As incorrectly mentioned in my Darksiders review, there in fact is a Darksiders soundtrack available (as brought to my attention by lead designer Haydn Dalton). As I made such a big deal about the soundtrack in my review, I thought I should give it a go. And, as such, I bring you this.
Unlike most other soundtracks, this one has three composers, two of which should be (almost) familiar names. Cris Velasco, Mike Reagan and Scott Morton. Cris has done work for the God of War series, Clive Barker’s Jericho and Prototype. I think it’s safe to say he’s the senior one of the three. Mike Reagan has also done some work for the God of War series as well as the Conan score. Scott Morton is the (apparently) unknown of the bunch but contributes the largest number of (and best!) pieces. All three of them contribute phenomenal tunes.
The overall of the tracks feature heavy strings, voices in the forms of choirs, lone voices and chants, and a great deal of heavy percussion. There are only a few exceptions to these, but they are still epic! It’s a score that has a lot of influences and parallels but no real overall theme (other than being epic…). A couple of the tracks feature some rather heavy middle-eastern influences (In Prophecy, Prison Break), while several others are very similar to traditional movie scores (such as 300 ,Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean ) in particular, the different boss fight tracks. There are some slower pieces which in themselves are quite emotive and powerful but between the other heavier tracks, they tend to lose a little bit of their impact.
The tracks are quite short and as such get their point across quickly and thoroughly.
Eden (c. Scott Morton): The first slow track of the score. Lead solo violin over slow strings. Quite an uplifting piece with a rather sinister turn towards the end.
Nex Sacramentum (c. Scott Morton): My favourite track. Heavy brass and strings. Perfect battle music! Has a lot in common with parts of Kevin Reipl’s Gears of War soundtrack.
Battle With Abaddon (c. Scott Morton): A choir-heavy track which feels the most epic out of all the tracks. Makes the final boss battle a treat. The solo boy vocalist with rapid percussion in the middle adds a whole other layer.
End Credits (c. Scott Morton): As sad as it is to see the end credits roll on an awesome game, the music behind them in this case is powerful. It’s like a musical recap of the story crossed with some reflective and heroic music. Great!
Prison Break (c. Cris Velasco): For me, this was the worst track on the album. Not necessarily musically, but because it just doesn’t fit! If you’ve listened to any of the God of War soundtracks, this belongs right over there instead. If it wasn’t such a God of War piece, it would be great but alas…
It’s an amazing soundtrack, really. Even the not-so-great tracks are still pretty good. A stellar effort by all three composers that really carries the game’s story, this one is a pleasure just to listen to by itself. A special mention though must go to the track Keeping Pace. It bears a strong resemblance to Hyperspace by John Williams. Pretty awesome still!
Now, I just wish they had released a physical copy just so I can listen to it uncompressed…