Sunday, August 31, 2014

Priest


PRIEST (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by Christopher Young


Renovatio Records is pleased to present the original motion picture soundtrack for Priest, composed by horror master Christopher Young. The film directed by Scott Stewart and starring Paul Bettany, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Lily Collins, Cam Gigandet and Christopher Plummer is a dystopian post-apocalyptic science fiction story about a long-time war between humans and vampires. Bettany plays the title character, who hunts down the vampires after realizing that they are planning to release a final attacking horde against the last remnants of mankind. The film was panned by critics and audiences to such an extent that the making of potential sequels was cancelled. Despite these opinions, the film has a lot of visual delights to offer, with a characteristic stylish design and well-orchestrated action scenes. Another aspect that cannot be missed is Christopher Young's bombastic score.

Young is a versatile composer, having composed music in many different genres. However, he is mostly known for his horror scores, which choral and orchestral bursts of pure thematic passages. Priest is not the exception! Furthermore, listeners will find plenty of gothic themes, grandiose action sequences, tender and inspiring motifs, chilling creepiness and majestic choral beauty to quench their thirst for everything they should expect from a Young score.

The music was released by Lakeshore Records at the time the film was premiered. Though the album was very well-balanced and offered a great presentation of Young's work, the label left out a lot of considerably good music. With the appearance of expanded and complete bootlegs, here at Renovatio Records, we decided to put together our own take on this one, with new unreleased material and a whole different track arrangement. Be sure to rock your walls (and possibly, your neighbours') with this terrific and explosive score, includes some of the best music that Young has composed in his entire career!

Track listing:
1. Prologue (3:22)
2. Cathedral City (2:10)
3. Priest Fights Guards (3:32)
4. Family Photo (2:45)
5. Leaving City (3:12)
6. Priest Remembers (2:05)
7. Blackhat (4:01)
8. Killing Vamps (3:11)
9. Finding The Hive (3:40)
10. Eclipsed Heart (4:28)
11. Boarding The Vampire Train (4:58)
12. Blackhat Confrontation (4:21)
13. Aftermath (2:31)
14. Finale (4:57)
15. A World Without End (7:38)

Total running time: 56:51








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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rogue



ROGUE (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed by François Tetaz


Continuing our trend of man vs. man-eating creatures film scores, Renovatio Records presents Rogue, by composer François Tetaz. The 2007 Australian independent horror film is directed by Greg McNeal and is about a group of tourists that get caught in a small island in the Northern Territory of Australia. Soon they come to realize that they are being hunted by a massive and nasty crocodile. The film is probably the best 'crocodile genre' film ever made, with strong performances by Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington John Jarrat and the rest of cast, beautiful landscape shots, memorable scenes of pure suspense à la Jaws, and an outstanding and realistic CGI croc!!

The film is also heightened by its accompanying score, which relies heavily on a powerful string ensemble. In Rogue, you will hear almost everything that can be done with a group of strings: from soft and dramatic themes, to melodic ostinatos, to frenzied and dissonant shrieks, to a low and aggressive motif that emulates the growling of an actual crocodile! This is not all the music has to offer; you will also get to enjoy an impressive vocal work for the locale and the delightful "River Suite" track, a true standout of the soundtrack. For these reasons, this score can be considered a prominent entry in the genre for its originality and experimental choices.

The score never received an official commercial release. It's been only available in the form a promotional treament containing all the music from the film, with most of the tracks meshed together. Since the film is full of intense scenes, the music sometimes may become quite hard for a pleasing listening experience. This is why Renovatio Records has made a selection of the best parts of the score and developed an album that will let the listener enjoy the magnificent work Tetaz has done for a film that should receive more attention. This score is a truly masterpiece from a barely known composer that cannot be missed!!

