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 Posted:   Mar 14, 2023 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

First score since BREATHING FIRE in 1991!

 Posted:   May 1, 2024 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

From Paul Hertzog:

My soundtrack for "The Last Kumite" is coming soon. Digital downloads and streaming will be available as soon as May 16th, though there may be some delays on some services. And yes, there will be a release of physical cds on Perseverance Records, probably not until July.

 Posted:   May 1, 2024 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Very cool!

 Posted:   May 2, 2024 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

This is awesome news!

 Posted:   May 2, 2024 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Hell yeah!

 Posted:   May 3, 2024 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

Awaiting order info.

 Posted:   May 3, 2024 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

 Posted:   May 16, 2024 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Soundtrack out now.

 Posted:   May 16, 2024 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Thanks, FB! I preordered the CD on amazon.

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2024 - 1:16 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Anyone heard this?

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2024 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   ANDREW   (Member)

Classic 80s action music! Superb!

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2024 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Anyone heard this?

Yes. I hope to include it in an upcoming "reviews-on-the-go".

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2024 - 7:56 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

The CD arrived in my mailbox today, and first impressions are a bit mixed but definitely positive overall (Sidenote: I haven't seen the film, so this is based solely on the album listening experience.)

The score immediately sounds "retro" and scratches that nostalgic itch for '80s martial arts movie synth/rock, but for this '80s martial arts movie synth/rock fan, it sometimes left me reaching for the calamine lotion.

The first half is mostly atmospheric, Asian-flavored synthscapes reminiscent of a slightly watered-down Kickboxer (which to my ears is a already a watered-down Bloodsport, my favorite Hertzog score and a cornerstone of its era and genre), peppered with later-era techno undercurrents, synth electric and acoustic guitars and mandolin (?), and rock beat-driven tracks that alllllllmost get the blood pumping but too often stop abruptly as soon as they start swinging, leaving mis huevos the same color as the cover art for Perseverance Records' Kickboxer CD reissue.

It gains steam in the third act when those rock beats and synth guitars finally start kicking serious butt, and once the kumite begins, it's no holds barred as Hertzog unleashes keyboards of fury that make me feel like I just took a shot of sonic adrenaline, the audio equivalent of liquid courage, but like the latter, it wears off too quickly.

Despite the slow start and its lack of originality and strong themes, I really enjoyed this score. Hertzog can still bring it when the bell rings, and I'd be Jean Claude Van Dammed if I didn't give this grasshopper 3.5/5 kicks to the face*.

*Rematches may affect this rating, for better or worse.

This also serves as my entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for Most Cheesy Puns in a Capsule Review on the FSM Board.

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2024 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Thank you good sir! Have this on my wish list now! And love the puns, hahaha!

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