A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The Battle Bards podcast alternates with Retro Reprise every other week, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.

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A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The Battle Bards podcast alternates with Retro Reprise every other week, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.

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Candles will no longer haunt Syp's dreams -- Simon Belmont is here to whip them out of existence once and for all! Oh, and also Dracula. In today's show, Castlevania on the NES gets the star treatment as Syp dives into the music from the gothic horror platformer trilogy.

Episode 9: 8-bit Castlevania

  • Intro (feat. "Mansion" from Castlevania II)
  • "Vampire Killer" from Castlevania
  • "Starker" from Castlevania
  • "Wicked Child" from Castlevania
  • "Out of Time" from Castlevania
  • "Bloody Tears" from Castlevania II
  • "The Silence of the Daylight" from Castlevania II
  • "Beginning" from Castlevania III
  • "Deja Vu (Vampire Killer)" from Castlevania III
  • "Stream" from Castlevania III
  • Outro (feat. "Stage Clear" from Castlevania III)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_9.mp3
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When the sun goes down, the Battle Bards' work has just begun! In this week's episode, the crew explores nighttime music cues in MMOs, chasing the ever-elusive feel of what that period between dusk and dawn sounds like in game. Don't fall asleep!

Episode 89 show notes

  • Intro (feat."Shire Nights" from Lord of the Rings Online and "Moons of Evening Star" from Elder Scrolls Online)
  • "Painted Skies" from FFXIV
  • "Nacht" from Drakensang
  • "Starry Night" from Aura Kingdom
  • "Candlelight" from Dragon's Prophet
  • "Nighttime Music" from Black Desert Online
  • "Palace at Night" from Chronicles of Spellborn
  • "Rogshire Night 2" from Runes of Magic
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Heroic Assault" from Gears of War 2, "E3 2016 Trailer" from Cosmic Star Heroine, and "Main Theme" from Atlas Reactor
  • Outro ("Dusk of God" from MapleStory)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_89.mp3
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The new hotness on the MMO scene is Revelation Online, the Chinese import that has gamers abuzz with its flashy graphics and rounded theme park offerings. But how does its soundtrack hold up? The Battle Bards investigate an eastern game with a western composer -- World of Warcraft's Neal Acree. How does it come off?

Episode 88 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Bamboo Thicket" and "Imperial Camp")
  • "Swamp Town"
  • "Altar of Purification"
  • "Calm Blue"
  • "Underwater Adventures"
  • "Mystic Forest"
  • "The Chosen (Main Theme)"
  • "TianYu Island"
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Prologue" from Rime Burta, "The Light in Us All" from Planet Coaster, and "Main Theme" from Oblivion
  • Outro ("The Chosen")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_88.mp3
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It was the 8-bit console pretty much nobody owned -- and yet has endured longer than any console to date. The Sega Master System has a fascinating history and some (if not a ton of) great chiptunes. Give it a listen and you might learn a thing or two about the video game industry while rocking out to some great VGM!

Episode 8: Sega Master System

  • Intro
  • "Side-Crawler's Dance" from Wonder Boy III
  • "Bridge Zone" from Sonic the Hedgehog
  • "First Stage" from Double Dragon (PSG vs. FM)
  • "Main Title" from Alien 3
  • "Push" from Zillion
  • "Medusa's Lullaby" from Ecco II: The Tides of Time
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_8.mp3
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It's high time that the Battle Bards lay prostrate at the feet of their social and intellectual superiors, the high and mighty Elves! Yes, it's a full episode of elven music, a virtual rainbow of harps and swirly magic and slightly grumpy hosts who use this opportunity to unload their gripes against this fantasy race.

