Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, Neo-Classic.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Rob Benny is operating from New York (USA) where he set up Cucurbitophobia in 2018. His music is inspired by his favorite horror movies and video games.
Content: This newest album features 9 compositions, which from start on are reminding me of the typical classical-driven piano playing from old horror movies. Cucurbitophobia creates a delicate, but obscure mix of Neo-Classic and pure cinematographic music. The work is instrumental although sometimes reinforced by some chants while there’s a constant sensation of nearby evil.
+ + + : The goal of Rob Benny is totally accomplished by this work. He definitely might apply as soundtrack composer for horror films. It’s approach and style aren’t new at all, but he accomplished his production with style and you can feel the passion coming through. The piano creates this particular sphere, which has a strong visual appeal.
– – – : Only the images are missing from this production! Some passages are maybe a little bit monotonous, but globally speaking this work has something to offer.
Conclusion: This album sounds as a perfect alternative to the usual Dark-Ambient releases; this is a different- although related style.
Best songs: “Subortus: Excludunt Ab Inferis”, “The Infinite Abyss”, “Exordium”.
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