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Automata by Zacarías M. de la Riva (Review)

posted Nov 4, 2014, 5:37 AM by Leo Mayr

Ok, so the cover does look similar to las year‘s Elysium. The music however is nothing like it. Zacarías M. de la Riva manages to create a unique style for a genre that has been approached in so many different ways.

We start off with “The Earth“, a subtle track that starts off with an unsettling, suspenseful atmosphere that changes into a soft choir segment followed by a tragic melody. Nothing too exceptional, but a nice way to start off the album. “We Want To Live“ uses a similar beginning but turns into a strings heavy segment that combined with choir really feels dramatic but in the style of a small orchestra at a company event. The entire score is relying heavily on these strings and choir parts which I found unusual for a sci-fi movie but for the score it really works out. There really are no intense or action moments except for “Apology“ which does add some pace but the rest stays more or less subtle. With tracks similar to what we started with, the album does a good job at feeling complete and there are no parts that feel undeveloped. The final track “Automata Requiem“ feels like a conclusion to the events that happened before therefore creating some form of development.

This score in certain places sounds like some old classical orchestra music, but generally manages to feel like a score instead. While there are not many different tracks, there generally are some worth listening to that provide a nice listening experience and as the score feels unlike any others, it is worth it‘s time.