Kansas City’s Goblin king of neo-Giallo dark fantasy soundtracking returns with his fourth full-length, two years after the psychodrama of Prophecy Of The Black Widow. The time between was well spent, on tours (Europe twice, including the Mogwai-curated ATP fest), one-off tapes and 12 inches (Welcome To The Chill Zone, Final Exit, etc), and tweaking the mixes and minutia of the seven undead invasions comprising Confrontations. What distinguishes the new album from the previous few is its slow-burn compositional model: each track builds its ominous temple brick by brick, basking in the tension of each new chiming Carpenter synth line or evil Om for multiple measures before stirring the next substance into the cauldron. This patience gives the songs a more oozing, operatic aura; these confrontations aren’t hostile showdowns in the woods but the creeping dread of alien-nation body snatchers infiltrating the populace. Death comes slipping. Another crucial keystone in the occult arc de triomphe of Umberto’s deepening discography. Can someone hire this master to score the They Live remake already? 4-panel CD digipaks with X-filed highway cover artwork designed by Dionysian KC visualist Tim Goodwillie.