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The Glyphstone
2012-05-11, 05:07 PM
I'll be running the Battle of Brindol in an hour or two, and would like some good, bombastic war music to play during the background. Anyone have suggestions?

2012-05-11, 05:07 PM
Depends, lyrics or no lyrics?

The Glyphstone
2012-05-11, 05:25 PM
Preferably instrumentals.

Averis Vol
2012-05-11, 05:30 PM
you could try the Skyrim theme, i think its called the dragon born returns. it does have singing but not particularly anything understandable.

(here ya go, link for 10 hours of music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5J5XRl6RKk0&feature=related)) hope this helps, im not normally good with orchestra stuff liek this.

Righteous Doggy
2012-05-11, 05:35 PM
Personally, I like Ex Deo for the conquering mood. but I'm not sure if its your cup of tea.

The Glyphstone
2012-05-11, 05:38 PM
Skyrim won't work, all my players have it and will be distracted.

2012-05-11, 05:49 PM
Everything (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqVIJFvUraw&feature=related) that (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtgaQA8FTao) has (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPtM9-dnY6Y&feature=plcp) Battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F-vB9RudQs&feature=plcp) with (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svRZz5t-6uU&feature=plcp) the (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIHUSTd1gJY&feature=plcp) Colossus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5YG1lHwZXw&feature=plcp) in (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwetX5iVa6E&feature=plcp) its (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrFL2zPc2uk&feature=plcp) name (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akfztHv8a1Q&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLB3D7FC266505A51C).
More epic than bombastic though...

2012-05-11, 06:02 PM
A few years back my friends and I would play the Oblivion soundtrack during our games. Of course if you've already shot down the Skyrim theme, I doubt you'll be interested it, but I figured I'd just throw it out there (since it has the best soundtrack of any ES game, imho).

I know what song you should play at the end of the battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t_4BL1TXbw) , though. :smalltongue:

2012-05-11, 06:19 PM
Here's a couple.


On the second link, McKennitt isn't instrumental only (here), but it works. (Much of her stuff works well in fantasy settings.) I wouldn't call it "bombastic," but I can totally envision a battle scene being shown to it though.

2012-05-11, 07:05 PM
Personal favorite (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lKUYAnqxjU), here.

2012-05-11, 07:54 PM
The band Two Steps from Hell has many good works for this kind of thing.
Archangel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ-QLl5qjLg&feature=related)
Heart of Courage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRLdhFVzqt4)

2012-05-12, 02:04 AM
Try one of these, they are all excellent:
Barbaranni of Death (http://tindeck.com/listen/wafc)
Imperatrix (http://tindeck.com/listen/jlyq)
Pyar Faith (http://tindeck.com/listen/upht)
EXEC_CUTYPUMP (http://tindeck.com/listen/joeu)
Devil May Sly (http://tindeck.com/listen/fsud)
Back to Feed My Frankenstein (http://tindeck.com/listen/bhqm)
The Battle for Everyone's Souls (http://tindeck.com/listen/eygt)
Pyar Babar the Twisted Elephant (http://tindeck.com/listen/ixvo)
EXEC_COSMOFLIPS (http://tindeck.com/listen/xjwo)
Heartful Cry (http://tindeck.com/listen/sexl)
The Dark Colossus Destroys All (http://tindeck.com/listen/ysxe)
and finally METHOD_REPLAKIA (http://tindeck.com/listen/lbnb)

2012-05-12, 02:49 AM
Requiem for a Dream is always good. I favor this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=j6Aa7dXkqWA) version.

2012-05-12, 06:48 AM
Requiem for a Dream is always good. I favor this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=j6Aa7dXkqWA) version.

I prefer this version of Clint Mansell's Lux Aeterna (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIQHy549JH8).

Hiro Protagonest
2012-05-12, 11:38 AM
Gustav Holst - Mars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bcRCCg01I)

2012-05-12, 12:19 PM
I'll be running the Battle of Brindol in an hour or two, and would like some good, bombastic war music to play during the background. Anyone have suggestions?

Just about anything by Sabaton or Gravedigger will do. My favorite is Van Canto's cover of Primo Victoria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FvoA0euYhc)

On a more "you're screwed" end, there's always Grahf's theme song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN6z3jJ7ENw).

2012-05-12, 03:07 PM
I'll be running the Battle of Brindol in an hour or two, and would like some good, bombastic war music to play during the background. Anyone have suggestions?

Do you have the Sucker Punch soundtrack? Or can you get it? It's pretty fantastic.

Also, if it looks like a party wipe is coming(shouldn't be likely, the brindol battle is actually pretty easy), play Mad World.

2012-05-12, 07:12 PM
Seconding Two Steps From Hell and the Shadow of the Colossus OST.

Suikoden 5 has some cool big battle music. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KYAQ44MV94)

If power metal is okay too, I suggest looking at Hammerfall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=146ITLW3Ytg) and Rhapsody of Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxdoLFXgb6U).

