Title - 'Gods Of Egypt'
Artist - Marco Beltrami
For those not in the know, 'Gods of Egypt' is a big budget $140 million action adventure film starring Gerard Butler in his fan preferred '300' type warrior character. Set, the merciless god of darkness, has taken over the throne of Egypt and plunged the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. Few dare to rebel against him. A young thief, whose love was taken captive by the god, seeks to dethrone and defeat Set with the aid of the powerful god Horus.
Marco Beltrami is one of the most prolific composers in Hollywood today, averaging 4-5 major motion picture soundtracks a year. Most notable of late, 'The Fantastic Four', 'World War Z' and 'The Homesman'. Indeed, it's Beltrami's reputation as a musical genre innovator with non-traditional horror and action scores that, once again comes to the fore here on the uber high octane, and deeply impressive 'Gods Of Egypt' soundtrack.
Containing an impressive, if not slightly overlong 26 tracks, 'Gods Of Egypt' is a musical journey that features 75 minutes of his action packed, epic score. Tracklisting:
1. Gods Of Egypt Prologue (2:41)
2. Bek And Zaya (:44)
3. Market Chase (:30)
4. Coronation (2:26)
5. All Quiet On Set (:41)
6. Set vs. Horus (3:40)
7. Hathor’s Bedroom (3:42)
8. Bek Steals The Eye (4:08)
9. Shot Through The Heart (3:01)
10. Underdog (1:25)
11. Red Army (1:40)
12. Wings And A Prayer (3:01)
13. Osiris’ Garden (1:29)
14. Snakes on a Plain (3:12)
15. Toth’s Library (3:27)
16. Straight Out of Egypt (2:28)
17. Channeling Zaya (2:29)
18. Return of the Mistress of the West (2:28)
19. Chaos (3:42)
20. Set Confronts Ra (3:29)
21. Elevator Music (3:06)
22. Obelisk Fight Part 1 (4:12)
23. Obelisk Fight Part 2 (3:32)
24. God Of The Impossible (5:39)
25. Bek And Zaya’s Theme (4:37)
26. Hathor’s Theme (3:35)
In closing, the score is rich with familiar Egyptian motifs and is stylized in such a way that one cannot help but to visualize the mighty Egyptians from the ancient world. "Coronation" expresses this perfectly with it's large sound, brass, and percussion. The next track, "All Quiet on Set", introduces the story's antagonist and successfully supports the god of darkness like a low villainous growl. It's interesting to note that Beltrami has a few interesting play on words with some of his cue titles like both "All Quiet on Set" and "Snakes on a Plain".
Of course, there is action music galore throughout the score, but it's important to note that Beltrami successfully maintains the mythical sound of Egypt throughout. Indeed, he expertly incorporates these themes/styles within all the cues making them more enjoyable to listen to and certainly appreciate on their own.