Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

Composed By: Jeff Danna & Akira Yamaoka

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on the Konami Silent Hill video game series, Silent Hill: Revelations 3D is the sequel to the 2006 hit horror movie Silent HillSilent Hill: Revelations stars Adelaide Clemens as Heather Mason, a young woman who, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, discovers that everything she ever believed about herself and her family are lies.  Her father (Sean Bean) has disappeared and Heather is haunted by horrific nightmares that eventually lead her to a demonic alternate universe from which she may never escape.

            The musical score of Silent Hill: Revelation 3D was created through the combined efforts of Jeff Danna and Akira Yamaoka.  Born to a musical family, Canadian composer Jeff Danna had first tried his hand playing guitar professionally until a hand injury curbed his career.  He has been composing music for film since the late 1980s, amassing quite a résumé which includes the musical score of such notable films as The Boondock Saints, O, A Wrinkle in Time, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Silent Hill, Lakeview Terrace and more.  Japanese video game score composer, sound designer, sound director and producer Akira Yamaoka had started out in search of a career as a designer, but changed his career path after taking a class in product design at Tokyo Art College.  He joined Konami in 1993 and worked on a number of projects for the company before leaving in 2009, but Yamaoka is best known for the musical scores he created for the Silent Hill game series and his collaboration with Jeff Danna on the score of the original Silent Hill movie.

            The music of Silent Hill: Revelations is a hybrid of orchestral and electronic sound, featuring demonic screams, ambient noise, chains and more embedded in a musical score of strings, piano, horns and percussion.  The musical score alternates between calm, melancholy music to downright sinister sounding music, sometimes appearing all in the same track and overlapping, creating a kind of duel world for the listener.  If you listen carefully, you will discover some beautiful piano and string pieces in this score - the rest will send chills up your spine...especially when combined with the demonic breaths/screams.

            The final two tracks on this fourteen track album are actually hard rocking songs.  The first of the two, Rain of Brass Petals - Three Voices Edit, is industrial rock featuring storytelling lyrics performed by a synthetically altered voice.  The second song, Silent Scream, is a hard rocking track performed by a female vocalist that sounds a lot like Amy Lee of Evanescence fame.  The lyrics tell a story of painful revelations, but I couldn't help but find myself tearing them apart: can anyone tell me how a silent scream can whisper?  I get the whole idea of a silent scream - you open your mouth to scream and nothing comes out - but how can something silent whisper?  But I digress...

            The fact of the matter is that, despite me trying to decipher the hidden meaning behind the lyrics of the songs on the album, the Silent Hill: Revelations 3D Soundtrack, is actually quite cool for fans of the horror genre.  Fans of the video game's music will also find the movie's soundtrack on par with what they would expect in the games.  Overall, this soundtrack is a great stand alone piece and represents a perfect addition to enhance the already disturbing visuals of the movie.  Definitely worth taking a listen to!


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