Conan the barbarian soundtrack
Robert E. Howard's Conan the barbarian stories are still recognized as intriguing fantasy nearly eighty years after they were written. Since that time Conan has been revived in more novels by many different authors, numerous comic books, a cartoon, a tv series and two films. Now the sword swinging Cimmerian is back in another film. This soundtrack features music by recording artist, composer, and producer Tyler Bates. Bates has done more than sixty soundtracks including 300, Watchmen, and SuckerPunch. He is know for blending styles to form exciting and frequently surprising passages. This soundtrack is no exception. I'll examine just a few of the standout tracks on this disc. "His name is Conan" is a grand, flowing entry with a slightly melancholy feel. "Cimmerian Battle" is a slightly choppy romp with quick pace changes that really sets the atmosphere."Horse chase" is an intense multi-layered charge that quickly cuts into the heart of the songs. "The Temple" is an eerie passage that begins with a subtle barely audible sound, but rises up after a bit to catch your attention."Skull mountain" features a swirling array of sounds that will have you repeating the track to try and soak in all that is transpiring.
"Wheel of torture" is a thick pounding assault and certainly one of the most aggressive tracks on this soundtrack. There are a few tracks that are just alright, but overall this a very active and intriguing soundtrack.