Music Weekly: HALLOWEEN II , HALLOWEEN III (Pre-Order) + Distro Titles!

Hi everyone! We are thrilled to continue our HALLOWEEN campaign this week with our re-issue of the soundtrack to HALLOWEEN II, complete with stunning new artwork from Paul Mann. We'll also be opening up a pre-order for HALLOWEEN III (which was released earlier this month).

Finally, we have some new distributed titles from our friends at Strange Disc Records and Burning Witches Records including Tom Savini's '90s classic THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD as well as the new Daniel Davies and Die Hexen LPs.

As usual, new releases and back-in-stock titles go on sale Wednesdays at NOON (CT) via mondotees.com.

NEW THIS WEEK

DEATH WALTZ RECORDING CO.
HALLOWEEN II - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP. Artwork by Paul Mann. Webstore Exclusive pressed on 180 Gram Red, Orange and Blue vinyl. Also available on 180 Gram Orange vinyl. Expected to Ship in September 2018. $32

Death Waltz Recording Co., is proud to present the return of one of horror's scariest boogeymen - as well as one of the genre's most iconic themes - with John Carpenter and Alan Howarth's score to HALLOWEEN II. Set directly after the events of the first film, Rick Rosenthal's sequel sets itself up as the slasher equivalent of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, making a family connection between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers while getting some good kills in at the same time. Carpenter and Howarth's score is beefier and more intense than before, using layers of electronics to drive the audience to madness.

As before, Myers aka “The Shape” is propelled by that theme, souped up with a new and more powerful arrangement from Carpenter and Howarth. HALLOWEEN II is more overtly synth - and is perhaps less focused - than the original score, although that certainly means it's nastier and more schizophrenic. The score also brings back the evocative "Laurie's Theme," incorporating into a score full of harrowing musical effect; its synthesized howls and wails pierce your ears, so that by the time 'Mr. Sandman' comes around, you'll feel just like the final girl - delirious at having survived the aural ordeal. And that's just when "The Shape" wakes up.

NOTE: Due to demand, to ensure everyone is able to complete their HALLOWEEN 1-5 vinyl collection, we will open up HALLOWEEN 2 up for pre-order if the initial pressing sells out.

 


 

DEATH WALTZ RECORDING CO.
Halloween III: The Season of The Witch - Original Soundtrack (Pre-Order). Music by John Carpenter & Alan Howarth. Artwork by Alan Hynes. Pressed on Witch mask (Green and Black colour-in-colour) & Skeleton mask vinyl (Cloudy Clear and Black color-in-color). $32 NOTE: This item is a pre-order. All orders containing this item will not ship until January 2019. 

Death Waltz Recording Co., is delighted to revisit not only one of our favorite HALLOWEEN sequels, but one of our favorite sequels period. It's been a long, hard road for HALLOWEEN III: THE SEASON OF THE WITCH to be accepted within the HALLOWEEN franchise, but it is now widely considered to be one of the best horror movies of the '80s.

The film is unique not only due to it lacking Michael Myers (save for a brief appearance on a TV screen) but also for its score. John Carpenter and Alan Howarth completely jettisoned their previous work and deliver nothing short of an electronic masterpiece. The lead track 'Chariots Of Pumpkins' is an epic 4/4 beat-driven synth-banger that has regularly been played by DJs over the last 10 years. The rest of the score features lush pads, Linn drums aplenty and veers from beautiful blissed-out ambient drones to sinister stinger-driven mood pieces. Absolutely outstanding stuff.

 


Michael Myers Enamel Pin
Designed by Matt Ryan Tobin
1.5" in Height on 2"x3" Backing
Expected to Ship in October 2018
$10

DISTRIBUTED TITLES

DISTRIBUTED TITLES
Night of the Living Dead 1990 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP. Distributed by Strange Disc Records. Mondo exclusive pressed on 2x180g black & white swirl vinyl (350 copies worldwide). $28 
Note: This item is a pre-order and is released October 31st 2018.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) is a remake of George Romero’s 1968 zombie classic of the same name. Directed by Tom Savini, the film stars iconic horror actors Tony Todd (Candyman), Tom Towles (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) & Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). 

Savini was initially hired to perform the special effects, but was persuaded to direct by Romero who also rewrote the original 1968 screenplay and gave his seal of approval. Scoring duties were handled by writer-composer-actor Paul McCollough (known for his work on Midnight, The Crazies, Santa Claws, etc). Whilst the original film was mostly stock soundtrack, the score in Savini’s version is more 'Carpenter-esque' and the synth provides some very eerie effects used brilliantly throughout out the film.Paul delivers a frightening and disturbing (in all the right ways) score here…giving it an atmosphere of creepy supernatural darkness and a feeling of impacting doom. Listener beware … you won't be able to listen to this without having to look behind your shoulder! 

DISTRIBUTED TITLES
DIE HEXEN - Garden Of Unearthly Delights.
Released by Burning Witches Records. Pressed on on Black heavyweight vinyl. Edition of 300. Expected to Ship in 5 - 7 Business Days. $27

David Holmes was drawn to DIE HEXEN by their “magical sensibility that has both shades of dark and light, which is something that always appeals to me in music.” After featuring in his edition of the famed Late Night Tales compilation with a take on the original suicide song ‘Gloomy Sunday,’ DIE HEXEN returns to expand upon their dark ambient journey towards transcendence with an eagerly awaited debut album. DIE HEXEN’s genre eschewing synth-driven compositions draw inspiration from the disturbing beauty of Hieronymus Bosch’s artwork and several brushes with death, evoking a spirit who traverses realms of the underworld to bring forth knowledge of an ancient past and in doing so, revealing the not so distant future.

DISTRIBUTED TITLES
Daniel Davies - Events Score.
Released by Burning Witches Records. Pressed on Twisted Stripe color vinyl. Includes download card. Limited to 500. Expected to Ship in 5 - 7 Business Days. $28

Events Score, is an eight-song collection of otherworldly instrumentals that expands on the musician’s distinct talent for wringing modernistic soundscapes from vintage synths. Perhaps best known for his role as a collaborator and co-writer on horror auteur John Carpenter’s recent HALLOWEEN score, Lost Themes and Anthology albums (as well as a pillar of his live band’s subsequent tours), Events Score marks Davies’ first proper solo album. 

"Delicious atmosphere spliced with elevated horror and suspense, Davies offers an analog-synth score for an imagined horror film right at home with the best of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream." -Aaron Lupton, Music Editor, Rue Morgue Magazine

STILL AVAILABLE

HALLOWEEN 4 & 5 + Slipcase

To celebrate 40 years of the HALLOWEEN franchise, Death Waltz Recording Co., is thrilled to bring you a newly re-mastered version of the score to HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS on vinyl for the first time in 30 years in addition to HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS both re-mastered by composer Alan Howarth. We have also produced a slipcase featuring artwork by Mike Saputo that ALL FIVE releases will sit in. It's absolutely stunning! The slipcase will ship free to anyone who buys the HALLOWEEN 4 and 5 bundle. $60