Music Review: Dante Tomaselli’s Out-of-Body Experience (2019)

July 4, 2019

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Maestro of the macabre, Dante Tomaselli, returns with another full on sensory experience designed to transport your consciousness beyond the veil of reality in the form of his latest CD release; Out of Body Experience.

While most known as a diabolical director of nightmare inducing, surrealist fright flicks, Dante can put the terror tickle on the ol’ ivories as well…and the spell he weaves at his sinister synths is every bit as full of arcane ambiance as his monstrous motion pictures.

While Tomaselli’s previous releases (Nightmare, The Doll, Scream in the Dark, and Witches respectively), Out of Body Experience has more of a melodic approach and tells a semi-autobiographical story of Tomaselli’s childhood (circa the years 1979 – 1982) in the video game saturated suburbia many of us called home in our youth.

Hidden among the various tunes (17 in total) are tones that could easily have come from a vintage arcade cabinet or home console; and the effect this adds helps to propel the sonic narrative…a narrative that details a escape from reality into world of fantasy (represented by those flickering cathode rays we doubtless all worshiped if you are of the proper age) where the soul can travel as it wishes, even if our physical forms remain a prisoner of the mundane (or even unpleasant) day to day existence.

As with Tomaselli’s previous releases, I can’t recommend Out of Body Experience enough; this is a dark journey into a realm of nostalgia refreshingly not viewed through rose-tinted glasses…and one well worth taking (and it goes without saying I’d love to get a fright flick based off from this)!

 

 

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