Wow! This one is a real surprise! I was half expecting the music for the new Sony Playstation 2 Game to be a loud, electronic, Rock-fest that would vibrate against my eardrums hours after hearing it. Well, the good news is that this score is the complete opposite.
The music score by Bob and Barn (real names Paul Arnold and Andrew Barnabas) was originally created electronically but the Game producers felt that 'Primal' deserved some five-star Hollywood treatment and requested that the score be transposed into a full orchestral setting.
This is exactly what we have! 'Primal' is an orchestral and choral tour-de-force with strong themes and rich orchestrations. There are some fine soloists highlighted of which the most effective is the, quite simply, stunning voice of Michaela Srumora. The performance by The City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus is actually quite breathtaking - always assured and growing more mature under the baton of the score's orchestrator Nic Raine.
Each cue has something to offer; from the Mummy-esque opening to the 'Devil's Waltz' and the action of 'Raum And Empusa' to the tranquillity of 'Arella's Theme' and 'Jen Meets Arella' the score takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion.
However, even after all this there is one track that is mind-blowingly gorgeous and one of the most stunningly beautiful themes I have ever heard; 'A Kingdom Restored' features soaring, transparent strings, together with the solo soprano all playing a lovely theme with the sound of a plucking harp underneath.
This is a great score not for a motion picture. Wouldn't it be great if these guys would go on to score a major Hollywood fantasy epic!