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, 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, a half-hour podcast showcasing classic VGM from the ’80s and ’90s.


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Forgettable ambient noise or entrancing space sounds? This is the debate that's at the core of today's episode, as the Battle Bards take on EVE Online's beloved and perhaps misunderstood soundtrack. It's a journey that goes far beyond our galaxy to one full of intrigue, industry, and space discotheques!

Episode 115 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Below the Asteroids," "Odyssey," and  "I Saw Your Ship (symphony version")
  • "Akat Mountains"
  • "Minmatar Rock"
  • "Hail to the Explorer"
  • "Theme from Jita"
  • "Red Glowing Dust"
  • "Merchants, Looters, and Ghosts"
  • "The Dealer"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Veon91, Zen Dadaist, KatsPurr
  • Jukebox picks: "Musik 2" from Hotline Miami, "Battlefield One" from Battlefield 1, and "Theories of an Eager Heart" from Planet Coaster
  • Outro (feat. "EVE Fanfest 2013 Theme")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_115.mp3
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Yes officer, these Battle Bards were well above the speed limit and violated many noise complaints in the local neighborhoods. But it was for a good cause, sir! This music from vehicular MMOs is just way too good to keep quiet! What's that? You'll let them go with just a warning? You only know they're going to peel out and look for another score to settle!

Episode 114 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Snowmobile Chase" from The Secret World, "Harmonic Vengeance" from Auto Assault, and "Racing 4 Pinks" from Motor City Online)
  • "Garage" from Crossout
  • "Smuggler Track S Two" from Grand Theft Auto Online
  • "Assault of Fort Harrison" from Auto Assault
  • "Kharkov" from World of Tanks
  • "A2B" from The Crew
  • "My Garage" from Drift City
  • "Redlining" from Motor City Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Scott Rankin and Chillos Smith Jr.
  • Jukebox picks: "Main Theme" from Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, "The Ballad of Doctor Death" from Outlaws, "Free Roaming" from Owlboy
  • Outro (feat. "Beyond the Precipice" from War Thunder)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_114.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Alien, quiet, and weird -- that's the Anarchy Online soundtrack for you in a nutshell. For the first episode of 2018, the ever-contentious Battle Bards are back to quibble about, gush over, and nitpick the score to one of the older sci-fi MMOs on the market today.

Episode 113 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Seascape," "Spiritual Elysium," and "The Cup")
  • "Main Theme"
  • "Majestic Omni"
  • "Omni-Tek Theme"
  • "Ancient Civilizations"
  • "Dungeon Dub"
  • "Shadowlands Battle Music"
  • "Amongst the Trees"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Friendly Necromancer, Katriana, and Rafael
  • Jukebox picks: "Simmering Steeps" from Portal Knights, "I Am Justice" from Diablo III, and "First Light" from Aion
  • Outro (feat. "Open Plains")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_113.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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It's time to take a diversion to play -- and listen -- to the minigames tucked inside of our MMOs! The Battle Bards haul out their last show of 2012 with an eclectic and fun assortment of minigame soundtracks. While minigame-specific music might be hard to hunt down, this trio did their best and are reasonably satisfied with the result. Which is good, because no refunds on this podcast!

Episode 112 show notes 

  • Intro (feat. "Darkmoon Faire" from World of Warcraft, "Artifact Hunt" from Free Realms, and "Sneaky Block" from Trove)
  • "Bonus Stage" from Guild Wars 2
  • "Pet Battles" from World of Warcraft
  • "Triple Triad" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Choo Choo Zoo" from Wizard101
  • "Space Missions (Republic)" from Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • "Pest Control" from RuneScape
  • "Checkers" from Free Realms
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: Skaldrom, Minimalistway, and Rafael12104
  • Jukebox picks: "Temple of the Fist" from FFXIV: Stormblood, "Main Theme" from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and VGMpire
  • Outro (feat. "Jump Rope" from Master X Master)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_112.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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The Battle Bards are always up for a musical bargain, and on today's episode, they'll deliver two MMORPGs for the price of one (sitting)! It's a look at two rather obscure eastern MMOs, Cabal Online and Cabal 2, both of which have some surprisingly good music tucked away. So expand your video game musical horizons with this show!

