Bloodrayne: Betrayal Soundtrack, Jake Kaufman, 2011
It’s difficult to write about Bloodrayne: Betrayal without using superlatives – but how often do you get a game score that doesn’t nail one, but three or four different genres to perfection, AND successfully pays homage to one of game music’s most revered franchises? Conceived as a mix between Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and the work of symphonic metal band Nightwish, Bloodrayne: Betrayal features some of the most bombastic, well-written metal to grace a Western game score. Jake Kaufman manages to capture the unmistakable, characteristic spirit of classic Castlevania albums, presenting it in a contemporary rendition that generates an exuberant, jaw-dropping wall of sound. Interspersed with these perfect amalgamations of metallic and orchestral might are exquisitely luxurious pieces for solo piano / violin and swooning strings that bring out the romantic side of the album’s Gothic mood. And then there’s the fact that Kaufman – as a bonus – renders the whole score in 8-bit chiptune style, effectively turning the Bloodrayne: Betrayal soundtrack into two outstanding albums combined into one work for the ages.
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