Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross & Bobby Krlic - Almost Holy OST

by paul_guyet Rating:9 Release Date:2016-08-26

Steve Hoover's grim documentary about Ukraine pastor Gennadiy "Pastor Crocodil" Mokhnenko and his outreach center, Pilgrim, is bleak, sooty, and tragic, with fleeting moments of beauty and hope, and the accompanying score does a fantastic job of enhancing every dark moment by matching it, note for note. The sound is a bit like what one might expect from a collaboration between Atticus Ross (How To Destroy Angels, Nine Inch Nails, and the scores for The Book of Eli, David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl), Leopold Ross (IO Echo, Error, The Book of Eli score), and Bobby Krlic (The Haxan Cloak,Triple 9 score). About half the score is attributed to the Brothers Ross while the rest is accredited to Krlic. The Ross’ work tends to sound more layered and melodic, while Krlic’s is often more pulses and drones; less dynamic, more cinematic.

There is not one track on this album that isn't so textured as to abrade the listeners' skin. You'll take this music with you, even without experiencing the film for which it was composed. The opener, "One Block Further" does its job, readying the listener/viewer for what's to come; it is cold, metallic, and dark, split throughout with staticky slashes of noise, "Intervention" has an incessant pulse and clatter that really gets into one's brain. As things develop, it gets darker and deeper, becoming almost overpowering, "Graves", which features unused dialogue from the film, is an eerie, sorrowful, sobering piece, which resolves itself beautifully, and "Wild Moose" which stands out from the rest with its harsh and uneasy strings implying a strong sense of broken, hollow grandeur. 

The work of all three composers comes together to form a cohesive and chilling sonic backdrop for the film. For fans of Atticus Ross' previous work with Trent Reznor, this will seem familiar, and perhaps serve to sate some listeners until the new Nine Inch Nails album arrives this November. For more information on the film, head to the official website.

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