The Darkest Hour

Musical Score By: Tyler Bates

Music by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the movie, The Darkest Hour, two young Americans come to Moscow peddling social network software.  Discovering that theyíve been sold out by the very firm they were pitching the software to, the two decide to enjoy their time in Moscow, only to find themselves trapped in the midst of an alien invasion.  These arenít your average alien invaders either - these guys can make themselves invisible, attacking without warning, but our American friends and their Russian allies are resourceful.  Can they survive this alien attack and perhaps get some payback to boot?

            The soundtrack of The Darkest Hour features two original songs and a musical score by American composer Tyler Bates.  Known for his unique musical perspective, Tyler Bates began his career as a composer in the 1990s, creating music for low-budget independent films.  As his independent film work began to receive some notice, Bates founded a band with singer/songwriter Lisa Papineau called Pet, which eventually became one of Los Angelesí most popular bands.  He eventually decided to focus on film scoring and worked on such well-known films as 300, Watchmen, The Devilís Rejects, Doomsday, Sucker Punch, Dawn of the Dead and more.

            The Darkest Hour Soundtrack begins with the songs I Like That by Richard Vission and Static Revenger, featuring Luciana, and Москва (Moscow) by Marselle.  These two songs are energetic dance tracks that evoke visions of the club scene probably visited by the two American heroes of the film before the invasion.  The following tracks are all musical scoring created by Tyler Bates.  As the score begins, we are treated to adrenaline pumping rock mixed with electronic noise, signifying the action and heart-pumping fear of the characters as they attempt to escape death at the hands of a monster they canít see.

            I found the beginning tracks of the musical score were quite unique and enjoyable, filled with action and adrenaline, keeping your heart pumping and your foot tapping.  Unfortunately, towards the end of the album, the music starts to fizzle out and things become somewhat quieter with electronic noise here and there, but very little in your face music. 

            The final tracks of The Darkest Hour Soundtrack are somewhat of a let down when you compare them to how the soundtrack starts off.  And yet, I would still recommend this soundtrack as both a good accompaniment to the film and as a decent stand alone album.  Tyler Bates does good work and this soundtrack goes a long way in proving that his unique approach to horror and science fiction works.


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