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Fullmetal Alchemist
The Sacred Star of Milos
Original Soundtrack


Composer: Taro Iwashiro
Label: Milan Records / Aniplex Inc.
Release Date: 13 May 2022

Milan Records releases music from the hugely popular anime franchise Fullmetal Alchemist for the first time ever outside of Japan. Available everywhere now are 11 original soundtracks, including music from both the original Fullmetal Alchemist television series and the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood series, as well as soundtracks from the franchise’s two feature-length films, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos...

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos was originally released in 2011. Taro Iwashiro's score has a more modern, epic orchestral sound than previous soundtracks in the franchise. It certainly feels more like a blockbuster movie score than an anime production - that's not to take anything away from the anime music, which is amazing, but they are very different beasts.

The album, which contains 18 tracks and has a running time of 1 hr, 01 min, 30 sec, is home to quite a lot of intricate themes. Some of the mystery and suspense of the film's plot can be heard in tracks like the opening of 'Koko No Renkinjutsushi' and 'Kuro Koumori Sentai'. It also houses a number of more intimate, Japanese style tracks and others that sound celtic in origin.

It's a lovingly crafted album which stands beautifully on its own two feet. Even if you haven't seen the film I'd recommend checking this sumptuous orchestral album out.


Darren Rea

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