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1 review done for this album.
Wonderfully Brutal & Original
10 Mar 2010
Warning: This score is not for everyone. It takes some getting used to and an open mind.
This score is everything a score about hell should be. It's bold, shocking, and deliciously brutal. The low brass, timpani, bass drum, and toms put out a massive amount of sound and their patterns are relentless and driving. The high brass and woodwinds are often dissonant and sporadic. There are many passages with sliding tremolo string lines reminiscent of George Crumb's Black Angels
The defining aspect of the album is by far the choir. Much of the album utilizes a stirring shout/chant technique.
There are a few tracks you might want to check out if you are interested in the album.
3. Excessum Alighiero - Uses many of the interesting techniques mentioned above.
4. Dante Casarma Treloch - A perfect example of the shout chanting.
6. Redemption - A beautiful choral piece
Is it easy to listen to sometimes? No
Is it a brilliant display of modern orchestral writing? Yes
Does it fit the game and paint a great picture? Most definitely
In short, Garry Schyman's "Dante's Inferno" is aptly named because it is hellish in the best possible way. Approach it with an open mind.