Episode 111 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Frozen Tower of the Undead" from Cabal 1, "Freii Hills" from Cabal 2, and "Altar of Siena" from Cabal 1)
  • "Green Despair" from Cabal 1
  • "Desert Scream" from Cabal 1
  • "Mission Battle" from Cabal 1
  • "Illusion Castle" from Cabal 1
  • "Forest of Troglo" from Cabal 2
  • "Another Truth" from Cabal 1
  • "Login Screen" from Cabal 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes: @JinxedThought, @Katriana_games, Minimalistway, and George Wilson III
  • Jukebox picks: "Fertile Highlands" from Conan Exiles, Super Marcato Bros., and "Welcome to Amnoon" from Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire
  • Outro ("Luper's Excavation Site" from Cabal 2)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_111.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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The Battle Bards are quite familiar with the power of the strummed guitar and lute, knowing that such simple instruments can bring down walls, devastate armies, and dethrone monarchs. But on their off days, acoustic guitars are simply pleasurable to hear and are sprinkled throughout many a-MMO's soundtrack. It's six-stringed serenity in the 110th episode of this podcast!

Episode 110 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Sunlight of Morning" from Aion, "The Fringes (Daytime)" from FFXIV, and "Hills of the Shire" from LOTRO)
  • "Auf zu neuen Welten" from Drakensang
  • "Firelight" from TERA
  • "Lisbon" from Uncharted Waters Online
  • "Aughaire and Angmar" from LOTRO
  • "Dion Theme" from Lineage II
  • "Pre-Alpha 4" from Shroud of the Avatar
  • "Breeze Island" from Ragnarok 2
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener comments: Rafael12104
  • Jukebox picks: Retro Game Audio, "Emerald Falls" from Revelation Online, and "Main Theme" from Spyro's Adventure
  • Outro
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_110.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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When you've got a club full of penguins overseen by the Mouse House itself, you know things are going to get both wacky and weird! Club Penguin may not be everyone's go-to MMO for music, but its wide array of simplified genres certainly give the Battle Bards a lot to discuss on this week's show.

Episode 109 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Hello Yellow," "Extra Planetary Force," and "Cabin Trails")
  • "Starting Fresh"
  • "Medieval Theme"
  • "Cart Surfer"
  • "Bull's Eye"
  • "Pizza Parlor"
  • "Ocean Voyage"
  • "Rock the Boat"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana_games and Zoward
  • Jukebox picks: "Divine's Lament" from Divinity Original Sin 2, "Inner Light" from Destiny 2, and Level with Emily Reese
  • Outro (feat. "Strange Galaxy")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_109.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Here's a musical episode that you can really sink your teeth into! Your... ear teeth? In any case, the Battle Bards are evaluating our Dark Masters this Halloween season to see which has the best music: vampires or werewolves. It's a sinister, gothic show with several first-time MMO appearances for the podcast, so check it out!

Episode 108 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. "Gilneas" from World of Warcraft, "Werewolf Camp" from Forsaken World, and "Transylvanian Rain" from The Secret World)
  • "Clan (Pride Theme)" from Wolfteam
  • "Werewolf" from Neverwinter
  • "Main Theme" from Requiem
  • "Kindred Village" from Forsaken World
  • "Palace of the Dead Floors" from Final Fantasy XIV
  • "Concordia" from Dark Eden
  • "Hunter's Creed" from Darkfall
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: "No Heaven" from Borderlands, Music Respawn show, "Sanctuary" from Destiny 2
  • Outro ("Cathedral of Eternal Night" from World of Warcraft)
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_108.mp3
Category:battle bards -- posted at: 9:00am EDT
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Find the complete list of our episodes since April 2013 below.

Retro Reprise

 
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29am EDT

After 50 episodes, the Battle Bards have made the brave decision to revisit the hallowed lands of Blade and Soul to look at two of the soundtrack expansions. The team combs through The World and Silverfrost Mountain albums to see what bounty can be harvested. It's another lively episode with plenty of upbeat music, so what are you waiting for?

Episode 107 show notes

  • Intro (feat. "Hammer of the Dog Sorcerer," "The Dreamdrift," and "Hogshead Hamlet")
  • "The Road/Lycandi Foothills"
  • "The Pot Fighter"
  • "Pine Stone Island"
  • "The Stranger"
  • "Forest of Illusions"
  • "Blood Battle"
  • "Pig's Ranch"
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Jukebox picks: The Annotator podcast, "The Old Republic Theme" from Knights of the Old Republic, and "Gremori Dungeon Ver. 1" from Closers Online
  • Outro ("Snowy North")
Direct download: Battle_Bards_Episode_107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT