Musical Score By: John Frizzell
Distributed by: La-La Land Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Legion is an apocalyptic thriller starring Paul Bettany as Archangel Michael, a fallen angel who is the only being standing between humanity and the wrath of God. Having lost faith in humanity, God has sent his angels to execute his Last Judgment and execute those who are unworthy on Earth. In an effort to prevent the death of one woman (Adrianne Palicki) whose unborn child may be the key to the survival of mankind, Michael must lead a group of strangers eating at this waitressí restaurant in an all-out effort to keep this woman and her child alive.
The musical score of Legion was composed by John Frizzell, a man who started his music career at the age of twelve, singing in the chorus of the Paris Opera Company and the Metropolitan Opera Company. After years of study, and some collaboration work (The Rich Manís Wife and Danteís Peak), Frizzell came into his own as a composer when he created the soundtrack of his first feature film, Beavis and Butt-head Do America. Since then, Frizzell has composed music for a number of films, including Alien: Resurrection, Gods and Generals, Henry Poole Is Here, Office Space and more.
How interesting that I should have watched and written a review for an older apocalyptic film in which God sends his messenger to a pregnant woman in hopes that she will make the sacrifice that will save mankind from Judgment Day only weeks before receiving the Legion Soundtrack. The music in The Seventh Sign was dramatic, but could not even compare to the musical score in Legion.
Just close your eyes for a moment and imagine what the wrath of God might sound like. Think about the drama, the anguish and despair, as the people of the world realize that humanity is doomed thanks to its own indiscretions. Think of the anger and the zealousness that would encompass the agents of the Lord as they committed to performing his bidding. And think of the compassion of one Archangel willing to sacrifice everything for the less than worthy members of mankind. What would a soundtrack for such a dramatic and telling event sound like?
These are the exact thoughts that must have run through the composerís mind as he worked on creating this soundtrack. First, there are the dark musical tones, set via low pitched orchestral sounds. This creates the dark undercurrent that is often cut by blasts of percussion and synthetic sounds, achieved by recording various instruments in two second audio files and stretching them to lengths of thirty seconds or more. This use of synthetic sounds gives off the impression of a choir of angels crying out in the midst of numerous tracks. It produces a sound that is both eerie and exhilarating.
I listened to this musical score twice - once in the daylight and again at night, surrounded by darkness. The soundtrack is incredibly dark and dramatic in the daytime, but, surrounded by darkness, those synthesized elements can definitely give you the creeps. Donít get me wrong, there is some definite beauty to this music, despite the darkness of the tone. I particularly enjoyed You Are the True Protector and the alternate version of this composition that make up the last two tracks on the album. They are a little lighter in tone and display some of the beauty of composition Frizzell is capable of creating.
My only worry is that at 25 tracks and over 51 minutes in length, the Legion Soundtrack may be a bit daunting as a stand alone album. But as a soundtrack built to enhance the visuals of a film, John Frizzell has created the ultimate soundtrack of the Apocalypse!