Soundtrack Review: Desync

Soundtrack Review: Desync

Desync Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Desync by Daniel Deluxe and Volkor X.

Desync Vol. 1

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 40.9
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Desync Vol. 2

At a glance:

Geek Score: 100
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 29
Album Excellence: 100%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Desync is a 2017 video game developed by The Foregone Syndicate and published by Adult Swim Games. It was released on Steam Feb 28, 2017. DESYNC is an intense, single-player first person shooter that begs you to play dangerously and creatively. Eliminate your opponents as you perform violent attack sequences using the explosive digital weaponry and lethal side-arms at your disposal. Switch weapons and move masterfully to unleash Attack Sequences – special moves that deal bonus damage and effects. Launch an enemy into a trap with a well-placed shotgun blast, then destroy another while they’re in the air. Think quickly and discover new combinations to maximize your score and decimate the leaderboards. Volume 1 score is composed by Daniel Deluxe and volume 2 score is composed by Volkor X.

There are two volumes of score available for this game and both are available to buy as downloadable content for this game or on the composers Bandcamp page. For some of you, Daniel Deluxe and Volkor X won’t mean much, but for me, it represents excitement. I have been following them on Bandcamp and Soundcloud for a while and they primarily make music in the synthwave genre. Generally speaking it’s a sub-genre of synth music that mimics the classic synths of the 80s, hence my excitement. I’m all about the 80s and I will be quite disappointed if the scores have nothing to do with that. I’m checking out both Volume 1 and Volume 2 in this review and will give them individual scores. To start things off, both Daniel deluxe and Volkor X are credited for the opening cue ‘The System’. And if you had the same worry as me that this score wouldn’t include 80s synth, you can relax. Daniel Deluxe and Volkor X doesn’t disappoint.

This is a lovely homage to 80s synth music, the darker side. It’s sometimes described as darkwave when the music fits a darker premise like an imaginary horror or science fiction film from the golden era. This is music like that, and for fans of Far Cry Blood Dragon, this would work quite nicely. I always like to think what the composers inspirations are when I listen to this kind of music. I haven’t read any interviews of Daniel Deluxe and Volkor X directly, but many synthwave composers base their music and sound on various pop culture references from the 80s. Already in the opening cue, you can start to dream about your favorite action and science fiction experiences from 80s pop culture.

Volkor X’s volume 2 is a shorter one, but with some interesting track lengths. They’re longer and there’s also a cue called ‘Beacon’ featuring Dimi Kaye who is very involved in the synthwave genre. Also, Volkor X’s music is harder, darker and faster than Daniel Deluxe’s volume 1, so if you are into that, then you’re golden. The best cue on both scores though is ‘Beacon’ and that may or may not be because it featured Dimi Kaye or the fact that it has a kick-ass guitar solo. Overall, if you are into this kind of music, you know that you’ll love both volumes of Desync. I love them both.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Vol. 1
1. The System
2. Disobey
3. Aggressor
4. Breakout
5. Enemy
6. Cyberoptics
7. The Key
8. The Link
9. Momentum
10. Connected
11. Railgun

Vol. 2
1. The Duel
2. Centaur
3. Masked Death (Desynced Mix)
4. The System Reloaded
5. Beacon

GD Star Rating
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