The Devil’s Candy
Released by Death Waltz Recording Co., 2017
18 Tracks with a total running time of 37 min.
Music by Michael Yezerski
Right from the very second this score starts, it grabs you by the core. At first, it might just seem like a loud guitar riff, but it is much more than that, having a strange and eerie quality to it. It definitely gets the listener’s attention.
Now hearing that opening track, one might think that their ears are in for an audible assault for the rest of the score, but that is not the case. What you do get is a stream of sounds and vibrations that still create a sense of atmosphere. Maybe a thump here and there to give it a little impact, but very sedate. Or as in Track 4, The Swing, the thumping picks up the pace, like a heartbeat pulsating, all the while a distorted wailing plays in the background. Very simple, but very effective. There are some tracks that seem so simple like just plucking the strings in quick succession while a constant stream of a quiet shrieking in the background and the thumping picking up pace. Although, by the time you get to the end of the score, it does pick up in pace and volume!
I think this is what I like so much about Yezerski’s score. The simplicity of the sounds but yet they are so effective. Now, let me say that when I mean “simplicity”, I’m by no means implying that what he is doing is simply. Coming from no musical background whatsoever, I didn’t want to make it sound like this is easy as pulling something across some strings. If it was, everyone would be doing it. But Yezerski seems to create some great guttural notes and feelings with these sounds that really have a great effect. On Track 7, The Churge, it starts off with that low resonating tone with a beat starting to pick up right before that huge riff from the beginning kicks in that will almost have you sitting up in your chair.
I was not familiar with Yezerski’s work before this score and even looking back through his resume, don’t see anything genre titles in there that I might have missed. But I do know now that I will be paying attention to his work.