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on 13 April 2007
If you are fan of huge epic movies, then you'll certainly appreciate the part that a decent musical score has to play in maintaining the epic vibe.
What Tyler Bates has done for Zack Snyder's eye-popping '300' is to take the production values of the movie (a tale of ancient Greek legend, performed by actors in period costume in a state-of-the-art, almost entirely CGI environment) and apply them to the score, thus providing an aural counterpart to Snyder's often staggeringly visual approach.
As a result, we get genre mainstays like massive choral chanting, plaintive solo vocalists and stirring orchestral anthems thrown into the mix with pounding computerised drum rhythms, shrieking feedback and the occasional burst of crunching industrial metal guitar riffing!
And somehow it works! The combination of old and new that we see onscreen is underlined all the more by the hybrid musical backdrop, elevating '300' to an entirely different experience on all levels. Opening track (and the film's closing theme) 'To Victory' perfectly sums up the intensity of what is to come over the course of 25 seperate pieces of music. There are a few more ambient, eerie pieces to break the mood but, overall, this is (like the film) an exercise in heads-down, teeth-grinding power.
That's not to say that it's flawless, already many accusations of (...) have been levelled at Bates, both from other composers and traditional music experts. Personally, i find it strange that many of the vocal solos sound more Arabic than Greek in influence, thereby playing more to the approaching Persian army than to the Spartans, but that's a minor niggle really.
If you enjoyed the film, chances are you'll enjoy the OST too. Simple as that.
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on 10 May 2007
I feel what ever i write, it won't do this wonderful score justice. From powerful percussion based tracks like "come and get them" to sweeping haunting tracks like "goodbye my love" that get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck.The beautiful vocals and even the electic guitars, everything works well in this soundtrack. Turn off the lights, put headphones on, close your eyes and let yourself be taken back to ancient Greece. A true masterpiece.
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If you happen to like epic, dramatic sounding music and soundtracks, then chances are you will like this! Its a little like a cross between Globus and Lisa Gerrard, haunting and powerful. Works a treat with the movie as well! The big gripe I have with most movie soundtracks written especially for the movie is that I wouldnt really want to listen to them when not viewing the movie, however I cant say that about this one, which is why it gets five stars rather than four in my vote :)
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VINE VOICEon 19 September 2007
As over-the-top and irresistable as the movie itself - sure it is more than a tad reminiscent of Elliot Goldenthal's score for 'Titus' (with a dash of Lisa Gerrard thrown in for good measure), but if the you're going to rip off someone, rip off the best. Vivid, vibrant and spellbinding this is one score not to miss.
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on 19 November 2013
If you're a fan of the film '300' and the amazing music is uses then you will not be disappointed with this CD. It was all the original soundtracks from the film. I personally love to listen to it when exercising. Quickly delivered too, so happy with this purchase.
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on 21 June 2014
There isn't much I can say, this soundtrack has it all, heavy drum beats and guitars, slow melodic moments. Its stands by itself as well as working brilliantly with the movie.
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on 3 February 2013
300, as a movie, is a masterpiece, this score is no different: it is one of the best ive heard period.
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on 13 April 2015
if you like this stuff! Then its excellent
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on 14 December 2015
Epic and moving ost just like the film!
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on 12 August 2014
Great music from the film.
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