Darksiders Original Soundtrack-Director's Cut

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Darksiders Original Soundtrack-Director's Cut
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Composed by Cris Velasco / Mike Reagan / Scott B. Morton
Published by Sumthing Else Music Works
Catalog number SE-2086-2
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 2 CD - 36 tracks
Release date November 16, 2010
Duration 01:15:09
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Overview

Darksiders is one of this generation's sleeper hits, inspiring critical acclaim and enough sales to receive a sequel. Yet the game was described by many as a God of War clone and the same is true to an extent for its soundtrack. Vigil Games went for an epic orchestral sound for the soundtrack and hired two of veterans from the God of War series, Cris Velasco and Mike Reagan, to achieve this. THQ initially released the game's soundtrack as a digital download, though a Director's Cut release was made later by Sumthing Else Music Works, featuring an additional disc of tracks.

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The game's soundtrack contains music by three composers, Cris Velasco, Mike Reagan, and Scott Morton. Each of them have scored with different aspects of the game in mind: Velasco's tracks are filled with suspense and tension; Mike Reagen scored the bombastic action tracks; and Scott Morton has written the slow and emotional tracks. The only collaborative track available in this soundtrack is the "Darksider's Theme", which is a combined effort of Mike Reagan and Cris Velasco. This amazing theme serves as an introduction to big traditional orchestral sound featured on this soundtrack. In classic cinematic style, it builds up suspense during the slow introduction and escalates with bombastic strings and bold percussion. But perhaps the crowning jewel of the track is the choral work, which inspires memories of some of the best additions to the God of War universe. Bold, melodic, and polished, it's one the best tracks in this soundtrack.

As sound director of Vigil Games, Scott Morton takes plenty of time to develop the soundtrack thematically. In addition to the main theme, he offers the portrayal of the protagonist, "War's Theme". It's a suitable mixture of both dark and light, starting off with a faster pace that relates to the character's competitive side, while reflecting his more heroic qualities during its vast development. Further tracks such as "Well of Souls" and "Eden" also radiate with emotion. However, Morton's writing tends not to be as rich as his co-composers here and he mostly relies on predictable writing for strings and brass. Tracks such as "Strange Moment" and "The Council" work well in context, the former slowly building emotion, the latter generating suspense. However, they are likely to be too derivative to appeal to more artistic-minded score listeners out there.

Cris Velasco has scored the games suspenseful side with tense tracks such as "Battle with Silitha" and "Undead on Arrival". His tracks make use of everything that a classical suspense theme would need: slow percussions, screeching string work, and ominous brass melodies. Together, these forces make the world of Darksiders not only seem corrupted, but diabolical as well. Like most of the soundtrack, such tracks aren't particularly original, but are still very well done and work a treat even out of context. "Empowered" is one of his outstanding tracks as it sounds exciting, suspenseful, and memorable at the same time due to the ambiguous melodies presented on different instruments. However, the highlight of this track are the use of evocative vocals once more.

Lastly, Mike Reagen's themes are the fastest paced and bombastic. For example, he uses bold melodies and heavy percussion to score action tracks like "Battle with Greaver". Given the grand scale of his scoring, the action tracks are sure to remind his fans of his God of War work, which were also of similar style and quality. Another aspect of his scoring that might remind of God of War are the brief middle-eastern melodies heard in boss tracks such as "Battle with the Stygian". Reagan's tracks were largely left out of the digital release for the game and deservedly receive much more playtime on the Director's Cut soundtrack. The soundtrack is rounded off by the thematic centrepiece "End Credits", which assimilates all the moods and styles of the soundtrack together into a satisfying finale.

Summary

Truth be told, the Darksiders soundtrack is very derivative. But rather than rely on the typical electro-orchestral hybrids of today's blockbuster scores, it references the more traditional orchestral sounds of projects such as Conan the Barbarian and God of War. Such approaches will inspire much excitement in many score listeners, though others will be disappointed that Darksiders didn't establish a unique sound of its own. Regardless, this soundtrack screams hard-work. Through a combination of inspired composition and cutting-edge implementation, the ensemble team at the very least ensured the soundtrack could stand alongside those epics it imitates, even if doesn't quite exceed them. This soundtrack comes highly recommended to a certain type of score listener, especially the Sumthing Else release.



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Album was composed by Cris Velasco / Mike Reagan / Scott B. Morton and was released on November 16, 2010. Soundtrack consists of 36 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Sumthing Else Music Works.

CD 1

1
Darksiders Theme
Mike Reagan & Chris Velasco
03:50
2
Battle with Silitha
Chris Velasco
01:53
3
Strange Moment
Scott B. Morton
01:05
4
Battle with Straga
Mike Reagan
01:59
5
Eden
Scott B. Morton
02:03
6
Flight Path
Scott B. Morton
02:36
7
Battle with the Stygian
Mike Reagan
02:15
8
Demon Scourge
Mike Reagan
01:53
9
Echo Gorge
Chris Velasco
01:52
10
Keeping Pace
Scott B. Morton
02:21
11
Shadow Realm
Mike Reagan
01:59
12
Battle with Greaver
Mike Reagan
02:01
13
The Catacombs
Scott B. Morton
01:11
14
Epic Moment
Scott B. Morton
01:39
15
Empowered
Chris Velasco
03:32
16
Earth Caller
Mike Reagan
02:20
17
Heads Will Roll
Mike Reagan
02:01
18
Nex Sacramentum
Scott B. Morton
02:25

CD 2

1
Battle with Tiamat
Chris Velasco
02:04
2
The Cathedral
Scott B. Morton
01:46
3
Undead On Arrival
Mike Reagan
02:10
4
Chaos Eater
Chris Velasco
01:30
5
Death To All Enemies
Mike Reagan
01:37
6
The Council
Scott B. Morton
01:56
7
Light Combat
Chris Velasco
01:40
8
Flight Over Ruined Eden
Scott B. Morton
01:48
9
In Prophecy
Scott B. Morton
01:30
10
Mayhem
Chris Velasco
01:47
11
Prison Break
Chris Velasco
02:06
12
Rescue Ruin
Scott B. Morton
02:28
13
Vulgrim
Scott B. Morton
01:37
14
Battle with Abaddon
Chris Velasco
03:33
15
War's Theme
Scott B. Morton
01:24
16
Well of Souls
Scott B. Morton
01:58
17
Uriel
Scott B. Morton
01:17
18
End Credits
Scott B. Morton
04:03
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Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
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Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
17 сентября, 11:51
Трек добавлен в трек-лист Denis Zhgutov
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