The Lord Of The Rings Online: The Riders Of Rohan Soundtrack Review. This is a review of the video game score The Lord Of The Rings Online: The Riders Of Rohan by Chance Thomas.
“It is a very strong score almost all the way from start to finish.”
The Riders of Rohan is the fourth expansion in the MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online. It was released on October 15, 2012 as a web-based download and on Steam. The Riders of Rohan expansion features 6 new regions, all part of the Eastemnet: The Wold, The East Wall, The Norcrofts, The Sutcrofts, The Entwash Vale, and The Eaves of Fangorn. The score is composed by Chance Thomas.
|1. Lotro Legacy||100|
|2. Theme For Rohan||100|
|3. Urgent Errands||100|
|4. Horse Lords Of Norcrofts||80|
|5. Shadow Of Argonath||100|
|6. Boromir’s Last Stand||80|
|7. The Eored||100|
|8. Heart Of A Hero||100|
|9. Learning To Ride||100|
|10. Learning To Fight||80|
|11. The Entwash Vale||80|
|12. Orc Encounter||80|
|13. Corruption And High Treason||80|
|14. Horse Und Hererinc||80|
|15. Roaming Free||80|
|16. Calm Before The Storm||80|
|17. The Conflict Comes||80|
|20. Boromir Seeks The Ring||80|
|21. Struggle For The Ring||80|
|22. Fog Of Wormtongue||60|
|23. Moria Highlight Reel (Bonus)||80|
Chance Thomas is back with another score from The Lord Of The Rings Online universe. This time with the addon Riders Of Rohan. I’ve always enjoyed this music, even though it’s natural (and unfair) to compare it to Howard Shore’s film scores. Yeah it’s bloody unfair in fact, but it happens automatically and I can’t help it. It’s nowhere near as good, but it’s good enough in my opinion. I love the fact that in the cue ‘Lotro Legacy’ Thomas has created his own version of Shore’s themes, and it works great for me.
Both in ‘Theme For Rohan’, ‘Shadow Of Argonath’ and other’s, Thomas has used Celtic music, perhaps more so than the films, but it’s also a good inclusion. It gives the score more of an own sound than most scores. If you are into this universe you will no doubt enjoy this score as you have the others.
While we were waiting for Howard Shore’s Hobbit score, this score did just fine as something that belongs in Tolkien’s universe in my opinion. It’s not great, but it is a very strong score almost all the way from start to finish. Pick this up if you are a fan of fantasy game scores.
GEEK SCORE: 83.4 (SGI: 315*)
*SGI is the current placement in the overall Soundtrack Geek Index (Lower number is better…)