Frontlines: Fuel of War Official Soundtrack

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Frontlines: Fuel of War Official Soundtrack
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Composed by Matthew Harwood
Published by Sumthing Else Music Works
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 Digital - 25 tracks
Release date April 3, 2008
Duration 01:12:07
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Overview

Kaos Studios' Frontlines: Fuel of War is a first-person shooter set at the outbreak of a third World War. The in-house composer at the developer, Matthew Harwood, made his major video game debut on this title. Aware of the stagnation of military orchestral scores, he decided to incorporate some experimental approaches to his score. Following an incomplete physical release, a 25 track digital soundtrack was made available for the game.

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Matthew Harwood quite effectively represents the scenario of the game with the "Main Theme". The composer captures the military tone of the soundtrack with typical staples like serious strings and heroic brass. He hybridises these orchestral samples with moody electronic beats that reflect the futuristic setting. While this combination is fitting and skilfully handled, it has been done to death in other cinematic scores. Thankfully, the creativity of this otherwise vanilla theme is lifted by the late addition of ethereal chorus and thrashing rock riffs. Such additions give a taste of the deviant stylings that come to dominate the score.

It's with the more atmospheric tracks that Harwood starts to express a unique voice on the soundtrack. Most notably, "Heat" rejects all orchestral instruments in favour of cutting-edge beats and percussive forces. Harwood still manages to hook listeners with a web of polyrhythms, while creating a raw and immersive environment in the game. In fact, it reminds me somewhat of Amon Tobin, but it is a bit less wild. Though somewhat misplaced at the centre of the track, "Main Menu" is also excellent as a secondary theme on the soundtrack. During its three minute development, Harwood elegantly mixes orchestra samples and electronics, bright and reflective parts to subtly immersive effect. The final result is quite an encompassing and refreshing theme.

Among the action tracks, Harwood continues to reflect his talent for dramatic electro-orchestral scoring on "On the Offensive" and "Armored Cavalry". Both combine the trademarks features of other military soundtracks with aspects representing the detailed scenario and Harwood's personal fingerprints. Of the more transient entries, "Road Block" is also exciting with its use of fast-paced beats and disorientating panning, while "Industry" takes the distortion and percussion up a notch. There are also a few orchestral action tracks, "Temper" and "Jumping In", used during the most intense scenes in the game. While they don't quite parallel those of Homefront, they're still enthralling listens and the brass melody, in particular, achieves amazing heights in the former.

There are also two lyrical songs present on this release. A collaboration between Matthew Harwood and Scott Cresswell, "Closer to Home" is an original rock anthem to capture the commitment of a soldier. The vocal parts emphasise the a major contrast between the soft and contemplative verse, with the heavy and motivating chorus. Some may also enjoy the social commentary, which is still relevant for today. The other track, "Solid Objects", is by brotherly duo Skunk Tux. It's a motivating rock song with heavier instrumentals and a greater country influence. However, it is less tailored for the game itself and seems more inspired by the band's life in Texas. It will be an enjoyable addition to the soundtrack for most nonetheless.

Summary

Overall, Harwood's soundtrack for Frontlines: Fuel of War manages to offer a solid mixture of typical military influences with experimental electronic stylings. It isn't quite as encompassing or well-produced as Homefront, but it is a mostly an entertaining and fulfilling listen. Still available through THQ and Sumthing Else, this digital release is worth a listen for those looking for a mix of old and new.



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Here you can freely listen to preview tracks from Frontlines: Fuel of War Official Soundtrack. Album was composed by Matthew Harwood and was released on April 3, 2008. Soundtrack consists of 25 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Sumthing Else Music Works.

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CD 1

1
Closer To Home
Matthew Harwood, Kaos Studios & Scott Cresswell
03:51
2
Solid Objects
Skunk Tux
04:01
3
Main Theme
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
01:43
4
On The Offensive
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
04:56
5
Armored Cavalry
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
03:37
6
Industry
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
01:44
7
Heat
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:37
8
Main Menu
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
03:20
9
Jumping In
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
04:24
10
Run For Cover
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
01:46
11
Multiplayer Victory and Stats
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
01:45
12
Take It Out
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
03:21
13
Temper
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:11
14
K.I.A.
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:29
15
Road Block
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
01:36
16
Search and Destroy
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:55
17
Scythe
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
03:50
18
Turmoil
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:31
19
Suicide Mission
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:51
20
Hindsight
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:17
21
Underground
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
03:04
22
Infiltration
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
03:35
23
On My Way
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
03:12
24
Undaunted
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:13
25
The Final Push
Matthew Harwood & Kaos Studios
02:18
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