The Blocks Cometh Soundtrack, HyperDuck SoundWorks, 2011
Before The Blocks Cometh, HyperDuck SoundWorks had made a name for themselves with their maximalist combination of enthusiastic chiptune and balls-to-the-walls metal (their genre highlight A.R.E.S.: Extinction Agenda wasn’t written for a Western game and thus isn’t included on this site). For the The Blocks Cometh soundtrack, HyperDuck focus entirely on vintage chiptune sounds and prove that they’re more than able to let them carry this short, but substantial album on their own. Opener “The Block Menace (Menu Theme)”, as well as “Revenge Of The Block..th (GameBot Menu Theme)” are surprising 180 degree turns from HyperDuck’s previous wall of sound approach. These are tranquil, relaxing pieces that let soothing synth chords wash over listeners, presaging FEZ in their dreamy gaze. “Attack Of The Blocks (Main Theme)” and “A New Block (GameBot Level Theme)” show HyperDuck working in more familiar, but still new terrain, ploughing through heavy grooving chiptune prog rock, full of unexpected melodic twists and turns.
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