"The Fearless Vampire Killers"

By Dark Starr

This is a pretty intriguing set. Frank Badenhop is the mastermind here. What he did is quite amazing. First, he got the soundtrack to the old Roman Polanski film "The Fearless Vampire Killers". That movie has emerged as a cult favorite of dark humor over the last few decades and is known for featuring gorgeous Sharon Tate not long before her infamous murder at the hands of the Manson family.He transcribed the original music, note for note. Then he made his own arrangements. He even went so far as to bring in music from such sources as Iron Maiden, Uriah Heep, Slayer and Judas Priest. Then he recruited a lot of musicians to put this thing together. It could be argued that it’s heavy metal and that's a valid point. Cuts like "Krolock", "Into the Cellar" and "Persecution" all grind away with powerful heaviness and even pure thrash at times

 Personally, I think there are too many other sounds here to lump it as strictly metal, though. Symphonic and prog elements are prevalent throughout. Take a listen to "Koukoi", where a feeling of King Crimson and fusion predominates. The song "Portraits" starts in a metal mode but evolves into absolutely one of the coolest Celtic sounding music jams I've heard. There's also some neo-classical sounding guitar in the Yngwie vein that emerges from time to time. And yet with all these various rock and metal elements, the album still maintains its fidelity to the original "Fearless Vampire Killers" theme music. 

However you slice it, though, this is quite an unusual and effective set. It's a true novelty worth picking up!