by Joseph LoDuca
Varèse Sarabande VSD-5411
Released 1992
Things start off very strong with the confident "Prologue" very nicely performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. A great theme follows in "Building the Deathcoaster" and we've already decided this disc was worth the purchase. Things slow down a bit after the beginning but it's never dull to listen to. Danny Elfman's composition "March of the Dead" doesn't really add much to the score that LoDuca hasn't already handled himself, and I think it's a bit of a stretch to put Elfman's name on the disc's spine. (Take one look at "Dante's Peak" where you won't find James Newton Howard's name on the spine.) Back to the music - a flavorful, colorfully orchestrated score to accent a sly medieval horror comedy (a new genre to be sure) - and a very pleasant listen. Highly Recommended.

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