God Of War Composer Reveals Origins Of New Soundtrack, Listen To The Album Here
God of War is taking on the mythology of Old Norse in its upcoming sequel, and with that change comes a number of other shake-ups to the franchise’s established norms. Updated combat, crisper visuals, as well as a much more beardy look for Kratos are among the most apparent additions to the game, but there’s also a booming new soundtrack that deeply utilizes the setting’s Scandinavian roots. God of War composer Bear McCreary recently revealed what went into the creation of the music with PlayStation Blog.
As with the game’s reformed gameplay, McCreary reveals that he was instructed to approach the new God of War with a fresh perspective, as it became apparent that the game would be wholly unlike its predecessors. Collaborating with game director Cory Barlog, the series’ signature “deep choirs, pounding drums, and shrieking brass” was taken into account to be reimagined as a Norse-era soundtrack, with plenty of epicness sprinkled in for good measure. Listen to the soundtrack below:
The God of War composer went on to disclose his most cherished addition to the soundtrack, the song “Memories of Mother.” The track’s emotional tone may seem appropriate for the story at hand, but it was initially supposed to be used as the main theme for Kratos. The juxtaposition of an intense, rage-filled, murder-machine like Kratos and such a somber, beautiful tune proved to be too much, and the song was temporarily shelved until it found a more fitting home as the theme for Atreus’ mysterious mother.
From the sound of the album above, there should be no shortage of amazing experiences to be had when the game releases. A sheer creative undertaking seems to have been spread across all aspects of the new God of War, so much so that the initiative alone is likely to impress even the most hardened of doubters. We’ll see if all the hard work pays off when God of War releases exclusively for PlayStation 4 on April 20th.
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