Posted by: Alans Zimvestri <Send E-Mail> Date: Friday, August 21, 2009, at 3:29 a.m. IP Address: p4fc174fd.dip.t-dialin.net
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I don't agree with everything Christian says in this review. I found Volcano to be anything but a formulaic action score - I preferred it to both Predator and The Abyss, for example. While it's true Silvestri doesn't break much original ground, he does introduce a few compelling ideas.
Silvestri uses light synthesizers to show the city as it was before the eruption, and he phases this motif out gradually, using a few dissonant chords and low piano strikes until the action finally takes over towards the end of "Miracle Mile". I thought this was a clever move.
Also, the presentation of the humans' theme throughout "March of the Lava" is nothing short of astounding. The theme itself isn't a particularly brilliant one, but it is presented with an impressive amount of gravity on brass with powerful rhythms beneath.
All in all, I found this an entertaining little score, not particularly brilliant, but an enjoyable listening experience, a solid four-star effort from my second-favorite composer (guess the first from my user name :p).