01 - Record at the Bottom of the Lake
02 - Crisis in Lodoss
03 - Soaring
04 - Where the Horizon Ends
05 - Run Out
06 - Battle of Fire
07 - Pavane of Memories
08 - Mercenary King
09 - Cave of Darkness
10 - Promise
11 - Chaos "The Magic Castle" ~ Demonic Monk Wagnard ~ Resurrection of the Evil God
12 - ~ Reminiscence ~ Light of the Elements
This soundtrack is for the sequel to the generally unknown PC Engine RPG "Record of Lodoss War." This soundtrack is more prevalent in used CD stores, and more English-speaking VGM fans know about this album as well. However, while much of the same composition and arrangement team is the same as the previous game's score, the style is much more intentionally electronic, like an early "Genesis" prog-rock album.
Seriously, just take a listen to any of the audio samples. They all tell the same story. Funky synth groove, maybe some catchy piano or bass riff, guitar solos, eccentric instruments or voice (again, synthesized)...that's the build for the majority of these songs. The only exceptions are the slower pieces, like "Promise." Here, I am reminded of Iwadare's work in the "Lunar" series (though obviously, this came first). A straightforward beat holds things together nicely, and the melody is passed around to all the treble instruments (piano, winds, strings). Good stuff all around.
The last two tracks are actually one long medley piece, and while there are stronger orchestral elements here, the looped beats keep the disco-funk alive. Track 11 has all the scary/evil music, and the final track brings out the brightness after victory. I really enjoyed both of these tracks.
Overall, while I do enjoy the first ROLW arranged album more, this second album still stands strong. If you like the Lodoss franchise, this is a good soundtrack to pick up. Also, if you think synthesized old-school prog. rock is awesome, that's another reason to check this one out.
Reviewed by: Patrick Gann