Wait, let me check my calendar. Hmmm, it’s only March? Well, ok, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Sony releasing soundtrack album of the year quality material in Q1. It just means everyone else in the game music realm is going to have to step up their game (so to speak) for all the other titles coming out this year. God of War III’s soundtrack album is of such outstanding quality, it is going to be tough to surpass it when it comes time for the next round of video game awards to be handed out. Come join us for a listen, won’t you? No, really. Kratos insists you join us.
What I really enjoy about Sony’s soundtracks is their usage of multiple composers, working together with an overall sound in mind, to create the music for their games. This team-concept of music creation was done exceedingly well for the two previous iterations of God of War, as well as with the more recent inFAMOUS. The just released soundtrack for God of War III does this even better. Chaining together the talents of five composers including GOW music veterans Gerard Marino, Ron Fish, Mike Reagan, Cris Velasco and franchise new-comer Jeff Rona, the music of God of War III features some of the strongest compositions you have heard in a game to date. This is the type of listen that if you have never spun the soundtrack album for a game before, you will want to now.
Another fantastic example of this can be heard in the Cris Velasco piece, “Brothers of Blood,” which puts the voices of the Czech National Symphony Chorus at center stage.
The music of God of War III was performed by the Skywalker Session Orchestra (yes, that Skywalker) and considering the orchestra and chorus were recorded half a world a away from each other (the chorus was recorded in Prague), those unsung heroes who did the mixing deserve as much kudos as the creators and performers.
God of War III as a standalone listen away from the game is fantastic, with an enjoyable flow between pieces from start to finish. A non-gamer listener would almost be convinced it was actually created to be listened to this way to begin with. While there are very intense, bombastic moments and dramatic singing throughout, the music plays so very well, even just slightly down in volume in the background. As one of G4TV.com's own readers, GenSmit, put in when commenting on a previous soundtrack review: "When listening to things like (this) your life just becomes so much more epic."
God of War III is available for download right now from iTunes and Sumthing Digital. The physical disc drops from Sumthing Else Music Works on Tuesday and Amazon has it for preorder. If you go the CD route (I’m guessing it's in the download too, but I heard it from disc), I’ll let you know there’s a bit of an easter egg if you let the last track keep playing after it initially fades.
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