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Soundtrack review – The brotherhood (Arnau Battaler – 2014)

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This score is a quiet and mysterious person who doesn’t talk much, but when it does, you believe and like what it tells you

“The brotherhood” (La Hermandad) is a Spanish thriller about a horror author who ends up at a secluded Benedictine monastery. The score was written by Arnau Battaler. I loved his [REC]4 score from this year.

The composer knows what he wants to communicate to us and does it so very well. The horror and religious themes of the movie blend in a very enjoyable way. The choirs are the link between them and they dance on both sides of the music. The horror atmospheric cues are quiet and unsettling.
But I keep waiting for something to jump out of the shadows. This might be my major problem with “The brotherhood”: the lack of truly standout moments. I am not scared by this score. It raises some questions, it makes me feel at unease, but it never truly grabs me.

The religious parts are melodic and deep and I enjoy them more than the tense cues.
The melodic thread keeps this score interesting and makes me ignore the lack of themes.
Strangely enough, the score comes alive in a track called “Isolated”, a rebellion of the orchestra against the overall mood. This cue marks a turning point in the score, and we start getting action, deep and beautiful
“Get them!” is a melodic and thrilling chase cue that really got my pulse up.

“The brotherhood” is one of those scores you know is going to reward you in the end. Arnau Battaler convinces me to trust him and I am not wrong in doing so. The melodies get warmer, tenderer as the score progresses and “My daughter” just might be my favorite from the bunch.
This score is a quiet and mysterious person who doesn’t talk much, but when it does, you believe and like what it tells you. Just listen to its “Confession”.

Cue rating: 72  / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 23 / 46

Album excellence: 50%

Highlights:

Discovering the Past

Isolated

Get Them!

My Daughter

The Confession

The Brotherhood

 

About the author

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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