I am now officially scared of what might be the next Assassin‘s Creed game. With Assassin‘s Creed Unity getting four individual soundtracks, one can only imagine what the future has to offer. Unity‘s free add-on content Dead Kings is another on the list of expansion packs that have their own soundtrack. This score with its 23-minutes manages to create something missing from Unity‘s main soundtracks: a connection, despite being composed by a fourth composer, Cris Velasco.
Dead Kings was annonced to be the darkest Assassin‘s Creed story ever told, and while the actual story is only dark because of the catacomb exploration missions, the music does get pretty dark. Starting off with “The Marquis“, the album intruduces its dark setting with some more traditional sounding elements, and a depressing variant of Cris Tilton‘s “Unity“ that pops up in “Memories Of Elise“ as the score‘s emotional core. Later tracks like "Now That‘s A Weapon“ introduce sonic palettes familiar from Sarah Schachner‘s album in the form of medieval instruments and sounds. While the album feels just a little too short, this connection of both previous Unity scores really makes it stand out from all of Unity‘s soundtracks as the “missing link“, creating a remarkable experience.
If you liked the previous scores to Assassin‘s Creed Unity, this is definiteley a worthy addition. This add-on to Unity‘s score really sets it‘s own mood and style while still having connections to the events from the main game, making it a true expansion to an already great score.
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