100 Rogues Soundtrack, Keith Burgun / Blake Reynolds, 2010
Not surprisingly, the 100 Rogues soundtrack is the score for a rogue-like, and a SNES-styled one at that. Thus, it poses a bit of a challenge for its composers – in theory, the SNES offers only so much timbral variety to keep all that murky dungeon crawling musically interesting. Thankfully, Keith Burgun and Blake Reynolds know how to compose a series of dungeon themes that playfully explore ways to create a subdued mood with relatively limited means. There’s the bleak but funky “Hell”, the excellently written, rhythmically tricky piano solo “Deeper Down the Dungeon Hole” and the orchestrally-minded “The Dungeon Deep”, laced with appropriately Gothic influences. Meanwhile, the battle themes blaze with the necessary fury, coming to a head with the biting, racing organ soli and blast beats of “Satan Fight!” Given how exceedingly well-developed all these tracks are, it’s no surprise then that the more lushly orchestral pieces that bookend this journey underground – “The Bandit Hole” and “Grand Finale” – are particularly delicious icing on this nostalgia-inducing cake.
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