Horns is in my Top 10 films of 2014, and it’s a hot contender for my film of the year, so it won’t surprise you that I regard the soundtrack very favourably indeed. The artwork on the album bears the legend “Love Hurts Like Hell”, which is one of the main themes of the film, and the music, composed by ROB who also composed the score to Maniac, another recent favourite horror film of mine, and performed by the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, certainly reflects that and, like the film itself, shifts from the dramatic, to the surreal, to the outright supernatural.
The score blends rock with classical instruments to excellent effect and, although 43 minutes is quite a short running time for a score this epic in nature, the individual tracks are sumptuous to listen to, and work very well indeed outside of watching the film, evoking a mixture of emotions. From the ominous tones of “Death Choir” and “Blood Stone” through the more uplifting sounds of “Lift Orchestra” and “First Love” to the triumphant, revenge-soaked “Lee’s Death” and “Snakes”, the Horns score takes the listener on a very cinematic journey. Fans of the film will remember their favourite moments, and even if you haven’t seen the film there is a lot to enjoy here.