Posted on August 31, 2020
Assault On Precinct 13/Dark Star by Alan Howarth
This record includes music from John Carpenter’s 1976 cult classic ‘Assault On Precinct 13‘ and his debut movie’Dark Star’ from 1974. Given that one movie is a police station siege play and the other one is a profound space thriller, it is probably best that people divide the two movies, both initially written by Carpenter and examine them into isolation.
‘Assault On Precinct 13’ is the principal attraction so let us start with that. For the ones that have not seen the movie, it insures a LA street gang which decides to wage war on the authorities. They begin with a little precinct along with a depleted police force must operate with a few vicious criminals to be able to survive.
‘Targets — Ice Cream Man’ which comes with a melodic jingle jars since it moves contrary to the bass of their first four monitors. As the track progresses, the jingles are combined by the bass and it is practically frightening.
Regardless of the contemporary re-working, the paths retain their seventies sound like’Properly’s Flight’ and title track’Assault On Precinct 13′. In equity, to modernise them could be marginally sacrilege, since the tone caught the dire mood perfectly.
‘Dark Star’ is an intriguing creature. A cross between drama and humor, it reveals the consequences of two years in deep space and how it can drive someone round the bend.
Featuring a lot of computer effects which were likely innovative back into the seventies, the’Dark Star’ part of this record is a mixture of irreverent and reflective, particularly in’Doolittle’s Solo’.
We ramble back into the Carpenter we understand and love ‘Pinback Along With The Mascot’ that reveals the manager flexing his hitting scoring muscles.
‘The Bomb Has Something To Say’ is filled with organs and synth and recreate the climax of the movie. Eventually,’Benson Arizona’ from Dominik Hauser is entirely from left field, similar to’Dark Star’ itself.
The two soundtracks were rather tough to encounter for several years so I am convinced John Carpenter fans will rejoice they’ve been given a makeover by Alan Howarth.
Howarth is no stranger to Carpenter’s job, having worked with him on’Escape From New York’ and’Halloween II’. That is not to mention he simply knows the large JC’s work. He has also worked on’Star Trek: The Motion Picture’,”Poltergeist’,”Total Recall’ and this reviewer’s personal favorite,’Army Of Darkness’.