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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 OST Review

The video game of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 may be getting a “meh” response, but you cannot lump in the original soundtrack with that score. It was composed by Oscar Araujo, but I swore it was Hans Zimmer when I first listened to it because it reminded me so much of the tracks from the Batman Begins movie trilogy and Man of Steel. I love Hans Zimmer and virtually everything he composes, so hearing this emulate his style made me extremely happy to say the least.

What is it that is so great? It’s the percussion beat coupled with the bass tones, the trumpet fanfare overtones, and the haunted choir all bleeding into one that solidifies this soundtrack as a whole. “The Toy Maker” is a prime example of how well it all lends together and how much Hans Zimmer has a presence.

All of the tracks share this similar theme, and while that usually irks me, it really works for CLOS 2. For instance, the main “Castlevania” theme echoes many of the same elements from “The Toy Maker”, yet it has it’s own spin on it that separates it from sounding, for the lack of a better word, the same. Listen to “Chaotic Battle” next, get in groove with the deep bass, brass, and chaotic percussion. Then slide into “Satan” (not literally, heh) for some gorgeous and colossal choral emphasis.

I listened to the entire soundtrack on a loop for nearly an entire workday and I never tired of it. It may be early in the year, but the soundtrack for Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2 has really set the bar high for the rest of this year’s video game soundtracks.

The Castlevania: Lord of Shadows 2 soundtrack is available now at retail and digital download.

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