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In my most recent posts I have paid tribute to films by some of my favorite directors from around the world. I previously posted soundtracks to horror films by directors from Italy, Germany and Hungary. Now we turn our attention to France, where a new wave of horror films has recently forced fans of the genre around the world to take notice. The 2008 film "Martyrs", directed by Pascal Laugier, is one of the most controversial of the new breed of French horror films, and has critics once again questioning whether such films have artistic merit, or if they are just displays of sadism without any other real purpose. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre encountered similar criticism when it was released in 1976, and we all know how it went on to cement its legendary status within the genre. My take on the matter is that any film that is capable of generating such controversy and emotion should not only be labeled as art, but it should be considered a masterpiece. After all, isn't the purpose of art to capture and express thoughts and feelings, and envoke that emotion within the intended audience? Many artists try and fail miserably in their aim to reach this goal. I wouldn't go so far as to say that this film is without flaws, nor do I think it is on par with the previously mentioned Texas Chainsaw Massacre. However, no one can deny that Laugier successfully accomplished what he set out to do in Martyrs, which was to make the viewer feel the physical and emotional torment being displayed on screen.
Laugier called upon the services of Seppuku Paradigm to create the music to accompany his warped masterpiece. Seppuku Paradigm is a two-man group consisting of the French brothers Alex and Willie Cortes. Their band name was inspired by the death of Japanese author Yukio Mishima who, after a failed coup d'état, committed suicide according to ancient Japanese tradition (seppuku or hara kiri) as a gesture of public protest. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the group is offering a free download of the album on their website (http://seppukuparadigm.com
I downloaded this via torrent long before I realized that the brothers were giving away the soundtrack for free. After listening to it I thought to myself that it was unfortunate that I wouldn't be able to share it here on the blog, as I assumed that this would be for sale and in print. This is one of the best soundtracks to a modern horror film that I've heard within recent memory. This is a very dark and powerful score, reflecting the multitude of shocking moments within the film. The darkly melodic and less intense themes represent the sadness and tragedy playing out on the screen, perfectly capturing the emotions on display. They also serve the purpose of giving the listener a false sense of security, luring them into a relaxed state before shattering it with pounding rhythms and powerful blasts of noise.
I hope you enjoy this generous offer from Seppuku Paradigm. I have taken the liberty of tagging all the tracks, and also included a text file which contains an interview with the brothers, who discuss the creative process behind the soundtrack.
Year of Release: 2008 Label: NA / Self Release Genre: Soundtrack/Score, Horror Bitrate: 320kbps
Tracklist: 1. Prologue 2. Orphans Games 3. At Night in the Dormitory 4. Hunting Her Down 5. I Did It ! 6. Crisis 7. Flashback 8. Crisis (Reprise) 9. Lucie's Wounds 10. Moving Corpses 11. Gabrielle's Theme 12. Broken Glass 13. Attacked in the Bathroom 14. Gabrielle's Theme (Continued) 15. Embrace 16. Anna & the Scarred Ghost 17. Rough Burial 18. Enter Mademoiselle 19. The Suffering Is Over 20. Revelations 21. Your Witness