Primal Original Soundtrack Score Recording

Album Title:
Primal Original Soundtrack Score Recording
Record Label:
Silva Screen
Catalog No.:
FILMCD-366 (UK Edition); SIL-CD 1152 (US Edition)
Release Date:
May 12, 2003; June 10, 2003
Download at Bandcamp


The music directors of Sony’s gothic action-adventure Primal went with a predictable approach: licensed industrial rock for the combat scenes, an orchestral score for the non-action sequences. But Paul Arnold and Andrew Barnabas’ score is anything but a run of the mill Gothic game soundtrack.


Right from the start, Primal announcing its operatic intentions straight from the start with “Opening Credits”’ soprano vocalise. In the composers’ capable hands, the Primal soundtrack’s best compositions like “Jen Meets Ariella” and “The Turbulent Depths” attain real symphonic stature and weight.

The heavy atmosphere is balanced by a resilient, darkly glowing romanticism that tugs at the heart strings in the most tasteful and effective of ways. A battle track like “Raum & Empusa” turns out to be an awe-inspiring behemoth and “A Kingdom Restored” is enchanting, ethereal and soaring all at once.

One of the best-produced game soundtracks ever written, the entire soundtrack is performed by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Nic Rain. Their performances emphasise composers’ knack for ear-catching orchestrational details – the solo violin parts in the album’s last third are stunning.


All this makes Primal one of the best Gothic Western game scores ever written. The music comes highly recommended for those with a taste for lavish, dark, and operatic music. While the physical version is only available second-hand, the album can also be downloaded for a fair price digitally. 

Primal Original Soundtrack Score Recording Simon Elchlepp

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Posted on May 29, 2014 by Simon Elchlepp. Last modified on May 29, 2014.

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A former German film student now living in Melbourne, Australia and working at the University of Melbourne's Architecture faculty - and a passionate music lover with an eclectic taste. Specialising in Western game music, I'm here to dig out the best scores Western video games have produced in the last thirty years.

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