Yuka Kitamura
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Soundtrack)


4.5
superb

Review

by CaliggyJack USER (86 Reviews)
March 25th, 2019 | 308 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 意志の火、戦国の本質。

Hidetaka Miyazaki's long awaited Shinobi simulator "Sekiro" has finally been released. With its arrival journalists and gamers everywhere are pouring into the game, searching for secrets and discussing every aspect of the game; except for one thing, the soundtrack. With Yuka Kitamura now being given the keys to the kingdom, she sets out to create a soundtrack to capture the essence of a tumultuous time in Japanese history, the Sengoku Period.

Indeed, while Sekiro contains many elements of spirituality and fantasy, it is a rather subtle expression of the Sengoku Era and its soundtrack is no different. Gone are the violins and choirs of Kitamura's previous work, she has replaced them with traditional Japanese instruments from the biwa to the kokyū and Shamisen. These instruments are no mere gimmicks however; they are used at slow and soft places in order to present the dark and somber atmosphere of the game itself. At various points the soundtrack will speed up for certain moments such as Genichiro Ashina featuring heavy percussion as a Shakuhachi can be heard in the distant background. One of the best tracks comes in Sculptor of the Dilapidated Temple, in it a Hyōshigi claps at various points as we hear a Shamisen play at a slow pace. Despite Sekiro being an extremely fast paced game, much of the soundtrack itself is slow, soft, and methodical. Yet these elements do not clash in the slightest, and on their own, they create a beautiful and harrowing atmosphere.

Unlike the Dark Souls soundtracks, Sekiro's soundtrack is not limited to bosses and special moments. There are tunes for every aspect of the game, from silent walks among the areas, to fierce battles with generals and creatures. These tracks all generally use most of the same instruments, but each track has its own style and identity. For example Strength and Discipline is extremely fast paced with pulsating shime-daiko and traditional chanting. This is offset by tracks such as Great Serpent which are slow with the buildup as a continuous string section plays with no pause.

With Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Yuka Kitamura has crafted a masterpiece both in video game music and in Japanese artistry. Despite clocking in at over two hours, not a second of this soundtrack feels boring or like filler. As players begin to comb over every part of FromSoftware's new hit game, they will find themselves enraptured in it's world. But it is because of Kitamura that we are able to immerse ourselves in such a wondrous world, for without her work, the atmosphere of this game would ring incredibly hollow. It takes a true talent to capture the essence of a time period and translate it into music, but Kitamura has achieved such and with incredible results. Of course this game is not without it's own hint of irony. If shadows die twice, then music lives forever.



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CaliggyJack
March 24th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Short review for tonight, hope yall are enjoying the game!

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2019


13613 Comments


"Unlike the Dark Souls soundtracks, Sekiro's soundtrack is not limited to bosses and special moments. There are tunes for every aspect of the game, from silent walks among the areas, to fierce battles with generals and creatures."
Am even more impatient to play this now.
Nice review, will likely download this at some point

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CaliggyJack
March 24th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMgUTJo0wPM

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2019


15488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

GOTFY



God bless you for reviewing this Cali.

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CaliggyJack
March 24th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man! Appreciated

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2019


2976 Comments


ooooooooo!!!! super stoked this got a review. kitamura blew it out of the fucking water with this soundtrack, and its super cool there are interview videos online documenting how she went about this one. pos dude, this thing rips

CaliggyJack
March 24th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep yep yep. That interview with her was cool, she seems like a chill person.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2019


2976 Comments


what are your thoughts on the game so far?

CaliggyJack
March 24th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic game. Lots of great content, brilliant soundtrack, amazing visuals. I like the fact that there is no grind necessary for this game. Not the biggest fan of the story though, kinda feels like it wasn't thought out as far like the Demon's/Dark Souls games.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2019


56529 Comments


Hard pos

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JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2019


13613 Comments


Nice feature

CaliggyJack
March 24th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

WOOT

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2019


15488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck yeah



Edit: Oh damn, finally got my avy, thanks overlords!

J() Alexander
March 25th 2019


6270 Comments


So is this soundtrack better than the soundtracks of the Souls games?

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2019


13613 Comments


The Souls games all had functional but inconsistent OSTs (aside from Bloodborne, which was straight aces), so I can see this raising the game with a less European vibe, especially since it's not just bosses

hal1ax
March 25th 2019


13500 Comments


now that is a big av

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2019


15488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Gotta compensate for my lack of personality hal

CaliggyJack
March 25th 2019


2798 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's better than DS1's soundtrack, and just a little better than DS2's soundtrack. It's still no match for DS3 though. Definitely Yuka's best work.

J() Alexander
March 25th 2019


6270 Comments


Oh... Alright. Thanks.

Ikarus14
March 25th 2019


1311 Comments


I've never been huge into the Dark Souls games but I have been thinking of picking this game up anyway.



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