God of War Trilogy Soundtrack

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God of War Trilogy Soundtrack
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Composed by Cris Velasco / Gerard K. Marino / Jeff Rona / Mike Reagan / Ron Fish / Winifred Phillips
Published by Sony
Release type Game Soundtrack - Promo / Enclosure
Format 3 CD
Release date March 17, 2010
Duration 02:44:37
Genres Ambient: Dark
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Overview

Released as part of the God of War III Ultimate Trilogy Edition the God of War Trilogy Soundtrack is a compilation album of all three soundtracks from the series. This set features music from the series' resident composers Gerard Marino, Mike Reagan, Ron Fish, and Cris Velasco, as well as God of War guest Winifred Philips and God of War III contributor Jeff Rona. This set of orchestral scores is certainly stunning, and comes as a great addition to any die-hard fan's collection, but sadly isn't available for purchase outside of the God of War III Ultimate Trilogy Edition. In that respect, hopefully this review will guide you into which album from the series to buy.

Body

The first disc features music from the God of War Soundtrack, the first score for the series. First up, Gerard Marino's tracks use some very hard-hitting instrumentation to create an aggressive soundscape. Two of Marino's tracks which really stick out are the creatively developed "Kratos and the Sea" and "The Story of Chronos," so certainly give those tracks a listen! It's true to say that Mike Reagan and Ron Fish create similarly powerful sounds too, but rather, they focus on ethnic instrumentation rather than melodic exploration. Two tracks worth listening to are Mike Reagan's "Mind the Cyclops" and Ron Fish's "Pandoran Cyclopes Attack."" Mind the Cyclops" features some chilling instrumentation, with a low threatening choir being its best part, whereas "Pandoran Cyclopes Attack" is one of the disc's more surprising themes with its fast paced drum line and constant orchestral hits.

Though Reagan and Marino contribute the most themes to the disc, their fellow composers each have a couple of impacting tracks, and earn their place. Though each theme on the disc is orchestral, each composer utilises their main strength to create a good selection of diverse themes. Cris Velasco's contributions for example, are of the more melodic variety, and of course this is where his strengths lie too. His three themes, "Zeus' Wrath Divine," "Hades God of the Underworld" and "Minotaur Boss Battle" are each well melodically developed, with the latter perhaps being the most striking and memorable in and out of context. Winifred Philips too creates a few melodic gems, but mostly relies on ambience in her compositions. "Exploring the Ruins" and "The Underwater World of Poseidon" are her two strongest themes, mostly due to the mysterious vibe that they emanate.

Despite the use of orchestral motifs being apparent throughout the soundtrack, the composers seem to have fortunately avoided producing a never ending dullness of tracks, as may have otherwise been expected. Rather, their collective musical knowhow makes way for a large number of well-developed orchestral themes, with a noticeable creative use of ancient and ethnic instrumentation. This disc provides a good opening to this compilation album, and provides a strong starting point for the following scores in the series

Following the accomplished God of War Soundtrack the God of War II Official Soundtrack is represented on the second disc. Gerard Marino's hard-hitting aggressive orchestrations get us underway with "God of War II - Main Titles," an awe-inspiring balance of strength and melody. He also contributes a few fast paced bass-centred tracks in the form of "The End Begins," "Crossing the Lowlands," and "Colossus of Rhodes," akin to what can be heard in the first soundtrack. He does surprise us though with his fantastically developed "The Way of the Gods" which contains one of this disc's most gripping melodies and string-choir interactions. That said, it doesn't compare to Cris Velasco's melodic and impacting contributions. The composer has evolved with this selection of powerful themes, the most notable of which is "The Isle of Creation" — with one of the album's strongest melodies played on strings and followed by a dangerous brass section, the track is an amazing adventure.

