Mark McKenzie, what can I say about this much talented composer that has not already been said by many? His scores are always a joy to have and listen too, his music is melodic, dramatic, touching and highly thematic and for me purveys a poignancy and a soulfulness that is hard to discover in other composers works for the cinema. DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE is his latest offering, of course he scored three films in this popular series and his most recent contribution presents us with a fully synth score, but wait before you dismiss it because it is not symphonic, listen, the composer has created a score that is warm and heartfelt, brimming with a wonderfully emotive persona and filled with dramatic and rousing pieces. You know I am no fan of synth scores, but this is different, it has to it a celestial and other-wordly aura, the composer fashioning heart breaking and highly affecting tone poems which he combines with exciting and at times relentlessly full on action cues.
Listen to GREAT LOVE SURROUNDS WHAT IS SURROUNDING YOU and tell me it does not strike at your heartstrings and heighten your emotions. As with his other scores the composer has incorporated the original DRAGONHEART theme by composer Randy Edelman into his work, and every so often this theme or at least a fleeting fragment or variations of it makes its way into the proceedings, this I think is a effective musical gesture and reminds us of the original score from all those years ago. THE SNAKE BATTLE is an unrelenting action cue, filled with fierce brass sounding stabs and percussive support, which will have you on the edge of your seat, the tense and taught sounds create an atmosphere that is filled with ferocity and dread. DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE is a masterfully written score and has to it a deep and affecting sound and style, and to be honest at times you forget that it is a synth score, because the music is so absorbing and enthralling. Certainly, one to check out, Available on Back Lot Music as a compact disc or on digital platforms.