Music Composed By: Frank Riggio

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the action film, Raze, Zoe Bell is Sabrina, a young woman who is abducted and finds herself in an underground lair with 49 other kidnapped women.  Forced to fight for the entertainment of rich people by a diabolical husband and wife team (Sherilyn Fenn and Doug Jones), the women realize they have no choice in the matter.  Losing or refusing to fight will mean the death of their loved ones at the hands of a sniper.

                The musical score of Raze was created by Frank Riggio, a musician, producer and composer.  Influenced by all kinds of music and a self-taught musician, Riggio began producing music at the age of sixteen.  He has produced a number of albums (the Pscyhexcess trilogy, amongst others) and has produced official remixes for artists such as Amon Tobin and HecqRaze represents Frank Riggioís first musical score created for a full feature film.

                The musical score of Raze features a mix of orchestral and electronic sound.  There is a great deal of music manipulation, reverb and ambient sound mixed in with electric percussion, guitars, strings and pianos.  Each track created for a fight scene has an action feel, but no two fight scene tracks are alike.  Having never seen the film, I can only suppose that this has something to do with the individual fighting styles of the prisoners.  My favorite track, and the most exciting in my opinion is Sabrina vs Gloria.  The only main theme present throughout is that of Sabrina, as well it should be as she is the heroine of the film.

                The best way to describe the sound of Raze is to call it a futuristic western.  Itís kind of like a showdown at the OK Corral, with each fighter sizing the other up with a slow, somewhat sinister electronic vibe, until they suddenly clash in a fight to the death.  That being said, though I found some of the tracks to be exciting, I was bored with the soundtrack halfway through and was actually waiting for it to end.  It seemed to me that the Raze Soundtrack just dragged on and on without any hope for an end.  The tracks that didnít involve fighting were ominous.  So, it was either fight scene or ominous feel with nothing in between.  Iím sure that the score enhanced the fight scenes, but Iím equally sure that I would never recommend this soundtrack for purchase.


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