A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The world's first and only MMO music podcast.

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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. Tune in to our bi-weekly show as we share our favorite tunes and argue about whose picks were the best. Occasionally, we will get composers to join us for some exclusive behind the scenes information!

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Before they were podcasters, the Battle Bards trained in sacred monestaries deep in the Chinese mountains, where they learned martial arts and life without wifi. As they tackle the Age of Wushu soundtrack this week, memories flood back of their life as kung fu artists who drifted from town to town, setting right what once was wrong.

Episode 67 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Martial Instance" and "Youyunshiliuzhou")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Chengdu"
  • "Luoyang"
  • "Zhouz"
  • "Lingxiaocheng"
  • "Scholars"
  • "Saibeicaoyuan"
  • Jukebox (feat. "Explore" from Aliens: Colonial Marines, "The Swindle Title" from The Swindle, "Episode 1, Track 1" from Life is Strange)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_67.mp3
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What is this madness? The Battle Bards are taking a daring field trip out of the boundaries of MMO soundtracks to look at some music from MOBAs. Can these battle arenas hold a candle to the sublime scores of their kissing cousins? They can indeed, as this episode proves!

Episode 66 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Demacia Rising" from League of Legends and "Class 5 Leviathan" from Infinite Crisis)
  • "Tidecaller" from League of Legends
  • "Promise (Gaslight Batman's Theme)" from Infinite Crisis
  • "The Battle Begins" from Heroes of the Storm
  • "Quinn and Valor" from League of Legends
  • "This Fight is Mine" from Infinite Crisis
  • "Norse Theme" from SMITE
  • "Lulu and Shaco's Quirky Encounter" from League of Legends
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (feat. "Meet Tiki and Mermaid" from Dragon's Crown, "Main Theme" from Arkham City, and "Player Music 1" from Asheron's Call 2)
  • Outro (feat. "The Curse of the Sad Mummy" from League of Legends)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_66.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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Welcome to the musical apocalypse! In this week's episode, the Battle Bards get their Mad Max on with a trip to the premiere post-apocalyptic MMO, Fallen Earth. It's a combination of western, action, and... "other." What does the wasteland sound like? Find out in this episode!

Episode 65 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Last Call" and "Renewal")
  • "Escape from Hoover Dam"
  • "Blood-Soaked Sunrise (Welcome to the Apocalypse)"
  • "Scouting the Wastes"
  • "Risen Moon"
  • "Thwarting Alec Masters"
  • "Pathfinding"
  • "Survival (They Always Come Back)"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Mail: Ironweakness: what's a cost effective starting point for collecting MMO soundtrack music?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Almere Valley -- Sunlit Forest 3" from Project Copernicus,  "Horseplay" from Red Dead Redemption, "Waiting for Fire" from There Came an Echo)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_65.mp3
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While not every MMO has specific musical cues for its factions and races, many do, and today on Battle Bards the crew shares some of their favorites from over the years! Additionally, the co-hosts will share their favorite races and why Final Fantasy XI is the creepiest MMO everr!

Episode 64 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Capital City (Celtic)" from Age of Empires Online and "Gibberlings" from Allods Online)
  • "The Noble Tauren" from World of Warcraft
  • "Tarutaru Male" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Cutely Grotesque and Certifiably Insane (Chua Theme)" from WildStar
  • "The Bird God Wakes (Chaos)" from Warhammer Online
  • "Baraka Theme" from TERA
  • "Terran Main Theme" from Earth & Beyond
  • "New Conglomerate Theme" from PlanetSide 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Patience Point" from World of Warcraft, "Laidback Thrills" from Battleblock Theater, and "Spring Cleaning" from Don't Starve: Reign of Giants)
  • Outro ("Spore Me" from Myst Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_64.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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With a new World of Warcraft expansion on the horizon, the Battle Bards turn their attention to Warlords of Draenor to see how it stacks up to the rest of the series. The answer? For at least one of the bards, it's the best WoW soundtrack ever. Crank up the volume and get your Orc on, for it's time to go on the musical warpath!

Episode 63 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Malach" and "Shadowmoon Valley")
  • "Wolf at the Gates"
  • "Chieftans Gather"
  • "Family"
  • "Last Light (A Hero's Sacrifice)"
  • "Man Down"
  • "T's Have It"
  • "A Light in the Darkness"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Abadis Forest" from Dust: An Elysian Tail, "Main Theme" from Fallout 4, "EverLand" from Ragnarok Online 2)
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_63.mp3
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Right after the main theme of an MMO, typically the first piece of in-game score you'll hear is a lengthy character creation piece. Today the Battle Bards reroll characters to hear these tunes all over again and decide which of them kept them on those screens a few more minutes than they strictly needed to.

