Dead Beats: Castlevania’s “Main Title” by Trevor Morris
This is one theme that’ll make you thirst for more.
By Jay Gervais
With the second season of Netflix’s Castlevania making its rounds on television sets across the country, some of you have undoubtedly been enjoying Trevor Morris’ music for the show thus far. Musically speaking, Morris continues where he left off in the first season and isn’t afraid to showcase his talents in all kinds of wonderful ways for this new season.
Interestingly, this isn’t Morris’ first time doing work in relation to Dracula, as he was commissioned to do music from 2013 to 2014 for a short-lived television series based on Bram Stoker’s late 19th century famous gothic horror novel. You’ve probably heard his music in other television shows like Vikings, the first season of Iron Fist, and Taken. He’s even done music for video games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, and Need for Speed: Carbon. So, with that said, Morris seemed like a great and obvious choice to score Netflix’s Castlevania. We couldn’t agree more.
The rambunctious “Main Title” for the show is a highlight and is sure to be a delight for both casual listeners and Castlevania enthusiasts alike. Morris’ composition is moderately complex and perfectly foreshadows what awaits, both musically and with respect to the themes explored in the show itself. It leaves you wanting more and Morris thankfully does not disappoint in delivering the goods in the remainder of the show’s soundtrack. One could go as far as to say this theme would fit nicely in a Castlevania video game and you wouldn’t even be wrong.
While the show’s music was initially criticized for omitting themes from the games in the first season, likely due to licensing barriers, this new season is destined to quiet down any detractors for a single marvelous scene in episode seven that features a staple theme from the games, which is of course “Bloody Tears” by Kenichi Matsubara. The track, as many fans already know, originally appeared in Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest for the NES back in 1987.
That’s not to say there isn’t plenty more to enjoy here and we’re hopeful a soundtrack release is planned for the near future, considering this season has arguably been the best yet, both for the show itself as well as its music. Let's hope this trend continues for the third season.