I received the soundtrack CD to Mother of Tears the other day. I’ve had a chance to sit down and listen to the CD from beginning to end a couple of times now, and broadly speaking, I like it, with some reservations.
This is a very eclectic score, and Simonetti borrows liberally from other compositions, including his own contributions to the Argento universe (lots of shades of Phenomena), as well as Keith Emerson’s work on Inferno, Jerry Goldsmith’s score for The Omen and some of James Bernard’s work for the old Hammer films - all very worthy references to use, if you ask me. There are probably more, but they passed this relatively non-musical individual’s ears by.
The best track by far is the one that accompanies the opening credits (“The Third Mother (Main Theme)”) - it’s very Hammeresque, and I love that grand gothic sound with lots of brass and menacing chanting. The worst, meanwhile, is that truly awful Demonia/Cradle of Filth song that accompanies the closing credits. It’s essentially a metal remix of the opening title theme, with Dani Filth’s tuneless rasping layered over it - that description alone should give you some idea of how bad it sounds. I can’t believe Argento actually agreed to have it attached to the film - it completely wrecks the tone and is far, far worse than any of the heavy metal pieces he used in Phenomena and Opera.
As for the rest of the score, I like it, but I do find that the electronic elements, which are very much like those in The Card Player, jar with the more orchestral parts. It’s not a patch on the music for either Suspiria or Inferno, but it’s a good, solid gothic horror piece that goes quite well with the visuals I’ve seen for the film so far.