torsdag 10. september 2015

REVIEW: Airwolf Extended Themes

Initially it was gonna be released in 2012, but both Mark and Jan decided to postpone what would be the best work someone who has ever tackled the popular soundtrack from the 80's action series Airwolf. A high tech military helicopter that undertook various missions involving Espionage, with a Cold War theme. A really good idea, specially since all those tweaking, turning and polishing made sense in the end. "Why rush something that could be so much better if you just gave it some more time?" The sound is so nearly damn perfect that you could mistake it for being the real thing.

Well, Airwolf Extended Themes are the follow up to Mark's Airwolf Themes released in 1999 and Jan's Main Themes EP released in 2009. After years of developing and trying to re-create that 80's synth the original composer Sly did back then is nearly impossible if you ask me. The British and Bulgarian/Polish based lads have fully embraced the synth inspired sound that was first teased with the release of Airwolf Themes in 1999, even that was all Mark. These guys have come along way since their previous releases and they have outdone themselves by trying to mimic every sound, scratch, drum, wind, yeah you name it to the fullest. 

All songs are very impressive and with every teaser they released it always contained a snippet from the actually show compared to their work. Nothing different, except now it's pumping through the speakers in full stereo. That's how great it is.. It's so damn impressive that you can't hear the difference between Sly's original work and Jan and Mark's re-created work. 

Jan is the new guy who was brought on board to only do the Main Themes, with selections from each Seasons, and no it does not contain any S4 themes, which some fans would hope for. His work is beyond great, and you can hear he has put a lot of time and work into his job. Nothing is here is fictional. "Fear no more, Rick Patterson has actually released some of his work from S4, available on iTunes." 

Mark is not new to this, so we know what we can expect from him only this time he knocked himself out of the park. I'm sure all those late nights watching Airwolf, rewinding back and forth, back and forth to create every single, stroke of piano, guitar and cello made him bounce of the wall. His work on the Episodic Themes are also unforgettable perfect.. Oh, and did i mentioned it also features real Cello music? "It must be the man himself Jan Michael Vincent who plays the cello. He's so good at it."

While we now have three albums of pure Airwolf happiness i must say the new album is the best one so far. A true Masterpiece and a must have for any Airwolf fan. Your collection won't be the same without it. 

Even Sly, Udi and Ian should be proud of these fine gentlemen's. 


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