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Army of the Dead
(2021)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL)
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Commercial digital release, with high resolution options. Vinyl also available.
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Buy it... if you are curious to behold the "music" Tom Holkenborg produces when he tries to be "modern," "unworldly," "emotional," and "haunting," his efforts resulting in humorously terrible aural muck.

Avoid it... if you do not equate sound design with music at the conceptual level, though there may be some useful torture material to be gleaned from this score.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #2,006
WRITTEN 6/2/21
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Army of the Dead: (Tom Holkenborg) So let's get this straight. The American military accidentally loses a captured zombie on a Nevada highway and it infects much of Las Vegas with a new breed of zombie able to rape women and thus produce zombie children. That's the backdrop of Zack Snyder's minimally intelligent 2021 action thriller, Army of the Dead. In that environment, a group of mercenaries is hired to retrieve hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from a casino vault. This awkward cast ensemble of amiable but expendable paramilitary fools discovers a surprising order of zombies that includes some that can be bargained with and have the itch to procreate. Needless to say, Snyder's story, which he directed, shot, and produced as well, is a mindless excuse to watch people chasing around with zombies, wielding severed heads, and mostly losing, as damn near the entire cast is killed or infected by the end of their Vegas excursion. The obligatory nuclear bomb solution is foiled by the equally obligatory escaped zombie at the end. Along with a limited release in theatres, Army of the Dead was mostly aimed at Netflix subscribers, with whom it did swift business. As expected, Snyder turned to electronica sound designer-masquerading-as-composer Tom "Junkie XL" Holkenborg for the original score for the film, though the mix in the movie is peppered with a variety of song placements. Only one of them, a cover of "Viva Las Vegas," is included with Holkenborg's score on the film's soundtrack album. For his part, Holkenborg took Snyder's permission to write an unconventional electronic score to heart, stating, "It was such a fun project as we got to rip up the rule book." That rule book included all fundamental tenets of functional film music, leaving this score as a prime example of how to produce insufferably bland and obnoxious noise that serves as an additional sound effect layer in the picture. While those in Hans Zimmer's universe often refer to these sound design scores (and heavily market them) as revolutionary, the reality is that there exists little actual character in this aural muck with which to match to the definition of "music." Harmony is rare, rhythm is inconsistent, tonality is absent, structure is haphazard, and any semblance of smart synchronization or development with the narrative of the picture is abandoned. You can browse through Holkenborg's descriptions of how awesome it is to invent such wretched "music," and how creative he was in his methods of concocting and combining the elements making up its volume. Don't fall for the hype.


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Total Time: 48:35
• 1. Viva Las Vegas - performed by Richard Cheese and Allison Crowe (5:55)
• 2. Scott and Kate Part 1 (5:24)
• 3. Scott and Kate Part 2 (2:49)
• 4. Scott and Kate Part 3 (4:42)
• 5. Toten Hosen (3:56)
• 6. Swimming Pool (1:05)
• 7. Not Here (1:50)
• 8. 3 Flares (4:42)
• 9. Battle Hallway Part 1 (4:00)
• 10. Battle Hallway Part 2 (6:41)
• 11. Zeus and Athena Part 1 (3:17)
• 12. Zeus and Athena Part 2 (4:14)

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