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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (Music from the SyFy Special Event) Limited Collector's Edition

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome (a prequel to the critically acclaimed hit series, Battlestar Galactica) takes place in the midst of the First Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, a young, talented fighter pilot, William Adama (Luke Pasqualino), finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine escort mission with an enigmatic passenger (Lili Bordan) turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet. Acclaimed composer McCreary returns to the BSG universe with his amazing musical arsenal, launching a breathtaking score that recalls his famed GALACTICA sound while energizing it in exciting new sonic directions. Produced by Bear McCreary and Ford A. Thaxton, and mastered by Patricia Sullivan, this special release is limited to 3000 units. CD Booklet contains exclusive comments from the composer.

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  • Audio CD
  • Format: Limited Collector's Edition
  • ASIN: B00BWX2IIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,679 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bear McCreary has successfully returned to the BSG universe while making this addition stand apart from the rest of the previous television shows. All the familiar instruments and vocalists from the BSG universe have returned, but the addition of new instruments and new musical styles make this unique from the rest. The quality of the disc is excellent, the jewel case is aesthetically pleasing, and the music is fulfilling; I couldn't ask for more in a product!
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Bear McCreary is an absolutely stunning composer whose body of work is tremendous. I hadn't discovered him until I started FMM and was offered the chance to review one of his releases for Battlestar Galactica. I was blown away to say the least. Since then I've been a huge fan of his work. He is the best thing about The Walking Dead and his scores to video games like SOCOM 4 and Dark Void are epic scores worthy of a blockbuster motion picture. For Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome we journey to the beginning of the series in this special movie event that acts as a prequel to the re-imagined series but takes place after the events of Caprica.

Bear McCreary has delivered an amazing score here. The greatest strengths it has going for it is that this is a very complete experience whereas it's harder to translate an entire season's worth of music into a CD album. Here we have a self-contained journey rich with character themes, melodies and pure emotion that fuels the exotic sounds McCreary originally wrote for the series. He is truly one of the great auteurs working today as his music and style is instantly recognizable. The use of percussion here is phenomenal as it adds a distinct rhythm and pulse to the music. While electronics and modern sounds are used, the score has a traditionally classic side to it. This is something Bear McCreary has successfully done with other scores as well. He is able to make the music feel rooted with a history and a past, but also specific to a time and place nowhere close to our present day. When listening to his Battlestar Galactica scores especially this one, I've always felt as if I'm uncovering some ancient artifact. The great part here is that McCreary does a nice job making it feel as if this is the origin of his music for the rest of the series.
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In the liner notes, composer Bear McCreary refers to this soundtrack as a "rebellious teenage son" compared to his earlier BSG soundtracks. It's apt. We've got some of the same lyrical themes that made BSG great (and a Caprica theme; surprise!), but infused with some wildly distorted yet virtuosic heavy metal guitar and other electronic sounds. The result is a high energy action score that is probably a four-star album until we hit the last track, which is a new vocal metal-infused take on the show's "Apocalypse" theme. Then it's a five-star album.

The miniseries is pretty unimpressive, but don't let that dissuade you from the music. This album is right up there with the best BSG albums, even if Blood and Chrome never goes anywhere. It's a substantial (68 minute) album. It's dynamic. It flows. It rocks. It's also a limited edition, so get it while you can.
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I fell in love with the series and the music put so much soul into the story. I can only hope for more.
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