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Dracula Untold by Ramin Djawadi (Review)

posted Oct 11, 2014, 7:47 AM by Leo Mayr

So, after I, Frankenstein, two different Hercules movies, a successful Hobbit franchise and a whole lot of other fantasy movies, it was only a matter of time for a new Dracula adaptation to appear. While for movie lovers this may be a bad thing, fans of film scores are definitely in luck, as a lot of these movies come with some amazing scores. Ramin Djawadi, having scored Clash Of The Titans and Game Of Thrones in this genre, seems to be familiar with scoring fantasy movies so you kind of know what to expect here. By no means does this sound like anything he‘s done before though.

Right from the start we get introduced to a dark, suspenseful atmosphere in “Prologue“ that uses a lot of male choir to increase the tension but it‘s not until “Dracula Untold“ that we get to hear Djawadi‘s full potential. This main theme for the movie actually carries through the album, most notably in “Vlad Vs. 1000“ and really is the highlight. “Sultan Mehmed“ introduces us to the main enemies in a powerful track that adds percussion and more exotic sounding instruments to the mix. I found “Janissary Attack“ to be an intense action piece that combines elements from the main theme with sounds from “Sultan Mehmed“ to create an amazing experience. Other action highlights are both parts of “Hand O‘ Bats“ and “The Silver Tent“. “The Brood“ again focuses on dark and intense action, much like “Janissary Attack“ did before but here we get a lot more choir elements mixed in.

However, the peaceful tracks really stand out from the rest. “Eternal Love“ turns parts from the main theme into an almost sad and dramatic piece. “This Life And The Next“ uses subtle choir and orchestra to create that feeling of loss that basically appears in any action movie these days, but here it really feels emotional until it then changes into the main theme and picks up the pace again. The last one and a half minutes of “I Will Come Again“ just stunned me while watching the movie, and it works perfectly as the dramatic conclusion to the main events of the story. “Epilogue“ stays more subtle and uses piano segments to again create an amazing experience that suddenly changes into the dark choir segment from “Prologue“ therefore perfectly concluding the album.

Once again, Ramin Djawadi manages to create a gripping narrative and intense action. All the while sticking to main themes and elements, which again really gave me the feeling of a journey throughout the album. While the movie is not half as good, the score is a definite highlight of the year and as a fan of Djawadi‘s work or fantasy scores in general, you should not miss out on it.