Umberto – Prophecy Of The Black Widow LP


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The one Umberto performance we had the rad fortune to bear witness to involved at least a dozen dudes, dads, and ladies all wearing sunglasses at night and shredding keyboards/keytars bathed in a sea of fog machinery and strobe lights and extraterrestrially-costumed interpretive dancers. Shit was BEYOND. Umberto mastermind Matt Hill allegedly went to legit music school back in the day and used to play bass for Expo 70 (Justin/Expo released the debut Umberto tape/CDR, From The Grave, on his Sonic Meditations label) before splintering into his current electro-satanic Goblin worship guise – and we for one can’t get enough. Prophecy Of The Black Widow is his sophomore LP and though the badass evil Italo goth-synth horror-score blueprint of Grave remains, the main variation is that the overall vibe has bled subtly from 70s Argento/Carpenter-isms into more of an early/mid-80s creep-scape. There’s still plenty of eerie nightmare keyboard riffs and witch-disco breakouts but the synths squelch with more of a neon retrofuturist bent and there’s even one brazenly feelgood ‘we beat the bad guys’ closing credits studio anthem, the literally-titled, “Everything Is Going To Be Okay.” Whatever prophecy Prophecy is foretelling, we’ll heed it happily. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with sick fake-3D lettering and art by Seth Johnson. Edition of 485.

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