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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Basil Poledouris' monumental score for the film "Conan The Barbarian" is one of the most EPIC recordings you'll ever hear. Conjuring images of bloody battle, mystic sorcery, and musclebound warriors riding into battle astride mighty steeds, it's definitely the most METAL non-Metal album in my collection, the sort of thing I play frequently on the ol' iPod to pump my nads before any defining moment or tough situation I have to face. Songs like "Anvil of Crom", "Riddle of Steel/Riders of Doom", "Wheel of Pain", "Tree of Woe", and "Death of Rexnor" certainly live up to their lofty titles, and were a defining part of the film itself.
Sadly, Basil died in 2006 at the age of 61, but left behind a great body of work, crowned by the "Conan" soundtrack but also including such classics as "Robocops" 1 and 3, "Red Dawn", "Conan The Destroyer", and, um, "Free Willy".
If you're a fan of film soundtracks, barbarians, sword and sorcery, Metal and/or classical music, I highly suggest you check this shit out.
Below: Conan grinds forth The Wheel of Pain. Luckily, he snuck in an iPod and is getting super pumped on some sweet Poledouris jams.
For a complete list of films and TV shows Poledouris scored, click