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  • "Silent Hill: Downpour" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars

    Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:28:14

    "Silent Hill: Downpour" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    Daniel Licht's soundtrack for Silent Hill: Downpour is haunting in the best way possible.

    Like a Bernard Herrmann film score, it captures the impending dread, inherent darkness, and infectious psychosis at the heart of the game. "Clowning Around With Monsters" is a propos moniker for the swells encapsulated in the music's movements, while "The Downpour" closes everything out on a fittingly dreadful note. Each track on the album, and in the game, deepens with successive listens, and Licht builds a symphony of darkness utilizing a myriad of unique and often unconventional sounds.

    The soundtrack also includes "Silent Hill" by legendary Korn frontman Jonathan Davis . "Silent Hill' sees Davis at his darkest and most devilish. He sounds elegantly unhinged singing over ominous synths and groans. With a hint of guitar bounce, the verse bobs and weaves with a distinctive groove while he asks, "Have you ever looked at the violence inside?"

    It's an introspective, invasive, and infectious gothic anthem that culminates on Davis whispering, "Close my eyes, I go to sleep, it's always there I start to weep" as a child speaks intermittently cutting through the catharsis. This could've come right out of a David Lynch flick, and after revolutionizing rock again with The Path of Totality, Davis still keeps evolving. It's refreshing and as riveting as always.

    Rick Florino
    03.22.12


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