Battlestar Galactica: The Plan/Razor is a 19-track album including music from two of BSG's standalone movies. Razor looks at Admiral Adama's early days as a fighter pilot named Husker, as well as the dark path that led to the Battlestar Pegasus after escaping the carnage of the Cylon sneak attack.
Winter is here. The nights have grown long, and while they're broken by the beauty of annual Christmas and holiday light displayers, they merely hide a daker evil. Talk of Christmas stars and Hannauka lights gives way to memories of another set of stars ... those who lock away the Great Old Ones in their watery grave, and who's proper alignment could bring about the endtimes.
Thus we have A Very Scary Solstice, an album of holday music inspired by the insanity-inducing, reality-sundering (and yes, entirely fictional) Cthulhu Mythos, and giving the question "Do you hear what I hear?" an entirely new connotation.
- Halo 2 Soundtrack
- Michael O'Donnell, Martin Salvatori (Composer), Christian Knapp (Conductor), Tom Kroll (Performer), Northwest Sinfonia (Orchestra)
- Label: Sumthing Else
- MSRP: $15.98
- Buy it from Amazon.com.
Where are the fun bands?
Over the last few months, as I have been happily lost in a non-radio paradise of podcasts, audio books and my music collection, this is a thought I've had many times.
Where are the fun bands?
For decades, Dungeons & Dragons players have cobbled together custom soundtracks for their games from diverse sources, including various movie soundtracks (Conan the Barbarian, Lord of the Rings), game music tracks (Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights) and even specialized albums (Midnight Syndicate, Toxic Bag Productions). But now they have an official soundtrack, one sanctioned by the Wizards of the Coast, and one that promises to bring cinematic sound to the gaming table.
It succeeds wonderfully.
At Dawn at Rivendell is filled with the music and poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, as performed by the Tolkien Ensemble.
This is the Denmark-based Tolkien Ensemble's third outing, and this time around they are aided in their endeavourer by Christopher Lee, who played the villainous Sauramon in the Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers movies (and allegedly will appear in the opening of the extended DVD edition of Return of the King).
All through my high school career and a good chunk of my college one, I spent a fair amount of time questing for the soundtrack to the movie 2010. I finally got it in my sophomore year (1992), when my girlfriend at the time found it for me in a CD store up in State College, PA.
Of course, I was ecstatic, and after a quick kiss I ran back to my dorm room, where I happily through it onto my CD player ... and was horrified by an opening track that had taken all that was good and proper about 2010's excellent cinematic overtures ... and combined them with disco.
The horror was near absolute. Had great Cthulhu appeared at that moment, his tentacles writhing, his eyes shining with celestial madness, I doubt the horror could have been any greater ... and I'm pretty sure I could have thrown the CD at him and even he would have fled screaming.
A review of Apple's new music service, which allows Mac users to download songs for $.99 or albums for $9.99.
The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film in the Lord of the Ring's movie trilogy, provided gamers with what they've always wanted: a great, glorious movie capturing fantastic adventures on the big screen. It's offers a cinematic backdrop for all future dungeon crawls, helping to focus the mind's eye on exactly what a horde of orcs might look like ... or how rings of invisibility might work.
The soundtrack does the same for gamers' ears.