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Soundtrack review: Nitro Nation (DFAD – 2015)

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“Nitro nation” is the ultimate car tuning and racing game. From what I see it’s heaven for those who enjoy the genre and love to spend their online time customizing cars and drag racing. The visuals look amazing and there are a lot of options to choose from in order to tune your perfect car. I am not into car racing games but I am into the glamorous and thrilling sounds they usually bring. In this case, the musical score for the game as well as all the sound effects were done by DFAD and this is my first contact with their music.

Like I said, I heard a lot of car racing game and movie scores and I have my own idea about how they should sound. There are six separate themes on this score depending on the game play area they are featured in. Now for a guy who is not into dub step and techno I am having way too much of a good time listening to “Highway theme”. I can feel its appeal and it can become addictive very fast. I feel the need to raise the volume midway through. I couldn’t listen to hours of this but the score is only 25 minutes long and this is a dose I can manage. I can already imagine myself running with a theme like this in my ears. Or not, because I would have to run much faster than I am used to and I wouldn’t be able to stop.

“Circuit theme” changes the pace and goes all rock. This is more my area and I am getting the feeling that this score will actually be a competition for trailer music albums. It has the same adrenaline rush, the same perfect production and the same impact. There’s no place for emotions in this score but I don’t think there would be time for them in the fast moving car racing world. It’s all glamour and thrills.

There’s variation on “Nitro Nation”, even if the general beats might sound similar. “Bridge theme” is even more alert and faster moving. “Garage theme” starts a little slower and distorted and I can feel that the action has moved inside. This is the theme that plays when you keep switching parts and choosing the different components for your tuned car. The “City theme” is even more insanely techno and almost too much for me. Fans of the genre will go crazy with this one.

The sound of “Nitro nation” is fresh and exciting. This is all a car racing venture needs and I’ve heard scores for similar games of movies that didn’t capture the mood so well. It was short and sweet and I had a great time listening to it.

Cue rating: 86 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 6 / 24

Album excellence: 27%

Highlights:

Circuit Theme

Highway Theme

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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