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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Echoes Of War: A Musical Blizzard
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Blizzplanet recently published a review of Echoes of War, a 2 disc album and DVD package featuring a collection of orchestral themes spanning Blizzard Entertainment's game universes. The article offers an examination of the album's musical offerings as well as the extras provided in the Legendary Edition.

From the review:

The first piece of Disc One is the Journey to Kalimdor from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. It is just awesome and thrilling to hear it. It is so loud and crystal clear in the hands of so many professional musicians. It is true to its original musical arrangement. The second piece titled Eternityís End is also from Warcraft III. It is somewhat based on the original but with some special touches that make it differ slightly. It is a medley inspired on Lordaeronís Fall and Eternityís End soundtracks originally composed by Glenn Stafford and Jason Hayes. Yet so powerful. I had to play it a second time to taste it. Great voices. The Chorus is great. Such a variety of instruments taking brief spotlights.

I couldnít believe how crazy it sounds to hear the Starcraft Terran Gameplay main theme in all symphony orchestra splendor. How did they even manage to bring the techno-beat into reality with an orchestra is beyond my imagination. It has some elements that differ from the original theme, but overall it was great to listen to, it is fragmented into so many detailed pieces and beats assigned to so many different instruments. It simply fits well. Let me remind you each single instrument in this Echoes of War is a real person. A real musician reading music from a sheet and playing an instrument. A real symphony orchestra played by human beings. The various themes are inspired from First Contact, Terran 1, Terran 2, Terran 3, Terran Ready Room, Terran Defeat, Terran Victory, the Death of the Overmind, Funeral for a Hero and Dearest Helena soundtracks originally composed by Glenn Stafford and Jason Hayes.

Many Diablo fans will love Eternal Conflict. Itís a medley of the best themes in Diablo II and Lord of Destruction including a portion from the Tristram theme. It contains small portions from eight soundtracks originally composed by Matt Uelmen. My only regret is the Tristram tempo was slower than the original. I loved to hear the performance of the Diablo II loading screen theme. Itís a pity to hear it only as a portion of a medley. Hopefully Eminence is able to create single albums with complete themes of the Diablo Series. Same for each of the IPs, but individually. Only time will tell if we will see that happening. It all might depend on whether this edition is welcomed well by the fans.
Click over to the link below to read the entire review.

Blizzplanet: Echoes Of War Review
Blizzard Entertainment

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