Hear The Track HereI try real hard when doing these reviews to be as objective and (I hope) professional as possible, while being totally honest about my feelings concerning the music in question. If I don't like something I say it right out loud. And then there is music that - in all honesty - I have no real affinity with. Surprisingly enough, given my critical output, that's quite a long list and - unfortunately - Weylin's Slayer Orchestra seemed to have picked most of them to work in. Still the one thing to understand here is that it's just an opinion, a personal opinion, and can be taken with the requisite pinch of salt. Which I will supply, if need be.
Obviously then, Weylin and I have disagreed in the past, but no not in the fiery sense. Just a question of interpretation I guess. See what I require from music is that it touches me in some way and - as much as I find it enjoyable to listen to something I normally wouldn't - there is a point where it makes musical sense to me, or not. Certainly, Supernova (November 2010) or Flight Of Sideria (October 2010) have nothing to feel shame about and I hope I made that clear at the time. I fear that The Woods of Klorath are going to be the same response too, because it's even closer to a soundtrack (game/film) than either of the previous two tracks.
It's a nice piece of music, don't get me wrong. It's well mixed and produced, and it has great use of string and orchestral sounds - all of which ticks the correct boxes for me so where exactly could this be going wrong. As much as I like it as a piece of music (and believe it or not I do), it still isn't the sort of thing I would go searching for in a quiet moment (Ed: what's that?) and that is the unvarnished truth. On the other hand, I can see this in a game/video/film setting and seeing it work because (obviously) that is where it is aimed and not at someone like me. So, on that score, I'd say this was a winner.
Recommended atmospheric soundtrack.