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Soul of the Ultimate Nation
Collector's Edition - Vol. 2


Composer: Howard Shore
Performed by: National Philharmonic of Russia and Academy of Choral Arts
Howe Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 10 July 2012

The epic online fantasy game Soul of the Ultimate Nation (SUN) has been enjoyed by fans around the world, but the soundtrack had only been released in parts of Asia. Now for the first time, as the second in a Collector's Edition series of the Composer's work, Howard Shore's original score for SUN is available to a worldwide audience...

If you enjoyed Howe Records The Lord of the Rings Symphony: Six Movements for Orchestra & Chorus then you're going to love Soul of the Ultimate Nation. Howard Shore delivers more of the same deep and atmospheric set pieces that he produced for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In fact, if anything, Soul of the Ultimate Nation feels like a much more polished and varied offering.

Shore blurs the line between soundtrack and classical music once again here - the use of the Academy of Choral Arts helps to add an added level of professionalism to the recording.

For fans of Shore's earlier work, tracks like 'Graveyard of Aiort' hark back to his scores for films like The Silence of Lambs.

The album, spread over 20 tracks, lasts for 1 hr, 04 min, 25 sec and is a essential purchase for fans of game soundtracks, classical scores... hell, anyone who likes music, basically.


Darren Rea

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