The Feed diverts, just ever so slightly, from our usual weekend video game soundtrack reviews, to take a listen to a bit of movie music. Resident Evil: Afterlife hit theaters this weekend and features an original soundtrack by veteran composing team, tomandandy. Described as a “hybrid genre” score, this tightly produced set of music works on multiple levels, beyond the 3D zombie apocalypse movie it was created for. Join The Feed inside for a listen. We promise you will not get infected by the T-virus.
You might already be familiar with tomandandy (also known as Thomas Hajdu and Andy Milburn), from their numerous film soundtracks, including Natural Born Killers, The Strangers and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes. The music for Resident Evil: Afterlife is completely original and doesn’t replicate cues from the game series. One of the most striking elements you will hear throughout the album are the melancholic/melodic distorted guitar lines layered over pounding biomechanical rhythms, displayed prominently in this piece.
What is most striking about Resident Evil: Afterlife’s music is just how listenable it is by itself. Having not seen the movie yet, it was most impressive how engaging tomandandy’s compositions are to the ear. The pacing of the album shifts flawlessly from percussive attacks to more atmospheric pieces without missing a beat, with a complimentary flow from track 1 through track 20. This is not a release that you should be cherry picking pieces from for download, but a rare, quality, album listening experience.
The tone of certain pieces is reminiscent of Rob Dougan’s contributions to The Matrix films. Fans of The Crystal Method, Front Line Assembly or the trip-hop and cyberpunk genres will all find something enjoyable in the sounds tomandandy have crafted as the soundtrack for Milla Jovovich’s continuing adventures as Alice.
Other stand out tracks from the album include the hauntingly intro’ed “Flying”, the darkly shifting moods of “Los Angeles” and the epic “Resident Evil Suite”. tomandandy are also listed as the composers for Roger Avary’s upcoming Return to Castle Wolfenstein film, which makes that game-to-film adaptation even more interesting. While they have EA’s game skate. listed amongst their credits, it would great to hear what tomandandy could devise for a complete game soundtrack. The music from Resident Evil: Afterlife is available now from Amazon and iTunes.