Massimo Morante, founder and guitarist of Italian prog-rock project Goblin has died. “With great pain and disbelief we are forced to announce that Massimo Morante, the founder and irreplaceable guitarist of Goblin, has left us today,” the band wrote in Facebook. Morante is 70 years old.
Morante founded Goblin with Claudio Simonetti in 1973, and they went to London to record their first album. Their label, Cinevox, put the group in contact with director Dario Argento, who was working on his 1975 film Deep Red. The band produced the Deep Red soundtrack, and has once again claborated with Argento for Sigh. The band has won awards for their terrific complements to Argento’s work, especially in Sigh.
Goblin has another great horror-soundtrack highlight in their contribution to George A. Romeroof Dawn of the Dead in 1978. While Goblin continued to make records, Morante began producing solo material in the late 1970s, following Below in 1980 and troubled in 1982
Morante has continued to perform with Goblin and over the years as the group constantly changes characters. He last joined Goblin for 2018’s No Fear (37513 Zombie Ave.). That same year, Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti led a tour demonstrated the Sigh scores at film screenings. (Thom Yorke scored Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of the film.)