Deus Ex: Human Revolution by Michael McCann
“I never asked for this.”
First and Last
Head to your nearest LIMB Clinic and load up on Nueropozyne because we are taking a look at Michael McCann's Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Wrought with orchestral overtures and hauntingly serene vocals that will send chills up and down your spine, Human Revolution will leave you wondering about what will become our future. Beautiful orchestrations augmented with futuristic synthetic drones and hums breathe a new life into this series reboot from 2011. Laden with the golden smog of a world on the brink of societal collapse, Deus Ex: Human Revolution will mesmerize you in a hypnotic, biological transcendence.
Michael McCann's emergence into video game soundtracks began all the way back in 2006 with Ubisoft's “Splinter Cell: Double Agent”. Although known at the time for composing scores to movies and television, it is within gaming that Mr. McCann found his true calling. With Eidos Montréal looking to breathe new life into the Deus Ex series after an almost decade long hiatus, Michael McCann was chosen to head the games soundtrack for their look into Deus Ex's historic past.
Michael's vision for Human Revolution will bring you to the darkest recesses of humanity. A void so resplendent with corporate greed and exploitation of humans rights will compel you to reflect upon the game’s world for some time to come. This contemplative mindset in no small part to his tremendous work on building a symphonic world that totally encapsulates and immerses you in the game. Michael hits on all the game’s themes with surgical precision: industrial tribal drumming drives you towards orchestral sweeps that carry you across a world devoid of compassion. Further still, the listener reaches an Eastern tambre brought upon by the technological crux of humanity known as Hengsha. With morality hanging in the balance, will you decide the fate of humanity?
Return To Hengsha
Sumthing Else Music Works have been a staple in the gaming music field for a long time. They have produced some of the world's most renowned soundtracks, have given composer’s hard work the recognition it deserves, and pioneered digital and physical medium such as CDs. Sumthing Else branched out their production in late 2011 to include vinyl like Red Faction Armageddon, shortly followed by the remastered soundtrack to Microsoft's anniversary edition of Halo: Combat Evolved.
The design of this release is absolutely incredible. A large gold triangle dominates the front cover, shimmering with the same reflective hue as seen throughout the game, with a gloss finish that accentuates the game's universe perfectly. The music itself is pressed upon two gorgeous golden disks with a black swirl lovingly mixed throughout, giving it a likeness to the smog that seems to loom over the inhabitants of the game world. The added bonus tracks “Deus Ex - The Fall (Menu Theme)” and “Sarif Vs. Unatco” just add to the overall appeal of this package and are exclusive to this vinyl release. Embellishments of gold are seen in the inner gatefold along with an incredible embroidery design!
This is without a doubt one of my favorite soundtracks of all time, and I think that what Sumthing Else Music Works has done here is incredible. If you are a fan of the Deus Ex universe and especially Human Revolution you owe it to yourself to own this monument to Michael's work. My only question is this… when will we see Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on wax? ;)
Remastered for vinyl by :
Jonathan Jacques-Belletête & Team
Vinyl produced & distributed by:
Sumthing Else Music Works
Where to Buy?
Unfortunately this album was initially released in 2016 and quickly sold out shortly upon it’s release. A re-press was recently done back in August of this year. It has since sold out as well, but the album is still relatively accessible from certain retailers, and stores including Amazon. (Quick note: people have reported shipping issues from Amazon, and I myself received a severely damaged copy from Amazon so order with care).
Purchase Vinyl Here: SOLD OUT
Sumthing Else Web Store: DEAD LINK