Guilty Gear Strive is absolutely STACKED with hard rock and heavy metal bangers of all shapes and sizes. You want epic prog? You got it. Thrash? Yep. Badass dad rock? Hell yeah. Sugary sweet pop? TOTSUGEKI!!!
Here’s five of my favorites
The latest song added to the pack, Drift is all over the damn place. It’s got a little swing, a little psych, a little math rock, it’s a trip. And also, I think, a sign of learned lessons from the ost’s previous prog attempt "Necessary Discrepancy, which is also great, but just a little long winded. Drift feels much more direct, without sacrificing experimentation
Disaster of Passion
Some like to clown on this song for how superficially “kawaii” it is, and because May players are the DEVIL, but the simple fact is that it goes incredibly hard. Listen to that rhythm section and tell me it doesn’t immediately make you want to run a marathon.
Find Your One Way
The music of GG’s poster child, Sol Badguy, and the theme of the double perfect round. This is pure, distilled, giga-chad shit. And it’s funky as fuck too, which doesn’t hurt.
Play The Hero
Look, if this doesn’t make you immediately start moshing, then I just don’t know what to tell ya
The Kiss of Death
When I was recently listening to the entire soundtrack in sequence, I was wondering if Goldlewis’ music would hold up against the rest given its relative simplicity and the thoroughly “bar-rock” vibes. My fears were immediately sated when I started it. The giant bass, those stomping drums, the SICK guitar work, it’s all great. This is also the song that epitomizes the soundtrack’s ability to explain what its characters are all about. Obviously, I’m quite biased because GLD is my main, but y’know what this song sounds like to me? Inevitability. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, the same fate awaits you; getting absolutely bodied by a giant metal coffin