A composer who does surprise us is Ron Fish, who seems to have adopted Winifred Phillips' ambient style with his ominous contributions. "The Summit of Sacrifice" is a good example of this, with its quaint flute and guitar introduction, before leading us into an ominous section led by brass. "Atlas" is by far my favourite composition from Fish, with its creative use of strings, silence, oboe, and reverberation. Unlike Fish, Mike Reagan's style doesn't seem to have taken upon any different characteristics to his God of War contributions, just except he no longer relies on ethnic instrumentation. Although this removes distinctive character from his tracks, and makes them sound much like Marino's themes, it does allow Reagan to further develop upon his orchestral motifs. "Battle for the Skies" and "The Glory of Sparta" are his best, and are actually better than his earlier work, simply because he introduces some musical clarity.

Overall, God of War II a strong soundtrack, and comes in at a par with the first. Once more we are graced with a wide variety of ominous orchestral pieces, but the difference this time is that each composer seems a little more distinctive: Velasco has created more impacting tones, Fish has become more ambient, Reagan has moved on from his ethnic roots, and Marino's now even more aggressive. By the looks of it, this group of composers certainly seem to be heading somewhere, and this can be further assessed, just by looking at the next disc.

The last disc presents us with the music from the God of War III Original Soundtrack, which once more features music from Marino, Fish, Reagan, and Velasco, but also with three themes from newcomer Jeff Rona. Gerard Marino once more contributes the most tracks, in his typical aggressive and powerful orchestral style. The good thing though, is that Marino also seems to integrate a couple of stunning melodies within his themes, most notably in the fast-paced "Poseidon's Wrath" and the ambient "Revenge Falling." The latter can be best described as a musical rollercoaster, and one without any safety rails either.

Mike Reagan's contributions to the soundtrack almost seem pitifully few in comparison to Marino's, with just four new themes featuring on the album. Nonetheless, the themes we do hear from him are still worthy, and are by no means any worse in quality than what can be heard from the other composers — if anything, they are amongst the strongest! It is "In the Face of Fear" though which I find to be his most compelling track. The bold, aggressive manner stemming from this theme coupled with Reagan's strongest melody results in a powerful musical blend, with the emphasis placed on creating that ever so important ominous aura. Ron Fish, too, is just as successful, and seems to dabble with both ambient and power-driven themes. "The Lost Souls" is probably the best of his ambient tracks, but really, he succeeds more with his powerful ones. "The March of Tartarus," for example, appeals with its lavish string development and rising sequences.

Newcomer, Jeff Rona also has a similarly small contribution to the soundtrack as Reagan, but these are certainly impacting and imaginative. "Lure of a Goddess" is his most inspiring and unique composition, using ethnic instrumentation to create some fascinating imagery. The melody is this track's strong point, and it almost seems to guide itself, weaving in and out of Rona's sturdy accompaniment. It is Cris Velasco once more though who comes out as the king of melodies. Velasco's "Pandora's Song" is arguably the best track on this disc, with its success stemming from the carefully crafted coming together of all instruments involved in the main melody. It's stunningly beautiful in context too.

As expected, the final disc on this compilation (the God of War III Original Soundtrack) is the best of all three. With each composer providing consistently powerful tracks, decent melodies, and hard-hitting backdrops, it's hard to find a flaw at all. Considering the origins of the music for this series, it is interesting to note that it has actually come a long way, despite not really changing so much in style. It's clear that each composer has realised their strengths by this stage, and so they have successfully created themes in which these strengths are focused upon.

Summary

The God of War Trilogy Soundtrack is certainly the best way to experience the series' musical development, and allows the listener to see how the composers have developed over time. With the more recent God of War III Original Soundtrack featuring the best music in the series — and the God of War Soundtrack featuring the weakest — it's pretty obvious that there's a case of natural progression going on in the series. You'll find it hard to get your hands on this set of discs, though, and hence it's probably better suggest to purchase the albums separately. Of course, this isn't ideal especially since the first is digital-only, but you will have three more albums in your game music collection for your efforts.



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Comes with the God of War III Ultimate Trilogy Edition.