Track listing:
1. Violence Of Nature (1:23)
2. Welcome To The Terrortory (1:25)
3. River Suite (6:10)
4. Katherine Gorge (2:00)
5. Stranger Come Here (2:41)
6. The Island (4:03)
7. The Rope (3:14)
8. I'm Not Gonna Leave You (2:07)
9. Swimming (2:09)
10. Alone In The Forest (2:02)
11. The Lair (3:38)
12. Requiem (4:40)
13. Nature Of Violence (1:54)

Total running time: 37:26








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Monday, August 11, 2014

The Relic


THE RELIC (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music Composed and Conducted by John Debney


New from Renovation Records: the original score for 1997 horror film The Relic, composed by John Debney. The film is based on a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child about a group of people forced to struggle for survival, as they find themselves trapped inside a museum with the company of the stalking Kothoga, a vicious monster hungry for human heads. Starring Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore in the lead roles, The Relic is often remembered for its terrific special effects, which were produced by none other than Stan Winston, the man behind the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, among others.

For film music fans, the film is also remembered for its distinctive score by John Debney, his first one in the horror genre. Despite being played by a rather small ensemble, the score manages to provide some remarkable moments of pure adrenaline and thrilling suspense. Many critics have commented that Debney's music stands on clichéd ground, but it cannot be denied that the score has its own identity, with memorable motifs on strings and lengthy and robust orchestral action passages.

The score was first introduced in 1997 as a limited 'Composer's Promo' edition, and in 2013, La-La Land Records released an expanded treatment with over an hour music. The problem with both releases was that they were badly balanced: the former with poor track arrangement and bad sound quality, and the latter with really lousy editing and mixing. This has led to many critics to disregard the score with unfavorable reviews. Now, Renovatio Records dares to bring this score together into a coherently arranged album that will make the listeners enjoy those moments of pure orchestral terror with a sound palette that hits like a powerful locomotive! Hopefully, they will appreciate this underrated score.

Tracklist:
1. The Ritual (3:49)
2. Boarding Ship (2:06)
3. Discovery of the Bodies (2:24)
4. Lab Analysis (1:52)
5. The Museum At Night (2:34)
6. The Gala (1:14)
7. Searching Below (2:11)
8. System Alert (2:52)
9. The Callisto Effect (1:48)
10. Kothoga Attacks (1:39)
11. S.W.A.T. Team Attack (3:07)
12. Tunnels (2:09)
13. the Trap (2:18)
14. Face To Face (6:17)
15. Lucky Bullet (0:58)
16. The Relic (4:58)

Total running time: 42:16








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Friday, August 1, 2014

The Ring


 THE RING (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Music by Hans Zimmer
Additional Music by Martin Tillman, Henning Lohner and James Dooley




Renovatio Records presents the original score for horror motion picture The Ring, composed by Hans Zimmer. The film is a remake of Japanese horror movie Ring and focuses on a cursed videotape. Those who watch it receive a phone call and supposedly die seven days later. After watching the mysterious tape, leads Naomi Watts and Martin Henderson must find the secret that lies within it before their countdown to death is over. The film also marked the beginning of a collaboration between director Gore Verbinski and composer Hans Zimmer, which would continue throughout a number of movies, including the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy.

For The Ring, Zimmer put together a small orchestral ensemble consisting primarily of a piano, a violin and two cellos to create an eerie and dissonant minimalistic score with a strong melodic baseline. In addition to bringing many intriguing and disturbing ideas into the horror genre, Zimmer explores many motifs and themes that evoke a melancholic atmosphere.

The first official album presentation for this score was three years after the film release. That soundtrack was presented by Decca/Universal with music from the original 2002 film and from the 2005 sequel, combined into lengthy suites. The Ring, as a stand-alone score, never received a proper treatment until now. Renovatio Records offers you the possibility to enjoy this small and haunting score, which represents a rarity within Zimmer's vast repertoire of blockbuster action and epic scores. WARNING: Music may be disturbing for some listeners. Lights on during listening experience is highly recommended.

Tracklist:
1. The Funeral (2:09)
2. Seven Days (2:18)
3. Before You Die You See The Ring (1:08)
4. Rachel (1:29)
5. Moesko Island (3:36)
6. She Never Sleeps (1:55)
7. The Farm (2:23)
8. Samara's Home (2:31)
9. Home Sweet Home (5:13)
10. The Well (3:00)
11. The Ring (8:10)

Total running time: 33:52









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