Title - 'Maze Runner - The Scorch Trials'
Artist - John Paesano
The sequel to the hit 2014 movie The Maze Runner, 'Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials' is the next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles.
Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all. Starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall, Love Actually), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones, Furious 7) and Dylan O'Brien (The Internship).
The wonderful, talented John Paesano is more than just a composer - he is also a producer, conductor, and arranger for film, television, video games, and records. After his initial studies at Conservatoire de Paris, John traveled to Boston, where he continued his studies at Berklee College of Music focusing on scoring for film & television.
John has worked with some of the industry's most prestigious composers including Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, and Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions and, as I'm sure you'll already know, Paesano composed the score for the first Maze Runner movie.
In truth, I had already read the book series and so, in my head, had a soundtrack, if you will, always playing within me. Thankfully, much like the very first film, Paesano fills the musical void that was always in my head from reading the books excellently. Through his music I can recall scenes that I read and easily relate the music with that particular moment in the story.
I think he has made some great choices here and this score is fun to listen to. In the liner notes from the CD booklet, Paesano mentions that he aimed for having the score "mature" through the course of the film as the character Thomas does. New discoveries, enemies, hidden abilities, and shocking twist are clearly present here in this score and I think the composer has successfully achieved that goal. Indeed, the very last track of the 21 is entitled 'What's Next,' which relates to both this incredible movie series and the composer and his future ('Maze Runner' included) works therein.