Middle-Earth Shadow Of Mordor Soundtrack Released Onto iTunes; More Than Anything, The Music Captures The Magic
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will finally be coming to last-gen snails like me in two weeks, a good six weeks after it hit on next-gen and five weeks after we all stopped talking about it. The internet is very decisive about its opinions; some love it, some hate it. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that the soundtrack is very good.
With that in mind, Warner Bros and Monolith have released the game's full musical score onto iTunes today. Players can immerse themselves in the world of Mordor with an epic and engaging 47-track original score by legendary video game musical composers Garry Schyman and Nathan Grigg.
From the press release: "Schyman is an award-winning composer responsible for acclaimed musical scores in gaming and film, including BioShock Infinite which earned him the British Academy of Film and Television award for Best Original Music. Grigg, a game industry veteran, composed original scores for numerous Monolith games including F.E.A.R., Condemned, No One Lives Forever 2 and more."
As good as the music is (listen to the whole thing below), obviously none of it can compare to Howard Shore's stellar work on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, which still get heavy play on my classical rotation. Much like the game itself, we live in the shadow of that greatness. The soundtrack of the game evokes the feeling of the movies, much like the films themselves bring out the essence of the story. Schyman and Grigg know they cannot compare, so they do not try to outcompose Shore, nor do they try to remove him from the equation.
The result is an excellent piece of orchestral sound, moving, epic, haunting, scary, everything you want in a score.