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Meister des Todes by Ian Honeyman (Review)

posted Oct 16, 2015, 4:25 PM by Kaya Savas

Meister des Todes translates to “Master Of Death” and is a German political thriller about illegal arms dealer agreements that follows a young father working at an arms manufacturer. The protagonist tags along on a potentially giant deal for the company as a huge buyer in Mexico is interested in their product. When he travels to Mexico to help facilitate the deal, he is tangled into a test of morality and ethics when he sees what the guns are really being used for. Composer Ian Honeyman provides the excellent score by crafting a soundscape of melodies and textures that hit the tone and emotional state of the film right on. 

Meister des Todes is a score that successfully blends textures to establish its setting yet is still meticulously crafted to be a great psychological examination of our central character. The score compliments the moral and ethical downfalls of being in the business of gun manufacturing, but the music somehow manages to find a non-overbearing way to echo the sentiment and emotions of the film. The score as a whole also stands out with Honeyman showcasing some very nice writing and instrumentation. I loved how the score felt rooted with an organic feel yet still had an modern edge. The use of piano was also fanastic and unexpected. All these acoustic instruments give the music a real “human” touch and make it that more resonant. Throughout the narrative we’ll have some nice action sections that display Honeyman’s more energetic writing, but truthfully they aren’t the standout reason why the score works. Overall, Meister des Todes is a score that successfully finds its tone through a great approach. 

You may recognize Ian Honeyman’s name from a few of Klaus Badelt’s scores. He’s a frequent collaborator with Badelt but definitely has established his own sound successfully. Meister des Todes is a great example of Ian’s talents as a storyteller. The score has some wonderful textures and a real organic humanity to the music while still being an entertaining thriller. The more action-oriented music is engaging, but the real draw is the instrumentation and the more subtle moments that examine the bigger ideas of the film. Be sure to check out this one and you really have no reason not too as Ian is offering the album himself through his site allowing you to “name your own price”. Yes, you can download it for free but hopefully you’ll think it’s worth something. So go grab the soundtrack here for yourself!