Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2014 November 17 • Monday

This re-recording—brilliantly executed—of John Carpenter's score for Assault on Precinct 13 is the 345th Soundtrack of the Week.

There's not too much to say about it. A slinky and menacing bass line, a mesmerizing rhythm track and some melodic synth textures. This describes almost every cut on the CD.

Some exceptions are the lonely, bluesy "Precinct 9, Division 13", "Julie" and "Walking Out" (practically the same cue) and the flat-out horror sounds of "Wrong Flavor" and "Sanctuary". I wouldn't be surprised if Jan Hammer was influenced by this.

Also included in this release is Carpenter's music for Dark Star, but more on that later.