Death Waltz Recording Company offers up a first time vinyl pressing of Daniele Patucchi's score to Franco Prosperi's (Mondo Cane) bona fide Italian horror masterpiece Wild Beasts. Released in 1984 the story sees a batch of PCP leaked into a zoo's water supply infecting the animals who band together and rise up to destroy their captors. It's one of the greatest nature run amok films ever made and is in turn thrilling, revolting, scary and hilarious.
Patucchi is one of the most underrated Italian composers but Death Waltz is intent on changing that with several release lined up for 2017-18. His work here undercuts the wild action and is actually quite somber in tone, armed with a battery of synthesizers and processed animal effects he manages to craft a score that is a world away from the usual Italian soundtracks that graced films in this period. Long droning bass tones underpin some sumptuous sax and some back breaking synth drums literally destroy everything in their path.
This score may require a little patience, but spend some time with it and you'll begin to love it for the chances it takes! 180g vinyl housed inside a 425gsm gloss varnished gatefold jacket. All new art by Luke Insect.