Episode 62 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Character Creation" from DDO and "Into the Unknown" from WildStar)
  • "Character Creation" from Ultima Online
  • "Character Selection" from ArcheAge
  • "Asmodian Theme" from Aion
  • "Character Creation" from Shadowbane
  • "Criminal Theme" from APB
  • "Character Creation" from Black Desert
  • "Character Creation" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox (featuring "Main Theme" from Assassin's Creed 3, "Sunset Tracer" from Tree of Savior,  and "Disco Descent" from Crypt of the Necromancer)
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_62.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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Catapulting themselves into the far future, the Battle Bards survey the post-apocalyptic scene in Firefall and find it... groovy. This week we take a look at Red 5's MMO shooter and its electronic soundtrack to see if there's a future worth hoping for in here or one that has lost all musical taste. Which will it be? You'll have to listen to find out!

Episode 61 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Login Theme 3" and "Tutorial Theme")
  • "Login Theme"
  • "Kanaloa"
  • "Trans-Hub Incursion"
  • "Blackwater Harvester Combat"
  • "Copacabana"
  • "Login Theme 1"
  • "Rescue Mission 4"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Undertale ("Once Upon a Time"), Assasin's Creed ("Black Flag Shanties"), 8/16-bit soundtracks ("Jungle Fight" from Contra)
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_61.mp3
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For our whopping 60th episode, we explore the endless journey of MMOs! So wait, what is this theme really about? According to Syl, "it is all about the rich, multi-faceted, multi-part tracks that tell a story, come with transitions or surprises and have a certain length to allow for that to happen."

Tall order? Sure, but the Battle Bards have never shirked a musical challenge!

Episode 60 show notes

  • Intro (including "Blackburrow" from EverQuest 2 and "Along the Broken Ridge" from Wurm Online)
  • "Oriel Residential" from Aion
  • "Roaming Free" from Lord of the Rings Online
  • "Peace, the Jedi Consular" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "After the Storm" from Lineage II
  • "Combat Hymn" from Anarchy Online
  • "Alas, the Dragon Shall Break" from Elder Scrolls Online
  • "Path of Tears" from World of Warcraft
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Final Fantasy XI ("Autumn Footfalls"), Dear Esther ("Ascension"), Ori and the Blind Forest ("Naru, Embracing the Light")
  • Speakpipe challenge reminder
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_60.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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Haven't played The Crew? You're not alone! Haven't listened to The Crew's soundtrack? Shame on you! Today the Battle Bards take on this driving MMO's score to see if it causes them to put their pedals to the metal... or their heads to their pillows.

Also we got another speakpipe challenge for our regular listeners at the end of this episode - be the first to claim the prize!

Episode 59 show notes

  • Intro (featuring "Takedown" and "Game Over")
  • "Leadfoot"
  • "Backalleys"
  • "Heavy as a Feather"
  • "Introductions"
  • "Outrun"
  • "Dayton"
  • "On Point"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox - "Honor for All" from Dishonored, "Tiny Masterpiece of Evil" from League of Legends, and "Alderaan" from SWTOR
  • Speakpipe Challenge!
  • Outro (“Disband Deed” from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_59.mp3
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Today, the Battle Bards are bringing the beat! It's a whole show about percussion-heavy MMO soundtracks, with far more variety than you would have thought possible. So turn your volume up to 11 and get ready to air drum your heart out!

Episode 58 show notes

  • Intro (featuring “Snowjade Palace” from Blade & Soul and “Rattle Tooth Theme” from Dungeon Runners)
  • "The Warmind" from Destiny
  • "Grand Slam" from WildStar
  • "Manduri Village" from Aion
  • "Secret Garden/The Rap" from Dark Age of Camelot
  • "Crimson Hills" from Aion
  • "March of the Allied Forces" from Final Fantasy XI
  • "Martial Instance" from Age of Wushu
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox: Infinite Crisis ("Promise"), Portal ("Still Alive"), Parodius Da! ("Oh! Japanism")
  • Outro ("Disband Deed" from Wurm Online)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST
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