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Northmen: A Viking Saga by Marcus Trumpp (Review)

posted Nov 4, 2014, 5:23 AM by Leo Mayr   [ updated Nov 4, 2014, 10:12 AM by Kaya Savas ]

The swiss action movie Northmen: A Viking Saga really surprised me. The movie is a fun experience with a group of stranded vikings battling their path through Scotland and kidnapping the king‘s daughter by accident. The movie clearly sets a darker tone using violence that justifies the 16+ rating in Germany and having the heroes presented as ultimate badasses. Marcus Trummp‘s score in some ways does exactly the same thing but remains more of a traditional medieval action score.

Within the first couple of tracks, the score introduces the “Northmen Theme“, a simple yet powerful theme that serves as the basic structure to the score. A theme both beautiful and powerful supported by a choir. Your basic fantasy action theme. In “A Friendly Welcome“, things are starting to get exciting with some opening action that uses percussion on it‘s own before strings get added to the mix with a hint of electronic instruments in the background (yes, the vikings are badasses... we need electronics!). The main evil mercenaries in the movie are represented by “Wolves“, a dark and stunning theme (yes, similar to the ring wraiths in Lord Of The Rings this is the music you always hear when the masked horsemen appear). In the movie this style of music gets repetetive a bit due to the black riders appearing a lot but on the album this is not the case. “Valhalla“ is the score‘s main traveling montage theme just as you would expect it and I have to admit, it is a pretty good one.
“The Waterfall Sequence“ by far is the most intense action track that changes into the “Valhalla“ theme halfway through creating one of the best experiences the album has to offer. “Forest Chase“, “Bridge Fight“ and Vengeance really prove Trumpp‘s talent for action scoring with “The Big Jump“ perfectly concluding the viking‘s journey with a return to the “Northmen Theme“ as an epic conclusion to the score.

Marcus Trumpp, best known for his additional work on some of Marco Beltrami's best scores really proves he can compose outstanding thematic material on his own with this great action score that can easily compete with recent blockbuster scores. While the album offers an amazing journey and some great action parts, it also manages to create emotional feelings even though they are not too common (vikings, stop crying! you have to be badasses!).