Boomkat Product Review:
Almost too good to be true this one: FK reissue of Eric Fereman's hardly-known but gripping soundtrack to an ill-fated 1983 Belgian horror flick produced by a teenaged Amsterdam Mafia kingpin. You should be salivating already!
We'll leave the full background story to Gerd De Wilde's excellent liner notes but, safe to say it's one of their most far-fetched…
As far as our research tells us, The Antwerp Killer was Feremans' sole release, despite the fact that he something of a synth celebrity in Belgium, appearing on national TV and collaborating with Alpha Brussels studio pioneer Karel Goeyvaerts (former subject of Dead-Cert reissue), hence the fact that the LP ain't cheap on the 2nd hand market.
So, what's it sound like? Purely electronic for a start, and very Belgian to boot. It was all created on Fereman's self-built modular system, and therefore posssess and innately unique timbre but, it's the economy of darkness that really gets us; managing to convey skin-prickling sensations and blank-eyed synth stare in the main Theme without the more overblown themes you might possibly expect from, say, Italian horror scores from the same era, whilst also shot thru with a whacked-out, hi-percentage drunkenness in the likes of Beat and Hippy Song or the psychotomimetic screwball, Cathedral Bloody Lady.