Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks, and The Coalition, released the official soundtrack for Gears of War 4 earlier this week. Developed by The Coalition, Gears of War 4 marks a new beginning for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in the history of video games. The soundtrack, composed by Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Iron Man) is available today via iTunes and Sumthing.com. The CD will be released on November 22nd and can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
Short review of Ramin Djawadi’s ‘Gears of War 4’ soundtrack
You can listen to the official soundtrack for Gears of War 4 below.
I wouldn’t say Ramin Djawadi’s soundtrack for Gears of War 4 ranks amongst my absolute favourite scores, personally, but I definitely do enjoy major parts of it without having played the game. I really like the atmosphere tracks like Almost Midnight or At the Doorstep create, which are more sound design and soundscape oriented. Cathedral of Pods then again is a menacing track that fits really well in the middle of the album, the vocals followed by the alarming strings in the second half of the track fit really well together. I also bet that the steadily forward pushing action tracks which amount to the majority of the soundtrack, enhance the gameplay itself really well.
Pieces like Recovery and Finale thus have a really strong impact because they evoke instantly a feeling of contemplation in a setting that is heavily based on battle. Recovery is definitely my favourite track on the album as it develops so nicely from the overall dark action feeling of the score to a very personal mood that grabs you right at where your heart should be. Finale then picks up where Recovery ends and develops it a bit further in an equally elegant way.
Overall, without having played the game, something seems to be missing, though, which might be another hint on it fitting ingame really nicely as most of its tracks shouldn’t distract too much from the actual gameplay but still support it in a good way.
About composer Ramin Djawadi
Renowned for scoring some of Hollywood’s biggest hit TV shows and films, including “Game of Thrones”, “Iron Man” and “Pacific Rim,” Ramin Djawadi has created a sweeping score that returns the franchise to the dark tone and intensity of the original and fuels the heart-pounding adventure and riveting story of “Gears of War 4.” Djawadi’s compositions were mixed with the sounds of the iconic Lancers, Gnashers and voices of the franchise.
About ‘Gears of War 4’
The first chapter of an all-new “Gears” saga thrusts players into an epic and perilous journey through the Wilds of Sera. Fight as JD Fenix – son of the legendary hero Marcus Fenix – as he embarks on a desperate mission with his friends Kait and Del to find their missing loved ones and confront a fearsome new threat.
“Gears of War” is one of the most celebrated sagas in video game history. Launched to critical acclaim in 2006, the original defined the first-generation of HD gaming and went on to become a $1 billion dollar franchise enjoyed by 45 million players worldwide. “Gears of War” titles are published by Microsoft Game Studios and are developed by The Coalition, the development studio led by “Gears of War” co-creator Rod Fergusson. More information can be found at gearsofwar.com.