Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)
It’s a hard choice between Warcraft: The Beginning and Ramin Djawadi’s equally epic, atmospheric score for Dracula Untold, but this one just beats it with a more boundless energy and mix of tones. This was Djawadi’s attempt to mirror the bombastic, epic scores of Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and he does a great job.
From the sweeping majesty of ‘Honour’ set against the frenzied pace of ‘Forest Ambush’, to the bold, guttural feel of ‘The Horde’ and the epic battle portrayed in ‘Victory and Defeat’, Djawadi’s score transports the listener deep into the dark and dangerous world of Warcraft. There’s no denying that Ramin Djawadi’s work on Game Of Thrones probably helped get him the gig, but he delivered on that superbly.
Best track: ‘The Horde’, an evocative piece that perfectly captures this world.