Hellblade Soundtrack: Battle March

03 Mar Hellblade Soundtrack: Battle March

Here is a full track from the Hellblade soundtrack called Battle March:

 

And below we’ve answered a few of your questions on the game’s music:

‏@ValkyrieShepard

Will you consider using a female singer for Senua’s music?

That’s the idea yes.  We have only just started creating music and we want to flesh out more of the Senua side of things in future.  This includes female vocals, and session musicians for the more natural instruments like Cello, piano etc.

@Mookman241

How does this new process of producing music benefit the development of Hellblade?

It’s not so different to concept art.  Music can be used as a source of inspiration as well as accompaniment.

Music that is especially meaningful has a pace and flow to it and in some cases the visuals or gameplay can dance to the same rythm. When you can hear the scenes, the imagery can follow.

@BestServedSoup 3

Will the game be taking a more melodic or atmospheric direction in terms of music?

It will be a mix of both. There are signature characters, events and states of mind all of which have a particular sound.  The soundtracks will often be used to portray a mood and so atmospheric or minimal melodies will be used.

At key points in the story, there will be room for songs as well.

‏@CaliforSoulBlog

Who will be singing the main title theme?

At this point in development we don’t have a main theme.  We’re hoping to bring in some session musicians and singers in future.  We are still exploring style so that is a little way off.

‏@CaliforSoulBlog

if anything, will there be any lyrics in a different language in #HellbladeMusic?

The Viking songs are sung in Norse or Norse-like dialects. The Senua side of things will be in English rather than Celt.  The reason for this is that the game is told from Senua’s subjective point of view.  She would hear her own

language as we hear our own – without accents or foreign dialects.

General: I get why you are using Andy for the Viking music but why for softer side of the music?

We want there to be a consistent unified soundtrack to the whole game, one person’s unique voice. While Andy is a natural fit for the Viking side, he is also a diverse musician that is able to create a wide palette of music.

He is very enthusiastic about Hellblade and wants to push all aspects of the music.  We have only just begun and will in future be bringing in session musicians and vocalists to help create a complete picture.

 

19 Comments
  • Bocl Samson
    Posted at 05:06h, 03 March Reply

    I love it!

  • Skater_Ricky
    Posted at 06:15h, 03 March Reply

    Sound’s like a deep sad song or a part that leads up to a great battle to fight against a great enemy.

    I also think it’s more like a Blacksmith making a powerful sword to be used in battle.

  • André Vila Franca
    Posted at 10:18h, 03 March Reply

    Really feets the tone of HELLBLADE. Looks agressive, dangerous and dark. I also hope to find beautiful songs as well, especially for Senua, acompained by a famale voice.
    And the artwork looks incredible, that picture of an undead viking that looks like Ragnar Lothbrok with his spinal cord coming out of his body with his flesh still atached to it looks frightning as fuck, amazing!!
    Can’t wait for this game!! \(^0^)/

  • RodyHW
    Posted at 14:24h, 03 March Reply

    This is exactly how I was thinking about it! Love this viking song. By the way, do you plan to have more “Epic/Choral” sounds for the #Hellblademusic ?

  • Niccelson
    Posted at 19:22h, 03 March Reply

    Very unique texture to this piece, though the lack of a strong melody makes it somewhat unmemorable. Doesn’t have the bass I’d expect from a “Battle March” either, sounds more like what would play when a veil of mist parted to reveal a macabre spectacle. On the subject of session musicians I have to recommend my favourite artist Gavin Dunne of youtube.com/miracleofsound. A lot of his work contains melodic metal but the guy has serious talent with many different genres: his latest song Sirona is a must-hear. Link: http://youtu.be/ai0ufYO0uXI

  • Kelso
    Posted at 00:46h, 04 March Reply

    I am very happy with the direction of this project. To quote Fry, ‘Shut up and take my money!’ 🙂 Honestly, I was a bit skeptical of the music, but seeing the track coupled with the images has created a wonderful argument. I truly applaud the team for thinking outside the box. This may very well be my most anticipated game of the year, and the fact that you have given an unprecedented amount of exposure through the development process is nothing short of trail blazing. Great job Ninja Theory!

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  • Vital (Brownie_USSR)
    Posted at 11:53h, 05 March Reply

    Of course you’ll excuse me, but I only lasted 30 seconds – then was silent slideshow! Separately, I listen to it I can not – it is hoped that in conjunction with the right visuals to sound kind of music would be better. Art as always cool!

  • Alex D
    Posted at 09:46h, 06 March Reply

    Wow! I just saw this was done by Andy LePlegua! The soundtrack for DMC suited the game perfectly and I’m so stoked you guys are keeping up the collaboration! Can’t wait!

  • Zura
    Posted at 12:12h, 06 March Reply

    Very good!

  • filippo M
    Posted at 23:18h, 09 March Reply

    fantastic!

  • Ed Lopez
    Posted at 02:22h, 28 March Reply

    Lacks some bass… A heavier voice could help

  • Chelsea Weaks
    Posted at 18:47h, 18 April Reply

    I can’t explain how excited and supportive of this I am. I have only preordered one game. I will happily preorder this one too.

  • Jack
    Posted at 05:09h, 31 May Reply

    I think that experimenting new kind of textures and sounds is good.
    But it is good as long as you have top-notch guys like Hans Zimmer doing it.
    Someone who just want to “play” with some sounds and see where it will lead him, probably will end creating some stuff which will only make sense to him. This is exactly what is occuring with the soundtrack, in my opinion. I’m not defending traditionalism, but in my opinion the last two tracks from the game just went too far in experimenting “unusual” stuff. The last track gave me every kind of impression, except what the name suggested.
    The whole game looks really fantastic, I would surely buy it, but no offenses, I think you should hire some professionally trained composer who might be able to adapt his work to the kind of music you want without any problems.

  • TigerPrincess
    Posted at 17:07h, 24 August Reply

    Awesome!

  • Luke Ambrogio
    Posted at 09:15h, 08 August Reply

    Please release the full soundtrack on Spotify!!

  • Ryan Cromwell
    Posted at 12:40h, 17 August Reply

    When will a full ost be available for purchase?

  • Ryan Cromwell
    Posted at 12:40h, 17 August Reply

    When will a full ost be available for purchase?

  • Ozell Macklin
    Posted at 16:10h, 20 August Reply

    I want this soundtrack please release it everywhere especially amazon so I can buy it! I rather own this then merely steaming on spotify because it is worth adding to my collection!

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