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World War Z
(2013)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Matt Dunkley

Co-Orchestrated by:
David Foster
Jake Parker

Additional Music by:
Buck Sanders
Marcus Trumpp
Brandon Roberts

Co-Produced by:
John Finklea
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Warner Brothers Records
(June 18th, 2013)
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Regular U.S. release. The CD was initially offered for $10, nearly the same cost as the download option. A vinyl release followed for $23.
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Buy it... if you appreciate Marco Beltrami's typically strong applications of instruments to yield dissonant ends, his rhythmic and textural tendencies producing an adequate atmosphere of dread with a few token moments of cleanly harmonic respite.

Avoid it... if you require more than a predictable blend of Beltrami's own brooding, Hans Zimmer's Inception, and Paul Haslinger's Underworld in this apocalyptic context.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,150
WRITTEN 7/4/13
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World War Z: (Marco Beltrami/Various) Despite re-writes to the film's latter half that delayed its release significantly, critical and popular response to World War Z has been surprisingly positive. A Brad Pitt produced vehicle in which Pitt is shown saving the planet from a zombie apocalypse, World War Z is actually an attempt to make a serious movie out of the zombie genre. Conveying the global realities of what would happen if a pandemic did somehow turn people into zombies upon being bitten by one, the story postulates about governmental and civilian responses to such an outbreak. Pitt is a former United Nations employee taking the lead on discovering where the problem originated, traveling the world on that mission and staying just one step ahead of those seeking to take a bite out his glorious ass. Never mind the logical fallacies and other inconceivable coincidences that occur in the story. After all, it is a zombie movie at its core, so it doesn't hurt to turn off the brain. The quick popularity of the adaptation of Max Brooks' concept led Paramount to almost immediately announce plans for two sequels, a possibility left conveniently open by the conclusion of World War Z's plot. Drawn into the fray is horror-master Marco Beltrami, the composer whose career in the genre has been prolific despite lacking individual masterpieces in that lot. His comfortable blend of orchestral and electronic elements is an easy match for this type of film, the organics of the symphony overwhelmed by synthetic tones to match the impending doom of society at the hands and teeth of the zombies. One could go back to Beltrami's work in the early 2000's for movies such as I, Robot and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines to get a sense of how he would continue to adapt his horror moulds into the large-scale battles between humanity and the instruments of its destruction. In the case of World War Z, he enlisted the help of several assistants (led by Buck Sanders, as always) to largely continue developing sounds familiar to his career and those of others who have been leading the way in perpetuating decidedly "dark" film music trends. Listeners will hear an interesting combination of three musical forces at war in this score: Beltrami's own harshly rendered rhythmic tones, Hans Zimmer's broadly executed, bass-dwelling exhibits of force, and Paul Haslinger's typical, industrial metal ambience of brutality. In fact, don't be surprised if you are reminded of Zimmer's Inception and Haslinger's Underworld several times during World War Z.

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Average: 2.63 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 44:20
• 1. Philadelphia (4:06)
• 2. The Lane Family (2:47)
• 3. Ninja Quiet (2:54)
• 4. Searching for Clues (5:33)
• 5. NJ Mart (4:01)
• 6. Zombies in Coach (3:43)
• 7. Hand Off! (2:49)
• 8. No Teeth, No Bite (3:25)
• 9. The Salvation Gate (4:24)
• 10. Wales (5:22)
• 11. A River Around a Rock (5:08)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film. It also makes the point of stating that Warner Brothers Records takes recycling seriously. A smaller insert card contained within the packaging advertises a download option for material written by "Muse" for the film (not contained on the score-only album), as well as remixes of score cues.
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