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300: Rise of an Empire
(2014)
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:
Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL)

Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Walter Fowler
Kevin Kaska
Yvonne Suzette Moriarty
Carl Rydlund
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WaterTower Music
(March 3rd, 2014)
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Buy it... if you love your contemporary Hans Zimmer action music so much that it doesn't matter who actually writes it, this franchise effort an act of stylistic plagiarism that nobody will care to pursue legally.

Avoid it... if your Encephalization Quotient and brain-to-body mass ratio are sufficiently favorable enough to overcome whatever hormonal nonsense your testicles are advocating to you about the merits of this music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,390
WRITTEN 4/20/14
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300: Rise of an Empire: (Tom Holkenborg) More glorified gore? Yes! More questionable history? Yes! More poor character development? Yes! More desaturation of colors? Yes! More insufferable pacing? Yes! More stolen music? Yes! More false abdominal muscles? Absolutely yes! When director Zack Snyder decided to extend his Frank Miller graphic novel adaptations of the ancient world to the screen after the sensational success of 2007's 300, he was careful not to mess with the winning equation. And why should he? The stylish show of flesh and blood was immensely popular, not just because of all the splattering fluids but also the fortuitous nudity and hilarious bronzing agents used to paint fake abs on all the actors. For the purpose of 300: Rise of an Empire in 2014, almost everything stays the same outside of some main actors who refused to return, perhaps out of shame. The details of the plotline are irrelevant; the battles between the Persians, Greeks, and Spartans roll along in such a way as to horrify historians once again. Anyone familiar with these cultures will recognize that most of the storyline of 300: Rise of an Empire is utter crap (ignore for a moment that the main villainess, Artemisia, was much wiser than depicted and thus survived the war), history placing the principle characters of this tale in different places at the time and place of its supposed setting. With a weaker hero in this sequel, 300: Rise of an Empire wasn't the stunning success of its predecessor, but that didn't stop the production from at least attempting to emulate what little positive buzz remains from the previous film's score by Tyler Bates. That music for 300 by Bates, of course, is the most famous studio-acknowledged incident of plagiarism in modern film music history, Bates lifting portions very clearly from Elliot Goldenthal's Titus without altering it enough to avoid censure. For 300: Rise of an Empire, Bates is understandably gone, but the plagiarism astonishingly remains. Snyder, now serving primarily as writer and producer for this second film, originally had rising Argentinian composer Federico Jusid signed to write the music. Later in the production process, however, Snyder did what any filmmaker with more marketing prowess than artistic sensibility would do: run to Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions for salvation. What replacement did he exit with? Tom Holkenborg, otherwise known as electronica artist Junkie XL.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 67:51
• 1. History of Artemisia (9:34)
• 2. Marathon (3:54)
• 3. From Man to God King (3:50)
• 4. Sparta (1:05)
• 5. Artemisia's Childhood (3:42)
• 6. Suicide (1:18)
• 7. Left For Dead (1:32)
• 8. Fog Battle (4:35)
• 9. A Beach of Bodies (4:17)
• 10. Fire Battle (6:11)
• 11. Xerxes' Thoughts (3:44)
• 12. Queen Gorgo (3:59)
• 13. Greeks on Attack (4:28)
• 14. History of the Greeks (7:04)
• 15. Greeks are Winning (6:04)
• 16. End Credits (2:34)

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