Goblin Rebirth – The Safari Explores Italian Prog Again!

Goblin Rebirth – Rock Progressivo Italiano • Italy


It seems that lately I have been enjoying more and more bands that fall into the sub-genre of Rock Progressivo Italiano (See Armonite, Unreal City). The latest one is Goblin Rebirth. Their self-titled debut album has been in my rotation for a few days. It was even the soundtrack for a walk yesterday, back from the garage that was repairing my daughter’s car! It is a really good instrumental album.

Since the album was self-titled i thought Goblin Rebirth was a new band!! Wrong!! In reality they are what the name suggests, the rebirth of the band Goblin,whose roots go back to the mid-70s when  they collaboratied with Italian master of horror Dario Argento, scoring, a number of  Argento’s horror films such as ‘Profondo Rosso,’ ‘Zombi’ and ‘Suspiria.’ Goblin achieved immense success from this collaboration and achieved a legeneday status. The majority of their  music is heavy and moody with a Pink Floyd feel. The centerpiece of the band in the early years was the outstanding keyboard work of Claudio Simonett  Throughout the years in addition to the lastest reincarnation as Goblin Rebirth,,  the band has also been known as: Back to the Goblin, New Goblin,the Goblin Keys and Claudio Simonetti‘s Goblin!

The revived Goblin Rebirth line-up features former Gobin members drummer Agostino Marangolo and bassist Fabio Pignatelli . In a post at Loudwire,com titled  Italian Rock Legends Goblin Rebirth to Release New Album . The band relates the following:

“It was clear to us from the start that we wanted to do an album that in some way evolved from the original Goblin sound but also took a new direction reflecting the personalities of all the band members,” says the band. “The pieces all fell together to make up a story that loosely describes the destruction and rebirth of a strange creature. This is itself a loose metaphor referring to the band history.

Goblin RebirthGoblin Rebirth’s Musician Line-up

Bass – Fabio Pignatelli
Drums – Agostino Marangolo
Keyboards – Aidan Zammit
Keyboards – Danilo Cherni
Guitars – Giacomo Anselmi

Bottom Line – Goblin Rebirth is a consistently interesting and great album and band. There’s a little bit of everything on the album and it made a great soundtrack for my walk and I do believe that the same could be said about a run, hum, I think that I;ll have to test out that theory!!  Rating:***

Links for Further Explorations of Goblin Rebirth


Here’s the Official Video for the opening track of Goblin Rebirth “Requiem for X”…