Kull the Conqueror
Joel Goldsmith

Review

I'm not overly found of making soundtracks "hip" by adding "rock" music to the mix. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. It work wonderfully in The Princess Bride because it was mainly soft, twanging guitar. It worked pretty well in Dune and Ladyhawke I worked less well in Romeo + Juliet and seemed more of a rock album with no lyrics. The biggest shame was some of the pure orchestral music (live the love theme) was so good.

The same is the case with Kull the Conqueror. Happily the guitar riffs have been limited to the fight scenes and have been duly noted. The rest is pretty good fare to use in fantasy campaigns. The obligatory chorus in Askalante on Ice and Saving Zereta lend a religious undertone to the score. The rest is grand stuff for the adventures of legends. Well worth looking at.

Track Listing and Notes

  1. Kull the Conqueror (2:03) - fanfare ~ grandeur
  2. Kull's Initiation (2:08) - soft ~ fight (guitar)
  3. Card Reading (2:48) - romantic (tinged with sadness)
  4. Rebirth of Aki (6:02) - danger ~ undercurrents ~ confrontation ~ building into climax ~ something brewing ~ bitter sweet
  5. Ship Brawl (3:46) - sneaking ~ fight (guitar)
  6. The Voyage Begins (0:48) - quirky
  7. The Arrival (7:56) - quiet ~ arrival ~ discovery ~ chase ~ danger ~ fight
  8. Aki's Control (2:29) - undercurrent ~ revelation
  9. Deep Freeze (2:24) - fight (guitar)
  10. Askalante on Ice (3:09) - undertones (religious)
  11. Meeting Zereta (2:28) - market place
  12. The King's Death (1:32) - brewing ~ conclusion
  13. Saving Zereta (4:38) - undertones (religious) ~ fight (guitar)
  14. Ride to Tetheli (1:25) - grandeur
  15. The Hunt for Kull (1:54) - brooding ~ magic
  16. Kull's Escape (1:37) - fight (guitar)
  17. Kull's Return (3:46) - pride ~ confrontation
  18. King Kull (1:32) - grandeur

Total Running Time: 52:31


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Motion Picture Artwork and Artwork Title © 1997 Universal City Studios Productions Inc. Kull the Conqueror © 1997 Varèse Sarabande Records Inc.