Onager (Dagonet (A Radiant Mourning))

Reviewed by Steve Gilmore on (Wednesday, April 23, 2008) Rated 9.6 / 10
Category Rating
Track Structure 10
Interest 9
Melody 9
Performance 10
Lyrics 0
Enjoyment 10
Recording Quality 10
Commercial Appeal 9
Overall 9.6

It's been a while since I've anything new from Welsh artist Onager, so it was nice to see him sneaking this track onto my review list.  An MP3 Unsigned artist, Onager writes electronica in general and soundtracks in particular, and he's usually well worth a listen.  With Dagonet (A Radiant Mourning) he's obviously overdosed on film epics (he mentions the excellent 300 and King Arthur in the song comments) and this is his version of the soundtrack to one of those ripping yarns.  Now, you know me and soundtracks, as a man once said 'we dannae get on'.  Mind you, having seen and marvelled at the work (visual and audio) of the aforementioned 300, this track hit me just right. The boy nailed it.  No question.

So, if you are wuss who can't handle visions of raging hordes of bloodthirsty killers, best look away now.  Essentially its a track about one persons sacrifice for the sake of his comrades and that's as fine a sentiment as you can get.  Stands to reason then, that the music better be up to the task and Onager delivers an adrenaline rush you are not likely to forget and at almost three minutes long it's a no brainer just to have a quick listen while you are reading this.  Just to get your heart pumping, as it were.

Onager has a deft touch in terms of arrangement and the selection of the instruments used, giving the track a lovely acoustic feeling, an openess that helps the impact of the track.  Can't say I caught the film thing so much but by my standards this would make a cracking game soundtrack, especially one of those God games and don't even get me started on the Total War series!  Anyhoo, Dagonet packs a lot into it's short length and even now, after a few days of hanging with this bad boy it's still keeping me amused - and I fekkin LOVE the tom work.  Play loud and fight with the Glorious Few!

MUST HAVE soundtrack.

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