Skylanders: Giants soundtrack will take you for a ride

I’m sure I’m not the only one to sit down and ponder, “Whatever happened to Spyro the dragon?” Well Spyro is back with his new Skylander pals in an all new adventure: Skylanders: Giants. The evil powers of KAOS threaten the Skylands and our heroes must now enlist the help of the Giants, once powerful beings who waged war on the Skylands and were banished to Earth, if they have any hope of saving their homeland. Lorne Balfe produced the soundtrack for this title and we here at NR were lucky enough to get our hands on it.

Balfe’s resume is nothing short of impressive. Not only has he worked on other gaming titles such as Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III, but he has worked extensively on a number of Oscar and Golden Globe nominated films such as Sherlock Holmes,Inception and Frost/Nixon (Sherlock Holmes and Inception were also nominated for Best Score). Balfe also won a Grammy for his work producing the score to Nolan’s 2008 epic The Dark Knight.

Ok, seriously? Skylanders is bringing in the fire power here. One of the reasons Inception and The Dark Knight are such fantastic movies is because of the musical score. Upon learning this information, it was no surprise that I was really excited to give the Skylanders: Giants soundtrack a listen.

Balfe got his start in Hollywood by providing some extra track to films such as Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 and the influence definitely shows. The entire soundtrack feels like you’re embarking on a great island adventure. The string instruments really build up the anticipation in the intro of the first track Giants before the rest of the song drops onto you. It felt like I was being whisked through the air (being a Flight Attendant in my spare time, I recognize the feeling). I recommend putting on the headphones and cranking the volume way up for the third track, “Rumbletown”, especially for the last 20 seconds, as all but the percussion are mixed out creating quite the epic feel. “Arena Battlez’s” pounding rhythms remind me of Stomp and are enough to make even Phil Collins jealous. “Drill-X’s Big Rig” and the aptly named “Secret Vault of Secrets” feel like they would  complement the Red Alert/Command & Conquer series perfectly, as Lorne Balf does a fantastic job of mixing traditional musical elements with more modern, electro sounds.

All in all, this soundtrack would go great with any form of strategy game(or Sid Meier’s Pirates). So grab a few friends, dust off the old game of risk and turn on the Ipod. You won’t be disappointed.

Grade: A-

You can hear the score via the trailer below.

Skylanders: Giants hits shelves on October 21st, 2012, for the Wii, PS3XBOX 360 and Nintendo 3DS

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Born and raised in the great white north, Eric grew up playing PC games and reading more Archie comics than is humanely possible. Clark Kent look-a-like on an epic quest to play all the retro games he wasn't allowed to as a child!

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