CD 1:
Gerard Marino (01, 02, 08~11, 23)
Mike Reagan (03~06)
Winifred Phillips (07, 17, 19, 22)
Ron Fish (13~15)
Cris Velasco (16, 18, 20)
Mike Reagan & Winifred Phillips (12)
Mike Reagan & Cris Velasco (21)

CD 2:
Gerard Marino (01, 03, 04, 06, 07, 11, 18, 22, 24)
Mike Reagan (02, 05, 08, 10, 17, 23)
Cris Velasco (09, 12, 15, 21)
Ron Fish (13, 14, 16, 19, 20)

CD 3:
Gerard Marino (01~04, 12, 22, 24)
Jeff Rona (05, 11, 16)
Ron Fish (06, 08~10, 17)
Mike Reagan (07, 18, 20, 23)
Cris Velasco (13~15, 19, 21)

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Album was composed by Cris Velasco / Gerard K. Marino / Jeff Rona / Mike Reagan / Ron Fish / Winifred Phillips and was released on March 17, 2010. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than 2 hours. Album was released by Sony.

Sounds like Ambient - that's what we can say about this album.

CD 1

1
The Vengeful Spartan
01:23
2
Kratos And The Sea
02:23
3
The Splendor Of Athens
02:11
4
Ares Destroys Athens
01:15
5
Mind The Cyclops
02:11
6
Athenian Battle
03:09
7
Exploring The Ruins
02:04
8
Athens Rooftops Fighting
02:41
9
Save The Oracle Challenge
01:37
10
Kratos' Evil Past
02:02
11
The Story Of Cronos
01:19
12
Battle The Lethal Sirens
02:30
13
The Temple Of Pandora
00:38
14
Pandoran Cyclopes Attack
01:44
15
The Architect's Mysteries
02:02
16
Zeus' Wrath Divine
03:06
17
The Underwater World Of Poseidon
03:06
18
Minotaur Boss Battle
01:59
19
Pandora's Box
01:02
20
Hades, God Of The Underworld
01:15
21
Duel With Ares
02:24
22
Enthroned On Mount Olympus
01:59
23
God Of War End Title
03:35

CD 2

1
God of War II-Main Titles
02:56
2
The Glory Of Sparta
03:07
3
The Way Of The Gods
02:12
4
Colossus Of Rhodes
02:05
5
The Bathhouse
02:04
6
Death Of Kratos
04:03
7
The End Begins
01:54
8
Typhon Mountain
03:15
9
Waking The Sleeping Giant
01:49
10
Battle For The Skies
02:15
11
Exploring The Isle
02:18
12
The Isle Of Creation
03:19
13
The Summit Of Sacrifice
02:32
14
An Audience With Cronos
02:06
15
The Barbarian King Returns
02:00
16
Bog Of Lost Souls
02:20
17
Battle In The Bog
02:01
18
Crossing The Lowlands
02:03
19
Atlas
03:35
20
Palace Of The Fates
02:45
21
Phoenix Rising
02:09
22
Ashen Spire
01:01
23
Athena
00:57
24
The Battle For Olympus
03:09

CD 3

1
God Of War III Overture
03:37
2
Call To Arms
02:41
3
Poseidon's Wrath
02:33
4
Revenge Falling
03:11
5
Anthem Of The Dead
01:18
6
Depths Of Hades
02:55
7
The Forge Of Hephaestus
02:19
8
Labour Of Destruction
01:37
9
The Three Judges
01:41
10
The Lost Souls
02:39
11
Duel with Hades
01:45
12
Tides Of Chaos
04:25
13
Stalker
01:56
14
The Muse's Song
02:07
15
Brothers Of Blood
02:45
16
Lure Of A Goddess
02:08
17
The March Of Tartarus
02:01
18
The Great Machine
03:02
19
Pandora's Song
02:27
20
Revenge Rising
01:35
21
All For Nothing
02:23
22
Rage Of Sparta
01:42
23
In The Face Of Fear
02:01
24
End Of Vengeance
04:19
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