy bringing together eerier mood with more angular & noisy elements.

The reissue presents the original  scores twenty two tracks, along with an eight unreleased track- so we get a total of twenty nine tracks, and a runtime of just thirty minutes.  The releases tracks nicely move between bubbling n throbbing eerier-ness, onto more sad & moodily melodic synth patterns. Through to blends jarring & angular electronics, noisy n shirking  electro bays,  which are edged with occasional samples of seagulls, night time bird chatter, water & the sound of amassed Nazi chants.  As youd expect with a soundtrack there are repeated themes through-out the albums runtime, but really its fairly varied, and not too repetitive- so you can listen to this in one go & it works as well as a stand alone & cohesive release too.

The reissue is nicely presented in a full-colour clear jewel case, with a 12 page colour booklet which features five pages of new & informative liner notes about the film, its soundtrack, and its making. Plus good selection of stills from the film its self.

This is the first time this soundtrack has ever been commercial issued, and it features a remastering from the original tapes by Einhorn himself. Certainly this is one for those who enjoy horror-filled & retro electronics, and  70s synth-based sound tracking.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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