|Album Title:||Symphony SEED DESTINY: Symphonic Suite Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny|
|Anime Title:||Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny|
|Artist:||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra|
|Release Date:||December 16, 2005|
|Purchase at:||CDJapan, Play-Asia|
|1. Opening – Chapter I: 運命の扉開かれる刻||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||5:47|
|2. Brand New Days – Chapter II: 示された世界と約束||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||4:01|
|3. Battle in the Space – Chapter III: 戦火散り咲く漆黒の空||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||4:14|
|4. The Shadow of his mind – Chapter IV: 正義で塗られた罪の在処||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||3:14|
|5. War – Chapter V: 蒼天に揺れる剣と叫び||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||4:33|
|6. SINN ASUKA – Chapter VI: 切り裂かれた想いと苦悩の瞳||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||3:46|
|7. Spaceship MINERVA – Chapter VII: 聡明なる女神の艦||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||2:52|
|8. ORB – Chapter VIII: 剣無き黄昏の大地||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||3:30|
|9. Shyer Soldier – Chapter IX: 自由という名の孤独||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||3:30|
|10. STELLAR – Chapter X: 哀しみに沈む刹那の揺り籠||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||4:00|
|11. After the Glory – Chapter XI: 迷える翼に選ばれし明日||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||4:37|
|12. Finale – Chapter XII: 新しき世界が知る混迷の未来||Toshihiko Sahashi, London Symphony Orchestra||7:33|
Review: The stage is set, the situation such that no single person can alter the course of events that have been set in motion. War has come, and with it, the chance for one side to own the future as two competing ideologies struggle for dominance. In “Opening,” we have a grim, quiet section that quickly melds away as the trumpets’ clarion call brings to mind legions of personnel and military hardware mobilizing hurriedly. Its grand melody evokes the birth of legends born from the thickets of battle and its quieter moments bring with them the hope that by prevailing, the universe will be made a better place. The energy and the bombast packed into this opening track grabbed my attention from the start and instilled within me the eagerness to see the partnership between Gundam SEED Destiny composer Toshihiko Sahashi and the London Symphony Orchestra bear fruit once more.
In going through the album, the themes battle and warcraft dominate most of the melodies. Though the first Gundam SEED symphonic album has its share of bombast, this album revels in it, and tracks that encourage introspection like the regal, yet tranquil “ORB” are a rarity. You’re more likely to encounter melodies that build up unease and tension or glorious fanfares. Of course, if that’s the kind of music that gets you excited, then hold on tight; there’s a lot to explore here.
You don’t even have to listen too far to come across the inspiring tracks either. “Brand New Days” graces us with a really moving melody that’s sure to stick out in your mind if you listen to this album enough. The lower brass starts off with the really catchy motive, one that calls forth the dawn until it peaks and unleashes a breathtaking melody that serves as a perfect rallying call in the way it sweeps you up with its fervor and carries you to the battlefield.
Brand New Days[audio:02 symphonyseeddestiny.mp3]
Once there though, the tension rises considerably. In “Battle in the Space,” the grimness begins, and the piece grows more and more dissonant as the unease sets in. This piece does well in its reminder of how war is mostly boredom interrupted by moments filled with sheer terror. Furthermore, its progression instills a sense of paranoia, which carries over to the next track, “The Shadow of his mind.” “Shadow” builds upon “Battle’s” uncertainty before unleashing a pounding section that reminds me of a hammer raining blows upon an anvil. Its heavy melody sounds like the heavy hand of Fate has come down, putting its mark upon all those within its reach.
The Shadow of his mind[audio:04 symphonyseeddestiny.mp3]
In a break from all the tense and heated encounters, you have “Spaceship MINERVA” which, while short, nails the concept of the majestic launch down. Its grace and regality fills the air radiantly, setting my heart alight with awe as the music, with its Olympic-like fanfares brings forth its depiction of a machine that represents the sum total of human progress. Though short, it’s one of the most memorable tracks on the album.
Spaceship MINERVA[audio:07 symphonyseeddestiny.mp3]
The depictions of the conflict then continue and the focus moves from the intensity of the action, to hints of the tragedy in “Shyer Soldier” and “STELLAR” and back to the fights with “After the glory” and its reprising of the many musical themes we’ve come across so far. Symphony SEED Destiny then closes out with a dab of something Dvorak or John Williams might have written, at least, in the way the crescendo opens up the piece. “Finale” doesn’t actually live up to its name until the 4:44 mark when the bombastic ardor of combat dies down and is replaced with a stately theme that inspires relief resulting from the reprieve from this constant warring. Once it approaches this point, you can hear another chapter close as peace sets in. For how long, no one can say, but at least the characters have earned their well-deserved rest.
Many people have noted that Gundam SEED’s forte lies in its music (and not so much its plot or characters) and these Gundam SEED symphonic albums show that you can never have too much of a good thing. Drawn from the best pieces that the franchise has to offer and filled with a fire from all the bombast, the quality resulting from the combination of Toshihiko Sahashi and the London Symphony Orchestra is such that the rich, evocative experience it offers renders it unforgettable.