Raze Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Raze by Frank Riggio.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 70
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0
Album Excellence: 0
Raze is a 2013 American horror film directed by Josh C. Waller and starring Zoë Bell, Rachel Nichols and Tracie Thoms. A young woman is abducted by an elite, secret society and wakes to find herself in the company of fifty other women who are, just like her, forced to fight for their lives in an unimaginable hell. The score is composed by Frank Riggio.
The score opens with ‘Jamie vs Sabrina’, a dark harrowing distorted musical piece, created for one reason only, to put the feeling of doubt, shame and disbelief into focus. It’s almost hard to listen to, the way the instruments are distorted like that, yet clear enough to make out a theme. If you thought that was dark and depressing enough, the main theme ‘Raze – Main Theme’ is going deeper down. It’s not the sort of theme you’ll have a lot of joy from, but it’s interesting from a mood perspective. Raze does have a certain mood, and doesn’t go down the “standard” horror route. Props for that.
This score is focusing on personal battles between characters. You have a lot of “vs” cues like ‘Phoebe vs Dee Pt.I’ and ‘Sabrina vs Isabelle’. What I don’t get from them, and I think I should, is some kind of identity. I don’t know these characters, but I would like to know them through music. These are battle cues of of some sort and sometimes there are Asian flavoured music over western music which is good, but there’s nothing really that sticks out. I can’t go back and listen to the Sabrina theme or Rachel theme for example which is a shame, because that would have really made this score stick out and do something extra for the listener.
I don’t see myself coming back for this score, but if I do, it’s for the moods which are interesting in itself. It’s not a pretty score by any means, but it gets the job done. Is it enough? Not for me personally. I still feel there are huge opportunities lost here, mainly because there are a lot of characters which could have (and should have) been given more personality. Right now there are 50 women and some bad guys, but it’s all just a big huddle instead of individual awesomeness. That’s my biggest gripe for this score, but it’s not a terrible score, it just doesn’t do that much for me and at the end of the day, that’s a disappointment.