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Soundtrack review: World of Warcraft – Warlords of Draenor (2014)

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Soundtrack review: World of Warcraft – Warlords of Draenor (2014)



The “World of Warcraft” is wide and fascinating for many. The fifth expansion in one of the most successful game franchises ever is called “World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor” and was launched in November 2014.  I am not a gamer, but I do remember being in Warcraft at the beginning, almost 20 years ago, when it was just a normal PC game I used to talk to my class mates about.

As usual, a new release means a new exciting score, and this one starts with a bang as impressive as this imaginary world itself. There are few words to describe how awesome “A siege of worlds” is. Epic is too small of a word for how stirring this 12 minutes long overture is. I felt as if a giant hammer had pinned me to my chair and then started beating an even bigger anvil right near my ears, while an army of monsters were howling at my door, beating giant hammers themselves, asking me to let them in because they were all running from even bigger and tougher creatures who, as it turns out, were just the gentle pets of the true giants in this track. I needed to take out my earphones and have a break after this cue, because I needed to catch my breath and quiet down the echoes it planted inside me.  Surely it will make my short list of the best cues of 2014.

From then on, since my baptism by fire had been done, I toughened up and didn’t stop the score for another 65 minutes. And what a journey it turned out to be… Few movies manage to have such an epic, emotional and intense score. It’s true though… just like in the legends, it took seven mighty composers to forge this amazing composition: Russell Brower, Neal Acree, Clint Bajakian, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, Edo Giudotti, Jason Hayes, Eimear Noone and Glenn Stafford . All of them came together and delivered a mighty score with a rich, thick thematic content and a sound for the ages.

I’ve already mentioned the epic…
There’s tenderness in the superb and haunting solo violin on “Visions of the prophet”, there’s a gentle Irish sound in “Old growth” and “Sacrifice”… there’s choirs… there’s action… the score is as thrilling as they can get and I dearly recommend it to anyone who loves epic music. The blistering beginning is matched by a wonderful ending; ”Tides of war” is driven by a piercing violin and perfect Irish motifs that promise the story will not end there…

It’s been a real pleasure to hear it and, alongside “The elder scrolls online” and “Civilization”, it will end up as part of an amazing year for game scores. This “World of Warcraft” score is one of the most exciting scores I’ve heard all year.

Cue rating: 94 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 78 / 78

Album excellence: 100%


A Siege of Worlds

The Homeworld Beckons

Times Change

Eternal Night

Clan Warsong

Visions of the Prophet

The Foundry




Old Growth

Instruments of the Arcane

We Will Be Conquerors

Ways of the Ancient Ones



Iron Dawn


Tides of War

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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