With the Halloween season approaching, we get swarmed with anything remotely connected with horror, fear, ghosts… In most cases devoid of any real connection with either fear, ghosts or horror in any shape or form.
Music is no exception. There is the reissue of fun horror titles, that don’t really incur any sort of fear or horror dominance. Maybe because it is all aimed at kids and not adults, who at these times actually have quite a few things to be scared of including what awaits their kids in the future.
Italian composer/artist Daniele Vergine is usually a member of the Post-Metal/Dissonant Black-Metal band Noise Trail Immersion, so in that manner, he deals with horror and fear in his music probably on a daily basis.
This time around though, he has decided to deal with these subject matters through his dark ambient project Abiura, where his latest release has quite a Halloween-like title – ‘Hauntology.’
No lightly-flavoured horror or fear here though. And Vergine explains it in his own words:
“I would describe this album as my own personal attempt to face Modernity and at least try to escape it through art, by representing the Real in musical terms.
“Hauntology is a concept album constructed as a 31 minute long track, split into 6 different sections unified by one common leitmotif that inspired the whole work: the theme of late capitalism and its pervasive effects on the human being. The different sections of the album are metaphorically the stages of a journey through the ‘ghosts’ of the 21st century, the lost futures that are tormenting us and which are preventing us to imagine different realities, by locking us in a cultural impasse.
“I tried to represent the haunting ‘uneasiness’ of this dilemma through this album.”
If you go by just what Vergine says, it might sound a bit pretentious and over the top, but actually, throughout his musical concept here, he is able to incur all the emotions he went for in Hauntology. A dark, but engaging and fruitful experience. Use this one as your Halloween soundtrack this year.