By Dr. Abner Mality

Just in time for Halloween comes this collection of eerie 80’s horror soundtrack worship from Slasher Dave, the mastermind of Acid Witch. There’s always been a strong subculture of metal fans that worship creepy synth soundscapes by the likes of John Carpenter and Goblin and that’s exactly the audience that “Frights” is intended for. If you got a ton of old Vestron horror VHS tapes moldering in your crypt, you’ll get a ton of nostalgic enjoyment from this.

Word of warning, though. Do not expect any heavy metal. Although guitar occasionally pops up, it is very much an afterthought. Dave lets his analog synth fly free here. One thing I like about “Frights” is that all the tunes are right to the point and have a strong beat. No droning 10 minute soundscapes here. Dave also wears his influences on his sleeve with song titles like “Fulzzi”, “Video 1 (Late Fees)” and “Strobe Room”. Movie samples also make their way into these tunes, but Dave doesn’t go overboard with them, which also happens on similar projects.

If you’re looking for a soundtrack to your own haunted house or Halloween party, this will fit the bill and then some!