All Hallows’ II is a full-length studio album by transatlantic synthesists Robin Ogden (OGRE) and Dallas Campbell. The sequel builds upon the previous instalment of All Hallows’: slasher synth chase sequences, atmospheres laden with powerful dread and eerie soundscapes score a true horror story, track by track, to a thrilling and cinematic conclusion. All Hallows’ II is a conceptual narrative journey into cults and the occult, unfeeling cosmic horrors, and the unplumbed darkness of the human condition.
Despite living 3594 miles apart, and having never met in person, Robin and Dallas collaborate online by the combined powers of FaceTime, Dropbox and Sid Meier’s Civilization V, sharing a passion for all things analog, tape machines and esoteric vintage synths. All Hallows’ II draws on the duos combined nostalgia for the halcyon years of Carpenter and Goblin-esc soundtracks, cheap horror movies and sweet synth scores. The soundtrack is the fourth instalment of their many transatlantic collaborations, and builds upon their last horror outing, a re-score of George Romero’s classic Night Of The Living Dead on Grammy winning soundtrack label Lakeshore Records (Stranger Things, Drive etc.).
The accompanying story could be ripped from the pages of Weird Tales and is a delicious throwback to the slow-burn pulp horror movies of yester-decades. For fans of the weird and eerie, Lovecraftian horrors, Cronenberg’s early works and immersive fiction, All Hallows’ II is an ambitious work of deep fiction told through a series of found artefacts: coroner’s reports, newspaper clippings and ominous bloodstained notes. The synopsis reads: “35 years ago, police discovered the remains of over a dozen former patients in the sub-basement of an alternative healthcare facility, The Shepard Institute For Psionic Inquiry. All Hallows’ II is the story of investigative journalist Ellis Ledstone, and Shepard’s other victims, whose bodies was never found.”
All Hallows’ II includes the unaltered case files of the events of 1983. The onus is on the reader to stitch together the narrative and come to their own conclusions about the mysterious events of 1983 and what really happened at The Shepard Institute For Psionic Inquiry, by examining the interviews, reports and artefacts, which are included both digitally with the release and physically with physical versions of the soundtrack.
The soundtrack features 24 tracks and will be released both digitally and on cassette with a special edition physical package of All Hallows' II including a hard print copy of the story component and a 'found artefact' meditation cassette. A separate selection of B-sides and cuts entitled: All Hallows’ II: Coda will follow the release.
Praise for OGRE & Dallas Campbell:
“As an exercise in pure immersion in a genre, this is pretty much perfection. The only imaginary synth horror soundtrack you’ll ever need.” – the Quietus
“The international duo love the Berlin school of synthesizer music and cheesy horror flicks, and they curate the perfect sounds from a panoply of MOOGs, Korgs, Farfisas, and more.” – Bandcamp
“If you’re into the recent trend of synth with horror influences then this is going to be right up your alley!” – Bloody Disgusting