When it comes to grand orchestral soundtracks, there’s no topping Elden Ring for 2022 games that feature the most dramatic strings, horns, percussions, and Gregorian chanting.
The title theme reflects Elden Ring’s clear tonal shift from the dark, oppressive atmosphere of the Souls games to an epic adventure that’s not without its daunting challenges but ultimately wants to see you basking in glorious triumph.
i mean how can you not get pumped up to start your heroic journey in the lands between after hearing that when you load up the game for the first time
The game pulls off the remarkable feat of making a memorable melody out of this bombastic style that can so easily sound like a cacophony in the heat of the battle with the Godskin Apostle theme:
sure it helps that you fight these assholes multiple times in your 100+ hour playthrough, on top of the repeated attempts because they’re also fucking hard as shit
From Software hasn’t completely distanced itself from the macabre mood of its previous games’ soundtrack, as evidenced by Godrick the Grafted’s theme. It echoes my favorite track in Bloodborne (and in all of From’s games tbh), which is the theme of Ludwig the Accursed/Holy Blade, in its use of sinister strings, big brass and percussive hits, and the 3/4 waltz beat that melds both majesty and madness that the two figures represent.
godrick may be the red-headed step-child of the golden lineage, but he’s got the godliest track of them all
okay that was a lie because the theme of the first elden lord is also sick as hell
Elden Ring Soundtrack OST - Godfrey, First Elden Lord - YouTube
It’s more appropriately dignified in the first half than his desperate and shameless scion’s theme, with the vocals being more pronounced and the strings more stirring. Then there’s the relentless driving sound of the second half that captures the boss’ primal rage finally unshackled.
There are a couple more tracks I want to highlight, but I’ll reserve them for the other End of Year topics where they also showcase how much Elden Ring can create such unforgettable moments with its music.
Also just wanna mention OlliOlli World for its super cool licensed chill-hop/jazztronica soundtrack!
This is the first track that plays whenever you boot up the game, and it couldn’t be any more different than the tone of Elden Ring’s title theme, but it accomplishes the same goal of setting the vibes immediately, and the vibes are, as the kids say, immaculate.
Before I completely flood this topic with YouTube links, I’ll just drop a handful more standout tracks (that I didn’t already mention in my write-up in the What game are you playing thread):