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Dead Space 3 (Original Videogame Score)


Composers: Jason Graves and James Hannigan
E.A.R.S. (EA Recordings)
RRP: £13.99
Available 12 February 2013

As the story and the universe of Dead Space have evolved, so has the music. Dead Space 3 delivers the gamut of emotions from those familiar chilling creepy sounds introduced in Dead Space 1, to elated moments, tear jerking moments and memorable epic themes. On his journey through the game, Isaac is accompanied by a team of other characters including Ellie Langford, John Carver, Austin Buckell, Jennifer Santos and Robert Norton. The relationships between these characters are underscored by a web of melodies that will echo around your head long after you have put your controller down...

Dead Space composer Jason Graves is joined by James Hannigan on the third episode in the series. Graves and Hannigan last collaborated on Command and Conquer: Tiberian Twilight in 2010 and have joined forces again to bring their unique talents to bear on this wide ranging score.

This is an impressive album, with tons of interesting themes. Highlights, for me, include:

'200 Years Ago On An Icy Planet' houses this scores most notable theme - which is echoed throughout the album; 'The Quick And The Dead' pays homage to John Williams's music (in particular his output in the '70s/'80s, with nods to Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies); 'The Ascent'; 'Rosetta Suite'; 'Convergence' (which gives a nod to Samuel Barber's 'Adagio For Strings, Opus 11'); and 'Moon Crash' (which briefly give a passing acknowledgement to 'Mars' from Gustav Holst's The Planets suite.

To be fair, though, over the course of this album's 1 hr, 23 min, 27 sec (21 tracks) there isn't a dull moment.


Darren Rea

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