Adamennon - Le Nove Ombre Del Caos (CD Boring Machines)

What is better than getting scared by a horror movie? Being scared by a horror movie that only exists in your mind. This is what Adam Van Maledict, AKA Adamennon, has done on the album ‘Le Nove Ombre Del Caos’. Instead of scoring an actual horror film, he has scored one he wrote, but never made.  

‘Le Nove Ombre Del Caos’ opens with a level of tensions and never drops below it throughout it is 53 minutes duration. With each track the terror and tension get ratcheted up. Just like a real soundtrack we are taken on an emotional rollercoaster through peaks and troughs. The peaks are when the album comes alive.  

For all his ability to terrify, the standout track is ‘La Caduta Nel Perpetuo Oblio’ (Fall into Perpetual Oblivion). Here instead of delivering gargantuan organ swells, he uses an understated piano run. There are references to Goblin’s ‘Suspiria Theme’, but Van Maledict is a bit more subtle with the delivery. What is not subtle is the melody. It jumps out of the speakers and lodges itself in your brain, like a poker scene in Mad Love.  

What makes ‘Le Nove Ombre Del Caos’ even more glorious is that there is no film. We have no way of knowing how these songs would reflect action on screen. Instead we are left to imagine what is happening in the film. This is Van Maledict, and ‘Le Nove Ombre Del Caos’, masterstroke. The title loosely translates to The Nine Shadows of Chaos. Does this mean that each song is a different vignette, like Tales from the Crypt, or is each song the story arc of a character? We will never know 

Every time you play the album the scenes in your head are slightly different. At times it is a straight slasher film, other times there are supernatural elements at play. Others it is full one monster movie or a low budget 70s Hammer Horror. What is always constant are the levels of terror. Van Maledict is a master at tone. He knows exactly what he is after and how to get the required levels of chills. But what makes ‘Le Nove Ombre Del Caos’ truly enjoyable, are the melodies throughout. If the album had just been a fake score to a fake film, it is appeal would have vanished quickly, but Van Maledict has delivered something that feels real and at times more tangible than actual horror scores. Which is the most terrifying, and enjoying, thing about it. NR