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Soundtrack review: Dragon Age Inquisition: The descent / Trespasser (Trevor Morris – 2015)

Last year’s “Dragon Age: Inquisition” was one of the best games scores I heard. Trevor Morris came out swinging and hit me with powerful themes and epic pieces. That score was long and magnificent from start to finish so any extension to that, even a year later, is more than welcomed. It’s time now to hear the music for two DLC (downloadable content) created for the game: The Descent is the second single-player downloadable content for the game. Players play as the Inquisitor, and have to venture to the Deep Roads to investigate an earthquake that threatened the lives of all citizens in Thedas. New characters will be introduced in this DLC. Announced on August 5, 2015, The Descent was released on August 11, 2015 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Trespasser is the third and the last single-player downloadable content for the game. Players continue to assume the role of the Inquisitor, and have to face against a Qunari invasion and reestablish the authority of the Inquisition. The Trespasser DLC is set two years after the original game’s ending.

And there it is…there’s the thrill I know and love…there’s the goose bump inducing sound I missed…the main theme of “Descent” invites me on an epic and emotional journey I am ready for. There’s no prelude, no treading water. The music just rises and takes me over with its might. One theme such as this and I’m all set to fight, conquer, defend and do all the things I only dreamed about. Dear Trevor, it’s dangerous to write music so awesome and inspirational because you might make people trust themselves too much.

Ah, that’s right, go for the gut now with “Aftermath”… make my knees feel week and make me feel all this regret for…something. I don’t know what it is but you make me care deeply about it. That’s the beauty of the music of “Dragon Age”; every single note is charged with emotional content and every single sound charges me as a listener. The music moves me, motivates me, scares me, and makes me wonder. The music makes me feel and there’s no higher compliment for a composition.

“Trespasser” is just more of the same rich and colorful epic music. I feel like a kid ready to jump in the rubber ball pit: I just want to dive in and gather as many as I can without the fear of running out. The music of “Dragon Age” gives me the safety that no matter how many times I might listen to a cue, the next one is going to be just as awesome. Dear Trevor Morris, please never stop writing music.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 26 / 26

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Descent – Main Theme

Descent – Aftermath

Descent – Titan

Descent – Edge Of The Abyss

Descent – Legion Of The Dead

Trespasser – Dark Solas Theme

Trespasser – Lost Elf Theme

Trespasser – Qunari Atmosphere

Trespasser – Qunari Mission

Trespasser – Qunari Battle (Full 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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