2012-05-12, 10:20 PM
Just plugging a quick one here- The Infernal Dance of King Kaschei from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.


2012-05-13, 09:46 AM
The Grimrock Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d689QT0nEY4)is a good one they probably haven't heard before good for set up, though not so much for during the battle.

2012-05-15, 11:28 PM
I've always wanted a good excuse to play Dream Theater with a battle:

Erotomania (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nd8vTOUnO0) (ignore the stupid name)
The Glass Prison (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSX86zPnUkY)
Overture 1928 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNKjuC2kSPs)

2012-05-21, 10:00 PM
Some time somebody should get together an archive of the music that people have suggested in different threads on this forum. Maybe categorize it by what situations DMs should use them in.

2012-05-21, 11:13 PM
Neir has some pretty epic feeling music. Dark ID did an LP and put up a bunch of the pieces. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL02C82955A229CFA2&feature=plcp

2012-05-25, 01:08 PM
Our go to music while role playing is Conan the barbarian sound track, O fortuna from Carmina Burina and Holst.

Man on Fire
2012-05-25, 03:45 PM
Try pretty much anything by E.S Posthumus, Two Steps From Hell, or Immediate Music.
Some other suggestions:
Fate/Zero: Rule The Battlefield (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt5BBVoaZYU&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=4&feature=plpp_video) and The Battle IsTo The Strong (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs7qCeYkUk8&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=32&feature=plpp_video)
Pride FC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSz7nKYNSTo&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=49&feature=plpp_video)
Guyver: The Biobooster Armor OST: Attacking the impending Enemy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sLk5GKBlHk&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=45&feature=plpp_video)
Brock Lesnar entrance theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7m9xo923H8&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=53&feature=plpp_video)
Undertaker Entrance Theme: Dark Side/Ministry Of Darkness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BmelUGRFTY&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=15&feature=plpp_video)
Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs: Outrider Chase (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkSZDGRDlk0&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=86&feature=plpp_video)
Fairy Tail: Release Power (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6dVOPoMmjg)
Avance Wars: Godess of Revenge (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdsPxC5g5Uw&feature=relmfu)
Break Blade: Heroes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q3gtY5wHuI&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=123&feature=plpp_video) and Fight Against Destiny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-Py7IamMxQ&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=122&feature=plpp_video)
Goldberg's Entrance Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXakXogkfME&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=135&feature=plpp_video)
Code Geass: The Master (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj7Pai8WlHA) and to lesser extend Beautiful Emperor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qY8_96LU8To)
Super Robot Wars: Dark Prison (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IikvhRa9js) and Gate Of Magus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihqXPQwXEVU)
Umineko no Naku Koro Ni: Mirage Coordinator

And for bonus:
This Remix of Forces with lyrics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfgmbfU8yp4&list=FLaeoX3CApple3apt_n02XTA&index=150&feature=plpp_video)

2012-05-25, 04:46 PM
I have a pretty strong interest in video game music, so that's the theme of this post. VGM.

Pokeremixstudio -- Primal Dialga Remix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poiqPQpiTN0

Might be too electronic for what you're looking for, but it's so gooooooood. He has a bunch of other good Pokemon stuff too (Cynthia remixes, rival/gym leader battles, Regi battle, and much more). Not going to bother linking all of it, just too much <.<

Kid Icarus Uprising's final boss music is pretty good too, not going to link because spoilers. Referring to either the Medusa or the Hades one, both are pretty good.

Same with Golden Sun:

Walking Forward with Determination: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3vKQYX0bu0
Mars Lighthouse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ytoYlkxoAg (this might be a touch subdued, idk, but I don't know of a remix of it either... I ought to go fill that demand, haha)
Fusion Dragon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLAnTKPhP_M

A few examples.

Oh, and from a game near and dear to me, Chrono Trigger:

World Revolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojQAmkL2NXc
Battle with Magus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbbLN_GRSNI
Actually, basically every battle theme in the game qualifies along with the main theme. Too many to link.
And also, Guardia Castle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TykpyrHAZpw It has that military sound to it.
Gaah, can't stop linking... Undersea Palace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfERAdq5GnI
One more. Black Dream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnjjNK7xXI0

(BTW, for the record, I am not any of the Youtube users in this post.)

Death Waltz (HD Piano Tutorial): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpDxad2DqhM Although it's not quite as effective when you aren't watching the video (you need at least 4-5 REALLY GOOD pianists to hit all those notes), so maybe not. (And actually, it looks like Touhou is responsible for it, so yeah.)

Lastly, check out some of the older Final Fantasy games. No specific examples, but hey.

And I know I was talking VGM, but anything Trans-siberian Orchestra also works. They didn't ONLY do that one Christmas song, you know ;)

...you know what? Screw it, Tvtropes.