Bulletstorm Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Bulletstorm by Michal Cielecki and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz.
“Many cues could have been worked on a little more to bring the ratings up, but I still having trouble catching my breath after listening to this action rollercoaster and the best of all: It’s all free.”
Bullestorm is a first-person shooter video game developed by People Can Fly and Epic Games. The game was released on February 22, 2011 in the US. It all takes place in the 26th century. The main character’s ship crash-lands in a hospitable environment on a planet called Stygia, a former resort planet now overrun with meat-eating plants, feral mutant tribes, criminal and Godzilla-sized monsters. The score is written by Michal Cielecki and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz.
|1. Bulletstorm Theme||100|
|2. Quit Being Cute||100|
|3. A Moment of Luck in the Sea of Misfortune||100|
|4. The Mistaken Signals||60|
|5. The Storm||100|
|6. Hostiles on Our Tail||100|
|7. Trishka Falls||60|
|8. The Brakes Are Out||80|
|10. A Way Through||60|
|11. No Sudden Movement||60|
|12. Far Side of the Cavern||60|
|13. Skull Hunting Party||80|
|14. A Giant Cloud of Impending Doom||80|
|15. Gotta Be an Out||80|
|16. My Cyborg Components||80|
|17. Bound to End||60|
|18. Rumors Were True||100|
|19. Soaking the Ambiance||80|
|22. This One Last Time||80|
|23. Too Many to Kill Them All||100|
|24. Fueled Up & Leaving Stygia||80|
I had no idea who Michal Cielecki or Krzyzstof Wierzynkiewicz were before I listened to Bulletstorm so I did a bit of checking. Michal is an experienced classical/jazz percussionist and soundtrack composer. He has created music for a couple of games before Bulletstorm like Crime Lab: Body of Evidence and Axel: Wielka Ucieczka. Krzystof is a composer for video games, film and TV. Previously he has scored The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings and Abyss Light: Frozen Systems.
Now that the formalities are over, how about we talk about the music?
Get ready to rock with Bulletstorm, because this is an all-out action score which is a mix of orchestral music fused with metal. Sounds fun? It is!
The main theme called ‘Bulletstorm Theme’ is one of the better action main themes I have heard in any game, let alone film or TV. It starts off in epic Zimmer-ish fashion, but it expands upon that and goes into Two Steps From Hell mode with lots of chorals and explosive rhythms. The melody is wonderful as well, sort of doom and gloom, but the orchestration makes it sound truly epic.
The action hits you hard with tracks like ‘Quite Being Cute’ and ‘A Moment of Luck in the Sea of Misfortune’. These guys are not afraid to really bring it. It sounds great, like trailer music, but usable for the game.
Many cues could have been worked on a little more to bring the ratings up, but I still having trouble catching my breath after listening to this action rollercoaster and the best of all: It’s all free. I would easily pay for this score as it is one I would pick up and listen to a lot, particularly the best cues. Michal Cielecki and Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz are action maestro’s and even Brian Tyler, Hans Zimmer and Steve Jablonsky has something to learn here.
GEEK SCORE: 80.8
Oh did I mention that this score is complete FREE?
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