World Mourns Goblin Guitarist Massimo Morante’s Passing at 69
With the most profound sorrow, we must inform you of the Italian guitarist and co-founder of the band Goblin, Massimo Morante’s passing on June 23, 2022. He left this world at the age of 69. May he rest in peace.
He was born on October 6, 1952. Between 1975 and 1978 the band Goblin, rose to fame, working with Argento in 1977’s and making songs brought them huge success. Profondo Rosso would sell over a million copies and spent 52 weeks on the Italian charts.
Keyboardist Claudio Simonetti was Morante’s co-founder. They launched the Italian prog-rock band Cherry Five in 1973, eventually recruiting bassist Fabio Pignatelli, vocalist Tony Tartarini, and drummer Carlo Bordini — though the lineup would go through many iterations over the years as they became Goblin.
Morante and his bandmates had the chance to collaborate with director Dario Argento on the soundtrack to his 1975 film Deep Red (or PThis track Rofundo Rosso, in Italian) as Goblin when they were recording their first album as Cherry Five.
This title achieved a lot of honors like reaching the top of the charts in Italy, and this success led to Goblin crafting the soundtracks to 1977’s Suspiria, 1978’s Martin, and 1978’s The Bloodstained Shadow, and working with directors like Brunco Corbucci, Antonio Bido, and Luigi Cozzi.
In 1978, they released their album called ”Zombi” which made them well-known to American audiences and was made for George A. Romero’s horror classic Dawn of the Dead.
In the late ’70s, he start a new part of his career and worked and sang as a solo artist. Also, he released albums such as the 1980s ”Abbasso” and 1982’s ”Corpo a Corpo”.
Throughout the rest of the 2010s, Goblin performed and recorded some songs, all while competing with other offshoots and incarnations of the group like Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, Daemonia, Goblin Rebirth, and The Goblin Keys. Last album that the band released with Morante was 2018’s Fearless (37513 Zombie Ave).
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People React to Massimo Morante’s Passing
In a short Facebook post, his bandmates shared his death news: “Goblin announce with a heavy heart and in total disbelief the passing of founder and guitar master Massimo Morante.”
Valerie who is Morante’s daughter added in her own social media post: “It is with indescribable pain, a pain that trumps words, that breaks the breath and hammer the heart, that I announce the death of my father, Massimo Morante.”
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Peter Walker shared on Twitter: ”RIP Massimo Morante, the guitarist in Goblin, seen here in his cherubic youth. Without their scores, the impact of Argento’s Suspiria and Deep Red (and a number of other director’s films) would be severely reduced.”
”Farewell to the great Massimo Morante. Back in 2013, we booked Goblin when we had nothing but an idea and name. They played three sold-out shows, burnt Hollywood to the ground, and birthed the People’s Republic. Thank you and rest easy, Maestro, we wouldn’t exist without you.” Beyond Fest send his condolence.
Tom Reagan’s Hat shared on social media: ”RIP Massimo Morante, guitarist & co-founder of prog-rock band Goblin. They created one of the most nerve-jangling film scores ever for Dario Argento’s Suspiria. My classes were scared and stupid by it. They sounded like nothing else on Earth.”
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