Episode 87 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Teldrassil" from World of Warcraft and "Elf Wood" from MapleStory)
  • "Grey Havens" from LOTRO
  • "Elf Forest" from Forsaken World
  • "Allemantheia (The City of Truth)" from TERA
  • "High Elf Tomb" from World of Warcraft
  • "Unicorn's Rest (Elven Village)" from Lineage 2
  • "Elven Theme" from Allods Online
  • "Rena's Theme (Hope of the Elven)" from Elsword Online
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Rhyldan" from The Repopulation, "OST" from Fantasy Life, and "Welcome to Rapture" from BioShock
  • Outro ("Rena's Theme")

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_87.mp3
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Jump to hyperspace and turn up the tunes, for Syp is going full-on into Star Control 2's amazing and bizarre soundtrack. It's an oddity among video game scores, even to this day, and much beloved because of it.

Episode 7: Star Control 2

  • Intro
  • "Starbase Commander"
  • "Hyperspace"
  • "Spathi Theme"
  • "Zoq-Fot-Pik Theme"
  • "Slylandro Theme"
  • "Melnorme Theme"
  • Outro ("Yehat Theme")
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_7.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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With all of the unbridled love for World of Warcraft's soundtrack on Battle Bards, historically, you know that we couldn't let a new expansion score go without commentary. In this show, the three co-hosts tackle the weighty and lengthy Legion OST, cherry-picking their favorite tunes and confessing all manner of gaming sins.

Episode 86 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Kingdoms Will Burn" and "Dalaran Dawn")
  • "Anduin"
  • "The Last Stand"
  • "Requiem for the Lost Cities"
  • "Highmountain"
  • "Suramar City"
  • "Totems of the Grizzlemaw Revisited"
  • "Lion's Rest (Canticle of Sacrifice)"
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "America" from Civilization VI, "Tropos (Day)" from Owlboy, and "Me Too" from The Sims 4
  • Outro ("Karazhan 7.1")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_86.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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Syp doesn't hold a monopoly on retro VGM -- far from it! In this episode, he plays a melting pot of listener requests from many eras, platforms, and genres. Want to send in your own requests for a future show? Drop him a line on Twitter @Sypster!

Episode 6: Listener requests! 

  • Intro
  • "Song of the Grid" from Ballblazer (Atari 7800)
  • "Volcanic Stage" from Life Force (NES)
  • "Stage Select" from Mega Man X (SNES)
  • "Scars of Time" from Chrono Cross (PlayStation)
  • "Lemming 2 (Miners and Climbers)" from Lemmings (Amiga)
  • "Intro" from Gods (Amiga)
  • Outro
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_6.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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The desert is calling the Battle Bards, but are they willing to make the trek across these vast wastelands to see if the music is worthwhile or not? Guess co-host Scott joins Syl and Syp for a listen through several desert tracks to see what can be sifted from the sand. Is there treasure below or sun-bleached boredom?

Episode 85 show notes

  • Intro (feat. “Tatooine, the Desert Sands” from Star Wars: The Old Republic and "Desert Wind" from AIKA Online)
  • "Kheshatta" from Age of Conan
  • "Desert Scape" from Aura Kingdom
  • "Sands of the Alik'r" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Desert Fortress Theme" from Cabal 2
  • "Liath Desert B" from Vanguard
  • "Tanaris" from World of Warcraft
  • "Sunset Desert" from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like the most?
  • Jukebox Picks: "Countdown" from Dota 2, "Ryoshima Plains" from Okami, and "Sepiks Redux" from Destiny: Rise of Iron
  • Outro ("Desert Sun" from Ultima X Odyssey)

 

Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_85.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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The name's Syp. Just Syp. And I'm definitely not a super secret agent, nor a covert Russian spy, nor a particularly savvy podcaster. But I do know what I like when it comes to video game music, and 1997's Goldeneye 007 has probably my favorite Nintendo 64 score. It's the perfect soundtrack to all of life's activities, granted that you're infiltrating Cold War-era bases and blowing away scowling terrorists!

Episode 5: Goldeneye 007 (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Main Theme" and "Wrist Clock")
  • "Runway"
  • "Dam"
  • "Chemical Warfare Facility"
  • "Escape from Missile Train"
  • "Elevator Music"
  • "Cradle"
  • Outro (feat. "Main Theme Acapella" by Triforcefilms)
Direct download: Retro_Reprise_Episode_5.mp3
Category:retro reprise -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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