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God of War III by Gerard Marino, Jeff Rona, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, Cris Velasco

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God of War III (Soundtrack) by Gerard Marino, Jeff Rona, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, Cris Velasco

God of War III
Composed by Gerard Marino, Jeff Rona, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, Cris Velasco
Sumthing Else Records (2010)

Rating: 6/10

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“So while it lacks the intricacy and personality that could set it apart and give it a sense of uniqueness, the music of GOD OF WAR III delivers on its promise of a loud, wrathful bundle of tunes you can kill gods to...for better or worse."

One Angry Spartan
Review by Marius Masalar

You’ve got to hand it to Kratos: he’s one persistent bugger. In the third installment of his revenge plot against the gods, the former Spartan faces even larger foes (yes, it’s possible), more enemies, and continues merrily dispatching them while exercising his disinclination to die. Fans of the series were only too happy to get their hands on the latest title, and Sony thankfully delivered a suitably epic and brutal sequel, bringing back the composer veterans from the series to provide a score of similar proportions.

If you haven’t yet experienced the sensation of being punched in the face by an angry orchestra, then I invite you to pop in your copy of the GOD OF WAR III score right now and hit play. From the mighty “God of War III Overture” (1) in which the series’ simple but effective theme is reprised, through “Call to Arms” (2), “Poseidon’s Wrath” (3), and “Revenge Falling” (4), you are in for an assault of loud and energetic action scoring to accompany the game’s impressively cinematic opening sequences. Each track seems like an extension of its predecessor (with “Poseidon’s Wrath” being the highlight), and together they make up 12 minutes of the most fearsome war music you could hope for. The strings are nervously chattering and slicing, the choir is shouting and chanting, the brass are growling and roaring…altogether GERARD MARINO gives us the kind of music that makes you want to just slay some deities.

After the initial onslaught, JEFF RONA, RON FISH, and MIKE REAGAN take over for some subtler scoring. I use the word “subtle” in a comparative sense here, since the sense of grand scale never quite leaves the soundscape. “Anthem of the Dead” (5) and “The Forge of Hephaestus” (7) are both moody choral dirges bookending the rich environmental music for the underworld, “Depths of Hades” (6). “Labour of Destruction” (8) unleashes some of the most ferocious low brass stabs in recent memory, leading into a magnificent choral introduction in “The Three Judges” (9) and some mellow ambience in “The Lost Souls” (10).

“Duel With Hades” (11), a percussive battle track, leads us into the second half of the score. GERARD MARINO returns here with “Tides of Chaos” (12), a surprisingly patient and dynamic cue featuring some very haunting woodwind effects that briefly make an appearance out of the wall of orchestral and choral sound. Passing the torch to CRIS VELASCO, the score brings in some more instrumental colour in the form of more prominent Middle-Eastern percussion in “Stalker” (13), an Armenian Duduk solo in “The Muse’s Song” (14), and both in “Lure of a Goddess” (16). One of the more interesting tracks is “Brothers of Blood” (15), which brings together many of the elements we’ve already become familiar with by now into a very cohesive and blood-pumping action track with more complex rhythmic figures in the percussion and choir.

Following a completely lackluster “March of Tartarus” (17), MIKE REAGAN’s “The Great Machine” (18) offers a strong thematic opening before dissolving into tense underscoring. At this point we finally reach one of the more heartwrenching themes of the score, “Pandora’s Song” (19), which brings a solo vocalist into the mix to represent the voice of the first woman in Greek mythology.

The beauty is short-lived, with the final five tracks unleashing the full wrath of the ensemble once more. By now, the sound is getting tired though, and while the tracks maintain the energy and scale of their predecessors, none of them set themselves apart, smearing together in a cacophony of anger before fading to a plaintive Duduk solo to foreshadow the inevitable fourth game in the series.

It must be said that the Skywalker Session Orchestra and Czech National Symphony Chorus both deliver extraordinarily aggressive performances, captured in a pristine mix…so where this score falters is in its lack of perspective: there is so much ferocity here, so much intensity, that it becomes tiresome and stale. The writing is predictably thin, with very basic figures given scale simply through the sheer size and volume of the ensemble. There is perhaps some authenticity in that, since Kratos’ single-minded fury seems to call for transparent brutality, yet I am left wondering what a more sophisticated score (like, say, GARRY SCHYMAN’s work on DANTE’s INFERNO) could have done for the game. The fact is that behind all the pomp and noise, it’s a rather derivative and bland score — one with many highlights, but one that gets tiresome to listen to nonetheless.

So while it lacks the intricacy and personality that could set it apart and give it a sense of uniqueness, the music of GOD OF WAR III delivers on its promise of a loud, wrathful bundle of tunes you can kill gods to...for better or worse. Enjoy in small doses.


Rating: 6/10

 

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Track Title Track Time  Rating
1 God of War III Overture 3:06  *****
2 Call to Arms 4:42  ****
3 Poseidon’s Wrath 2:39  *****
4 Revenge Falling 2:00  ***
5 Anthem of the Dead 3:10  ****
6 Depths of Hades 7:26  ***
7 The Forge of Hephaestus 3:52  ****
8 Labour of Destruction 2:10  *****
9 The Three Judges 2:17  ****
10 The Lost Souls 4:01  ***
11 Duel With Hades 2:26  ***
12 Tides of Chaos 6:42  ****
13 Stalker 2:43  **
14 The Muse’s Song 11:17  ****
15 Brothers of Blood 6:24  *****
16 Lure of a Goddess 4:54  ****
17 The March of Tartarus 4:54  ***
18 The Great Machine 4:54  ****
19 Pandora’s Song 4:54  ****
20 Revenge Rising 4:54  ***
21 All for Nothing 4:54  ****
22 Rage of Sparta 4:54  ***
23 In the Face of Fear 4:54  ***
24 End of Vengeance 4:54  ***
  Total Running Time (approx) 59 minutes  

 

 
   

 

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