Agreed, in part - my argument about “not having played the fight” is pretty dismissive, ultimately, and the same is easy to leverage against many of my own votes. That said…
I still disagree with this point, too - the Dark Souls tracks on their own all fall completely flat for me. I only liked Gwyn’s theme once I had the lore background, for instance, whereas I can immediately draw a case for the general shape and structure of Bloodborne tracks like The First Hunter. Hail the Nightmare is itself an amazing track for me outside of context in part because there is NO known context to it when it’s first encountered in-game.
Obviously there is no objectivity to the emotions we feel from music, which is part of what makes a lot of competitions like this frustrating. It’s very difficult in many cases to understand why someone doesn’t share your experiences with certain pieces - in my case, for example, the realization that Lady Maria’s theme outside of its boss fight is a version of Holst’s Saturn that I always wished existed, something with similar thematic elements (acoustically, mind, not within lore) of time and space, that also created a tension through a faster texture underpinning those moments. In many ways, the specific love I have for Bloodborne’s soundtrack, even out of context, stems from my personal relationship with the Catholic Mass settings that it draws clear inspiration from in its lyrical content and orchestration. It’s nothing new to write 20 Dies Irae segments for a string of boss themes, but Bloodborne’s is the first set to truly sound authentic to me. Dark Souls 3 comes close with the Dancer and Prince Lothric, among a few others, but again the quality of the instrumentation just doesn’t let them stand out to me (and don’t even get me started on that misguided application of harpsichord).
OK I’m cutting myself off I am VERY PASSIONATE about these things and am more than happy to offer a defense of almost any Bloodborne track relative to the rest of Souls, but it’s also impossible for me to convey the depth of emotional experience that the medium of choral-orchestral music has for me.