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Soundtrack review: Fall of gods (Francois Jolin – 2016)

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Soundtrack review: Fall of gods (Francois Jolin – 2016)


“Fall of gods” is an illustrated book inspired by Norse mythology, following Vali, a warrior haunted by his past, but who has found peace in the arms of a woman. For years he has lived far from society, tending to his farm and trying to forget the battles he fought…and the crimes he committed. But one day his love disappears, and he must set out to find her. He will once again have to face the creatures of Jotunheim and the powerful Aesir. Suddenly, the man he thought he had buried deep down inside has risen to the surface once more…and he comes seeking vengeance. Great. I love Norse mythology. The score is written by Francois Jolin.

The superb melodic end of “The hunt” announces great things for this score. I love the peaceful feeling of riding a horse it brings me. There are shadows in this opening theme but I prefer to focus on the beautiful parts. It’s interesting how this pattern repeats itself in the next cue as well: a slow start then a beautiful buildup then back to quiet. I love the middle build up and I know I wouldn’t have appreciated them as much without the slow beginning. I love the little journeys each of these cues represent.

The score takes off with the pirate sounding “ I need alcohol”. This fun and sharp cue reminds me of the most memorable moments from the “Vikings” scores. Just strings and percussion makes this one a cue to keep close. From this moment on the music gets strong and focused and I’m really getting into it. It chomps and chomps and beats its drum at a relentless pace I can’t get enough of. Those are my favorite moments from “Fall of gods”. When I hear a cue like “Duel” I just feel like getting out of my seat and run. I don’t know who’s chasing me but I need to run, and fast. Adrenaline through the roof with a cue like this.

Some of the quieter moments don’t speak to me that much. They serve as tension builders for the general atmosphere but it’s the louder or melodic parts that make me love this score. This score feels as cold as it should be considering the general setting of the story. The composer uses instruments that suggest cold, mist and vast areas and when there’s a need to punctuate an epic moment we get choral inserts that always get to me. “Wolf’s layer” wouldn’t have been such a gorgeous cue without the voice.

I liked “Fall of gods” a lot. It made sense as a standalone listen as well and I found something to enjoy in every cue. I’m sure you will too.

Cue rating: 90 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 20 / 43

Album excellence: 46%



I need alcohol




Wolf’s lair





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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