Film scores

Soundtrack review: Navy Seals – The battle of New Orleans (various artists – 2015)

“Navy Seals – The battle of New Orleans” sounds so serious and intense and I can’t imagine why they would choose to market the movie under this title instead of its real name “Navy SEALs vs Zombies”. I bet people would flock to see it with this title. What could be cooler? Anything vs zombies is a must see these days. A team of highly skilled Navy SEALS find themselves embarking on the battle of their lives when they come face-to-face with the undead. After a deadly outbreak occurs in New Orleans, the SEALS must fight for their lives, and the city, against an army of zombies. That about does it. The score was written by a team of composers which includes Justin Raines, Drew Jordan, Brian Jackson Harris, Michael Wickstrom and Patrick De Caumette.

The opening of the score gave me hope because the tense and intense pulse of “Covert oops” promises great things. The electronic music rises like a tidal wave and doesn’t stop pounding. The composers don’t waste any time and go full dark on us. The music is simple and effective in setting a very uncomfortable and menacing atmosphere. A short insert like “Scream” makes me feel the terror of the undead.

The military factor is cleverly introduced in ‘Going to work” and I like how the inspirational theme is still hidden somewhere behind a dark veil. The music stays contained as if those soldiers were trapped in a basement and were beating at the metal door that’s holding them there. It’s a nice effect for me. I enjoy atmospheric moments like “New plan”. If a score includes a cue like this one I am happy.

There’s something about the sound of “Navy SEALs – The battle of New Orleans” that keeps me hooked. The composers didn’t overthink things and didn’t try to go full horror or full epic with their score. They went for the mood (including some sound effects that made me feel of zombies growling) and concentrating on this gave a very satisfying result for me. The music just never stops coming after me, chasing me, threatening me with a steady cadence. It actually didn’t make me think of zombies but of terminators because the album has that simple and terrifying menace of an army of bodies made from metal coming after me.

I also think this score will satisfy game music fans. What the composers did here could work very well for a straight up and addictive RPG game. I can see myself navigating dark corridors and facing dozens of enemies while listening to this music. If you want to hear a chilling and smart atmospheric score, go for this one.

Cue rating: 85 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 29 / 68

Album excellence: 43%

Highlights:

03_scream

07_new Plan

08_mobilization

09_sandman Is Down

15_surrounding Us

21_cals Sacrificer

22_epilogue

 

Tags

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).

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment