Soundtrack Review: Ashes Of The Singularity

Soundtrack Review: Ashes Of The Singularity

Soundtrack Review: Ashes Of The Singularity

At a glance:

Geek Score: 85.3
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.5
Album Excellence: 36%

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Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy video game developed by Oxide Games and Stardock Entertainment. The game was released for Microsoft Windows on March 31, 2016. Take command of an entire world’s resources to build up massive armies, research new technologies, and annihilate all those who stand in your way! This new, massive-scale real-time strategy game will have you managing vast armies and fighting a war on multiple fronts against your enemies. the score is composed by Geoff Knorr, Richard Gibbs & Michael Curran.

Knorr & Curran is an exciting duo who were involved with the amazing score to Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth, a sci-fi turn based strategy game, which also won Best Video Game Score of 2014 in Soundtrack Geek Awards 2015. This looks to have quite a few sci-fi elements as well and I hope that it inspired them to new heights. The score opens with ‘Halee’s Theme’ by Geogg Knorr, a bleak but impressive opening theme. It does feels like doomsday and the war is getting close. The theme feels familiar to me though. Where have I heard it before? Classical music? I can’t think of it right now, but it’s a really good theme that I love. ‘Ashes Theme’ by Michael Curran is a simpler and more positive theme, almost to a fault. The ending takes a leaf from classic themes such as Chariots Of Fire. It’s a good theme, but I enjoyed the Halee’s theme a bit more.

Richard Gibbs musical debut comes with ‘The Substrate’, a mysterious moody piece, quite complex and interesting beast it is too. It doesn’t have the hook like the themes had, but on it’s own it’s very interesting and quite good in it’s own way. If it’s going to exploratory and vague, I prefer it the way ‘Exploring The Unknown’ is. There’s an underlying theme, but it’s not the main focus on the cue and it is less intrusive as well. The first action cue ‘Herculian Aggression’ I like quite a bit. It has a strong militaristic feel to it, but it also has a strong theme to carry it. I do think I was spoiled with Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Borders. Sometimes a score impresses so much that it shouldn’t be used as a comparison tool and I think we shouldn’t do that here either. Ashes Of Singularity is it’s own thing and far from as impressive as Beyond Borders was, but it’s still a very good score that could have benefitted from a little more in the theme department, but this is great music to wage war with inside a game.

HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Halee’s Theme
5. Exploring The Unknown
11. Encountering Opposition
15. Ghosts Of Earth
17. Pursuit
19. Making Progress
21. The Post Human Advance
24. Beyond Cygnus
25. Pursuing Superiority
30. Post Human Triumph

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