Composed by
Various artists

 

Published by
Vol 1: Pegasus Spiele GmbH (2000)
Vol 2: Soul Food Music Distribution (2004)

 

Tracklistings
Vol 1
1) Prologue
2) Welcome To Merregnon
3) Village In The Mountains
4) Story Of Humans And Dragons
5) Burning Lascest
6) Farganda's Appearance
7) Go For Rescue
8) Secrecy Of Deep Affection
9) Attack Of The Surgids
10) Black Cult's Gathering
11) Encounter With The Dragon
12) King Arames' Castle
13) Meeting For The Hunt
14) Refreshing Bath
15) Evil Wizard's Words
16) Reflections of Gallahadt
17) Midnight Ritual
18) Final Confrontation
19) Above The Clouds Of Merregnon
20) Epiolgue
21) Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Bonus)

Vol 2
1) Prologue
2) Unintentional Descention
3) Seaching For Help
4) Legend Of Magic
5) Answers Unearthed
6) Forgotten Memories
7) Sedulous Escape
8) Into The Horizon
9) Cheerless Inn
10) Lake Showdown
11) Noise Of Lights
12) Familiar Dread
13) Summit Of Serenity
14) Enraged Phantoms
15) Remembering Orgopta
16) Firelit Counsel
17) Danger's Lair
18) Grand Finale
19) Leaving The Scene
20) Epilogue
21) Mysterious River (Bonus)

 

Extras
Official website

 

Availability
- Vol 1
Synsoniq.com
- Vol 2
Amazon.com
Synsoniq.com

 

Review by
Oliver Ittensohn

Please note: Merregnon Volume 1 & 2 are not game scores but more like book-soundtracks. Every album tells a story that consists of written text in the booklet accompanied by a musical track on CD. Almost every cue is composed by a different composer, all of them game composers and that is the reason why the CDs are being reviewed on GSoundtracks. You can find more info at: www.merregnon.com .

 

The story of Merregnon Vol. 1 takes place in a newly created fantasy world. It is centred on young Gallahdt who has to overcome many dangers in finding his love Selina and ultimately himself. The album opens up with the prologue (voice acted) that gives a lyrical description of the land of Merregnon before the story begins with “Welcome to Merregnon”. Over the course of the album every composer tries to bring something to the story: emotion, passion, hatred, fear. Unfortunately, it seldom truly works and this isn’t primarily the fault of the composers but rather due to the fact that poor synthesizers were being used to perform the music. It is evident in almost every cue and takes away most of the magic of the storyline. Some of the tracks are nevertheless quite enjoyable to listen to, especially when reading the text in the beautifully designed booklet simultaneously. With so many composers contributing to the project it is obvious that not all cues show the same talent and feel for composition but the overall style of the music is well balanced throughout.

There are quite some themes in Merregnon Vol. 1, among them, of course, Galahadt’s and Selina’s theme. They are quoted in some of the other tracks and give the album a thematic consistency that is very welcome. **1/2

 

Merregnon Vol. 2 continues the story of Galahadt and Selina (and the dragon Madostror’Skar). Working as a team, they must overcome the perils in their way to save Merregnon once again. All the composers from Merregnon Vol. 1 are back but one very important fact has changed: This score was recorded with members of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Choir of Prague. And the result is immediately audible. All the new compositions gain more depth and emotion. Of course, the themes from Volume 1 are back as well, varied and put into new contexts. The actual quality of the compositions remains the same being the same composers involved in the project but it’s good to hear the different approaches of each composer in a real orchestral fashion. The use of choir in some of the cues is interesting and adds another layer of depth.

The orchestration does, however, follow familiar and repetitive ways and a bigger use of different instruments and more exotic instrumentation overall would’ve been an important step in making the score more unique and fitting for the fantasy storyline. The size of the orchestra, especially the brass section, does tend to size down the imagination the story suggests in some places though it is, of course, commendable that an orchestra was used at all.

The presentation is again top-notch with a colourful booklet and an interesting storyline that reveals much of the Merregnon-universe’s troubled history. To hear the orchestral music accompanying the storyline has lost nothing of its charm from Volume 1 and is still a unique and engaging experience. ***

 

Merregnon is certainly an ambitious and interesting project. And although Volume 1 and 2 aren’t perfect and there are still things to improve, it is a good achievement; I am looking forward to the next entry in the series.