CD Review: STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM soundtrack

STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM soundtrack | ©2013 Azeroth Music

WORLD OF WARCRAFT‘s band of scoring brothers Neal Acree, Glenn Stafford, Derek Duke and Russell Brower get their sci-fi grlll power on for the Queen of Blade’s great escape in this score to STARCRAFT II: HEART OF THE SWARM that accompanies the expansion pack of WINGS OF LIBERTY. Its exceptional cut scenes generate one of the more crazily stylized scores for the genre, starting off by mashing a galaxy-spanning orchestra by way of the grunge sensibility of its sword and spine-slinging heroine. Sarah Kerrigan’s treated like an ersatz Lisbeth Salander, bringing on the lizard beast hurt with industrial metal rock […]Read On »

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CD Review: WORLD OF WARCRAFT – MISTS OF PANDARIA soundtrack

WORLD OF WARCRAFT: MISTS OF PANDARIA soundtrack | ©2012 Blizzard Entertainment

While there’s no doubt that what’s left of my life would be gone if I fully ventured into the WORLD OF WARCRAFT, the scores for these games are certainly a journey well worth taking for listeners who want to submerge themselves into fantasy music environments. Like such mythic cinematic score quests as Howard Shore’s LORD OF THE RINGS, these various extensions of WARCRAFT keep adding to the complexity of what will likely be an eternally expanding tapestry of dungeons and dragons. Now the landscape goes beyond the “ethnic” qualities of fantastical good and evil characters to encompass a real-world land […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CATACLYSM soundtrack

THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CATACLYSM soundtrack | ©2011 Azeroth Music

While I don’t know if I’ll ever be a WORLD OF WARCRAFT addict in line for a pwn’ing, there are certainly enough gigantic stylings on this album to suck in a game music novice, let alone anyone who appreciates operatic fantasy scoring. That’s fitting for a CATACLYSM which unleashes a dragon who’d give Smaug a run for his money into WOW’s massive on-line universe, allowing the composing team of Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Neal Acree, David Arkenstone and Glenn Stafford to suit up in ragingly melodic armor. CATACLYSM is awash in a thrilling tone familiar to anyone who’s ever imagined […]Read On »

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