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The Darksiders II musical score is in good hands

Posted by: Nathaniel at 3/2/2012 4:20 PM
Update (3.5.12): According to Jesper Kyd's own PR representative, he alone has composed the score for Darksiders II.  Giles Lamb only scored the Death Lives and Death Eternal trailers - called the "campaign creative score" in THQ's original press release.  The term "campaign creative score" wrongly implies Giles Lamb scored part of the game as well, when that isn't the case.       

THQ has managed to snag a couple of top shelf composers to create the music for their upcoming third person action-adventure title Darksiders II.  

Jesper Kyd, BAFTA award winner and the mind behind the musical scores in the Assassin's Creed and Hitman franchises, has composed the original score for Darksiders II.

The second half of this musical dream team is probably less well known to gamers.  Giles Lamb was responsible for Darksiders II's creative score.  You may not have heard of him, but you surely have heard his work, even if you didn't know it.  He has composed music for hundreds of television shows, movies, commercials, and games.  Furthermore, he composed the musical score for the Dead Island trailer everyone went gaga over last year.

To learn more, follow the jump.  If you're curious to hear Giles Lamb's work, he composed the music for the following trailers.


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THQ ANNOUNCES DARKSIDERS® II ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE BY COMPOSER JESPER KYD & CAMPAIGN CREATIVE SCORE BY GILES LAMB


AGOURA HILLS, Calif. Mar. 2 , 2012 - BAFTA award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd, renowned for his iconic musical scores in the Assassin's Creed and Hitman series, has crafted a thrilling original score for Darksiders® II, the sequel to the critically acclaimed action/adventure title developed by THQ's in-house studio Vigil GamesTM. Kyd's emotionally dynamic score for Darksiders II combines dark ethereal themes and melodic fantasy that enrich the player's cinematic journey through each of the game's unique realms.

Jesper Kyd commented, "Darksiders II is an awesome game and one of the most fun and creatively satisfying projects I have scored. I had a blast working with the team at Vigil."

"It's been an absolute pleasure working with Jesper," said Jeremy Robins, Audio Director at Vigil Games. "He's an extremely talented composer and an avid gamer, who not only created an amazing soundtrack for Darksiders II, but intuitively knew how to cater each composition to achieve maximum musical impact for players."

As well as the game soundtrack by Jesper Kyd, the Darksiders II campaign creative score has been composed by renowned composer Giles Lamb. Giles Lamb has composed TV and Film Music for 100's of TV, films, commercials and games over the years, recently enjoying international repute for the sensational game trailer for 'Dead Island' which won a Golden Lion at Cannes 2011.

Jim Huntley, VP of Global Brand Marketing said, "The emotion that Giles brings to the marketing creative with his unique score is unparalleled. He immediately sets an unforgettable tone & theme for how we're portraying Darksiders II's protagonist, Death."

Giles Lambs' score can be heard in:
"Death Lives" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJaYq3vnEjw
"Death Eternal" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CExRGMDAvTY&feature=relmfu

Darksiders II follows the exploits of DEATH, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse, in a weaving tale that runs parallel to the events in the original Darksiders game. This epic journey propels DEATH through various light and dark realms as he tries to redeem his brother WAR, the horseman who was blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse in Darksiders.

Darksiders II is scheduled to be available for console and PC on 26th June 2012.

For more information on DARKSIDERS II visit www.darksiders.com.
For more information on Jesper Kyd visit www.jesperkyd.com.
For more information on Giles Lamb visit www.gileslamb.com

About Darksiders II
Awakened by the End of Days, Death, the most feared of the legendary Four Horsemen embarks on a quest to redeem his brother's name. Become the terrifying force which everything fears but nothing can escape.

The original Darksiders®, released in January 2010, received critical acclaim including the Best Fantasy Game 2010 award from IGN. Darksiders followed the story of WAR, wrongly accused of starting the apocalypse, on a quest to reclaim lost honor and take revenge on those who wronged him.

About THQ
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