VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE-BLOODHUNT.

“Vampires suck blood from human characters and non-hostile subjects. Your character can use vampiric powers, weapons, and wit to eradicate your enemies and deal with the hunters.

This is how the developers of Vampire the Masquerade, Sharkmob describe the game. Bloodhunt the latest edition in the series is a thrilling free-to-play battle royale set in a Prague consumed by a ruthless war between vampire factions.

You must use your supernatural powers, weapons, and wit to hunt your rivals and dominate the night! The music for Bloodhunt is atmospheric and alluring, at times becoming almost hypnotic, but all the time thematic and entertaining. The composer for the game is Altanas Valkov, who has also worked on the Polish TV series Krol (2020) and the movie Ambition (2016).

His music for Bloodhunt is accomplished, polished and inventive, it sounds like a fusion of symphonic and electronic with choral work woven into the score, but I am thinking that this is a high-quality electronic work which is at times relentlessly driving, but also has to it a more melodic and gentle side. The composer creating an epic sound throughout. Certainly, worth a listen and available digitally.

LORD OF THE RINGS-THE RINGS OF POWER.

Lord of the RingsThe Rings of Power, is an epic drama that is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this grand series will take viewers on a journey back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain Tolkien created threatened to cover the world in darkness.

Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.  It takes us from the shadowy depths of the Misty Mountains to the mysterious and vast forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breath-taking island kingdom of Númenor, and on to the furthest reaches of the map, the kingdoms and characters within the series will carve out legacies that will live on long after they are gone.

Season One of the series, begins on Amazon Prime on September 1st. The musical score is by the multitalented Bear McCreary and the soundtrack has already been released on digital platforms. 

Like the series the music is grandiose and epic, the composer creating powerful, commanding, regal, and eloquent pieces that underline and support the action. It is a score that once heard you will want to go back to the beginning and start all over again.

There is a rich sense of the mystical present throughout with the work overflowing with magical, fearsome, and ethereal ambiances that take one’s breath away. This is a highly accomplished work, a score that will I know please everyone, it is superbly thematic, gloriously symphonic, mesmerizingly attractive, and hauntingly beautiful. The composer utilising choir to great effect, fashioning at times dark and menacing passages.

There are at times nods to the work of Howard Shore or at least there is a sound and style that can be likened to the music he penned for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit scores, but is that such a bad thing? I certainly do not think so. Shore composed the theme for the series, with McCreary fashioning the score. All I can say is you must seek this out and own it. Recommended.