Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines

Composed By: Mark Kilian

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the fourth film of the series, Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines finds the team of U.S. Navy Seals on an unsanctioned mission in Africa.  Charged with finding a secret mining operation and preventing the sale of weapons-grade uranium to international terrorists, Seal Team 8 finds themselves entrenched in one of the most challenging missions the group has ever been sent on.

                The musical score of Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines was created by South African composer Mark Kilian.  Since his move to Los Angeles in 1994, Kilian has become a sought after composer known for his ethnic flavored scores for films such as Tsotsi, Rendition, Bless Me, Ultima, Trust Me, Pitch Perfect, La Mission, Legacy, The Least Among You and more.

                For the score of Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines, Kilian employed a mix of orchestral, electronic and exotic sound.  According to Kilian, "I knew I wanted to explore the world of dubstep for the testosterone element.  I also wanted to keep it feeling African and heartfelt without it sounding cheesy or like an afterthought. The majority of my focus was trying to blend those two worlds so they sounded like part of the same story. I wrote some vocal tunes and had two wonderful vocalists singing them for me, which really added a lot to the authenticity we were looking for."  The vocals and exotic woodwinds spoke to the African locale of the film.  Action sequences contained a heavily electric/electronic presence.  There are moments of softer, sad sounds perhaps reflecting upon lives lost.

                One of my favorite tracks is Stalking which features an orchestral composition with light piano taps speaking toward a sense of stealth.  The music stops briefly, replaced with a loud sort of reverb and, closing our eyes, you can almost picture a person turning around, feeling like they are being followed or observed, looking around, but not seeing who is watching them.

                Mark Kilian is never one to disappoint and his score for Seal Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines perfectly describes the action of the film while also providing the listener with a sense of the location in which the film takes place.  Mark Kilian does it again with a terrific score that is a pleasure to listen to even without the visuals of the film.


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