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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition Soundtrack Review

Posted on Friday, October 11 @ 10:56:56 Eastern by Keri_Honea
I admit I'm not a fan of the Castlevania series. I know it's beloved by many, but the franchise never won me over, not even in the NES days or the highly lauded Symphony of the Night. Go on ahead and yell obscenities at me; I'm used to it. So I also admit I wasn't too excited about receiving a copy of the Ultimate Edition soundtrack for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. When I first listened to it, I was initially disappointed. What was so great or unique about this? It sounded so generic, so typical for a video game. After listening to the fantastic Lost Planet 3 soundtrack, I was prepped for something unusual like it was. I then smacked myself for not being fair and being a complete snob and listened to it a couple more times. I still say it's not unique in its sound by any stretch, but there are some wonderful tracks hidden within.

For example, "The Ice Titan" is obviously a boss fight from its title, and the music starts off with your usual boss fight fanfare. However, at about one minute in, it suddenly brings in a crescendoing focus on strings and choir. It's no longer your typical boss fight music; it sounds like someone who has had an amazing revelation is about to free the world from certain doom. As I listen to it while I type this up, I suddenly feel like I'm the best writer in the world and I can take on any task. (Please don't shatter my bubble and tell me otherwise.)

When it rolls around to "Belmont's Theme," I completely expected something to sound melancholy, since most character themes sound that way, or something fanfare-ish since the Belmonts are often the heroes of the franchise. It's neither of these things. It starts off with a sad cello, but it quickly switches gears to happy, upbeat, almost bouncy strings, flute, oboe, and clarinet. Suffice to say, this track is grossly different from everything else on the album.

These are just a couple of examples at how wrong I was to pass a snap judgment on the soundtrack. It's definitely not the best soundtrack I've heard this year, but it's one I will keep in my rotation, and it has enough great music for me to recommend it to other game OST fans. Definitely try it out, even if you aren't a fan of Castlevania or Lords of Shadow.

The Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Ultimate Edition soundtrack releases on October 29, 2013.

Digital download provided by producer.
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