“Knights Of Badassdom”
Music By Bear McCreary Soundtrack Album Review
Esparks And Shadows/17 Tracks/Disc Time: 74:30
The film “Knights Of Badassdom” is one of those comedies that takes after the hit comedy “Role Models” starring Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott that involved a couple of slackers who eventually get involved in role playing game. This film revolves around a group of costumed “Live Action Role Players,” (featuring Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, and Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage) dressed as knights, elves and other medieval characters take to the woods for “The Battle of Evermore.” But when a make-believe wizard casts a spell from an ancient book purchased on eBay, fantasy becomes reality as a powerful demon manifests itself. Now it’s up to this group of losers and misfits to save the world.
Aiding an abetting the hilarious misadventures of this group is Emmy Award Winning composer Bear McCreary, who is one of the more original and engaging composers outside of the likes of Brian Tyler and Hans Zimmer. After a great and triumphant musical run on the hit remake series of “Battlestar Galactica”, as well as its’ spin off “Caprica” and “Eureka”. The score to “Knights Of Badassdom” is a rocking good time that features Bear in a fun and hip mode and a far cry from his more serious works. Opening with the Celtic sounding “The Kingdom Of Eliphaz” which is immediately spun into a rocking contemporary score mixing bagpipes with electric guitar which really is very cool and original. The rest of the score pretty much takes after this terrific theme which is filled with action and suspense highlighted by “Slightly Badass”, “Paintballers”, “Out Of Game”, “Earn Our Valor”, “The Epic Battle Of Evermore” and “Abominog Battle”, which really features Bear going for broke musically and parts of it are fun and audicious which really reminds me alot of the score to “Kull The Conqueror” by the late Joel Goldsmith that had a similar sound to this in the rock aspects of this score which really give the film an original and fun edge to it mixing in rock rhythms with a traditional orchestral like McCreary does here in full glory. The score also features some nice tender material which McCreary has really excelled at as each score he writes just brings out the best in him. Highlighted by “The Game Master”, “Gwen’s Theme” which features McCreary in a romantic vain (which he should’ve wrote more of here) which quickly switches over to full rock mode. The score also features Bear’s brother, Brendan doing some hiliarously fun 80’s like power rock anthems highlighted by Your Heart Sucks My Soul (featured in a standard and a garage Version), “Joe’s Power Ballad”, and “At The Gates” that truly over the top and enjoyable for what they are to top off a rocking album.
Released on Bear’s own official soundtrack label Esparks And Shadows, that features alot of his excellent music including the hit series “Da Vinci’s Demons” gives this score the full treatment that other labels probably wouldn’t have. The score just simply rocks and is full of high charged energy that is sorely lacking in alot of today’s scores. “Knights of Badassdom” is electric in all the positive ways a score should and deserve to be. It is alot of fun and deserves alot of attention. A very enjoyable thumbs up.