Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny Soundtrack, David Arkenstone / Frank Klepacki, 1997
While most game score fans will be familiar with Frank Klepacki through his Command & Conquer output, he also wrote a multitude of fantasy scores in the 1990s. For the second game in the Lands of Lore trilogy, Klepacki teamed up with Grammy Award-nominated new age composer David Arkenstone – and he undoubtedly leaves his imprint on Guardians of Destiny. True, the album is bookended by traditionally orchestral, lush fantasy writing. However, what gives the Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny soundtrack its musical individuality is the fact that most of the album consists semi-ambient synth washes. These moody pieces are atmospherically potent enough to keep listeners’ attention, the music evoking a solitary journey through jungles and over lonely mountain tops into sombre, imposing halls. With a focus on instruments such as glockenspiel, didgeridoo, gongs and other deep percussion, the score’s foreboding mood turns increasingly towards the mystical, before “City of the Ancients” takes that inclination and effortlessly transforms it into a bright and hopeful conclusion.
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