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Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures OST

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Catalog Number: 0192492ERE
Released On: December 1, 2008
Composed By: Knut Avenstroup Haugen, Turbonegro
Arranged By: Knut Avenstroup Haugen, Turbonegro
Published By: Edel Records
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 1 CD
Tracklist:

Disc One
The Dreaming
01 - "Ere the World Crumbles..."
The First Journey: Awakening In Tortage
02 - The Sands of Forgetfulness - Tortage Beach
03 - The Damp Barachan Nights
04 - The Awakening - Hyborian Adventures
The Second Journey: Ascending Cimmeria
05 - The Arrival - Cimmerian Welcome
06 - Nighttime Journey Through the Eiglophian Mountains
07 - The Vista from Mount Crom
08 - The Lure of Atali
09 - Phalanx of Conquest
10 - Field of the Dead
11 - Echoes of Atlantis
The Third Journey: Aquilonia
12 - Hamlets of Aquilonia
13 - Behold! Tarantia - Royal City
14 - Hymn for King Conan
15 - Awash In the Golden Fields of Poitain
16 - Foundations of the Temple - Mitra
The Final Journey: Descent - The Darkness of Stygia
17 - Akhet - Portal to Stygia
18 - Beyond the Pyramid - Sunrise In Khopshef Province
19 - The Purple Lotus Swamp
20 - Kheshatta - City of Mages
21 - The Black Ring Citadel - Final Memory
At Last the Meaning Revealed: Combat Reborn
22 - I. Stygia
23 - II. Cimmeria
24 - III. Aquilonia
The Dreaming Anew
25 - Memories of Cimmeria
Total Time:
71'51"

Disc Two
Turbonegro
01 - Destroy All Monsters
02 - We're Gonna Drop The Atom Bomb
03 - Do You Do You Dig Destruction
Additional tracks from the game by Knut Avenstroup Haugen
04 - Day of Wrath
05 - The Wild Lands of Zelata
06 - Night of the Serpent
07 - Lacheish Plains
Combat Revisited
08 - I. Shadows of Acheron
09 - II. Rise of a Champion
10 - III. Herald of Crom
11 - IV. Death's Embrace
Total Time:
32'36"

The Age of Conan soundtrack is awesome. I love it. However, when you start shoving multiple prints out the door, it gets a little confusing. This particular version came with a second disc: bonus tracks, if you will. Arranged tracks, remixes, and stuff not released the first time around.

Let's start with these tracks from the band "Turbonegro." It's a pseudo-Brit (Norwegian, technically) dark glam-rock band. Let me quote the chorus of their first song: "Destroy all monsters, exterminate the light! Destroy all monsters, inseminate the night!" -- Wait, did he just rhyme "exterminate" with "inseminate"? Wait... did he even use the word "inseminate" in a song? Now I just feel uncomfortable. Please, whatever you do, please do not inseminate the night. That calls up all sorts of weird mental imagery, and when it's mixed with this cheesy rock, well... I just can't handle it. Here's another one: "Brass knuckles and a 2 by 4... do you dig destruction?" I just don't get how this has anything to do with Age of Conan. Not the lyrical content, I guess I get the rockstar nihilism thing. Just... the rock music itself.

I guess since the game was developed in Norway, Norwegian rock bands get a moment in the spotlight. And Turbonegro was fairly popular for some time.

But let's get to the good stuff from Knut Avenstroup Haugen.

Basically, it's more epic orchestral music. I love the first disc, and this second disc, while having fewer tracks, still packs a punch (once you get past Turbonegro). "Shadows of Acheron" is especially powerful. The whiny, chromatic-scale-ascending string parts mixing with the choir of folks singing diminished chords is always effective. Always, always. But that's just the intro portion of this four minute track. It'll knock you off your chair if you turn it up loud enough.

I've covered the original OST disc in a separate review, and I think the world of it. If you can get the two disc version, well: bonus!

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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