Beautiful new track from Halo 4.

#1 Edited by big_jon (5723 posts) -

This is by far the best track yet, the beginning of it was in one of the trailers, and I was really excited to hear the full track, well here it is, I think this lives up to the past Halo music for sure.

This song paints such a clear picture of mystery, wonder, and beauty in my mind, it is simply incredible in my eyes.

#2 Posted by Irvandus (2876 posts) -

Whew, was worried when I realized Marty wouldn't be in charge of the music, but everything's going to be A okay.

#3 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (635 posts) -

Alright, before posting this; let me make it clear that I'M NOT a halo-fan. I loved Halo 1 to death; thought it was a brilliant, brilliant game. Halo 2 on the other hand possessed none of the atmosphere that the first game had simply been oozing out. Halo 1 was a fresh take on the genre, and Halo 2 was Halo 1 again. Then Halo 3 was Halo 2 again; and round and round it goes. I simply find myself unable to be excited by Halo at this point as it's lost it's spark (queue game-reference pun). That said, I think the games in the series always had very epic music that certainly made you feel empowered. It felt alien, yet grand and collosal. "I'mma' shoot me some Aliens, and it will be majestic!"

Now I hate to be that duder, man; but this reminds me to schocking degrees of a very dumbed down version of Jonny Greenwood's "Body Song". Or hell, his soundtrack for "Norwegian Wood", or for "There Will Be Blood". I mean, you got a lot of ambient sound; grand orchestral instruements cutting through, and some random shit just thrown in for good measure. It sounds like what you'd expect from a Halo game, and for what it is, it's great; something to set the mood before/after you murder the millionth and fourth covenant but it's been done, and it's been done far, far better. So I can't help but to unfavabourably compare it to soundtracks from games such as Bastion and Superbrothers Swords & Sorcerey EP that truly excelled in the music department to the degree that it became an utterly essential part of the experience.

Now if you like this, good for you, man! Get stoked about that game you're excited for. I personally still play The Starcraft 2 Terran theme on my guitar from time to time; but do explore a few other alternatives; you might find something else that you truly enjoy.

Edit: Before people hurl stuff at me; my personal opinion, you don't have to agree and I don't have to agree with you. I'm allowed an opinion! I am.. Wait, no, put that down.. Why would you.. No, get back.. Get back! NO! GET BACK! Please, I..I.. OH, GOD NO, NOT MY FACE! NOT MY BEAUTIFUL FACE! AAAAARGGHHHH!

#4 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8698 posts) -

Sounds good, just missing the sound effects of Chief punching Elites in the teeth though.

#5 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@TaliciaDragonsong: True.

#6 Edited by DoctorWelch (2774 posts) -

Halo's music has always put shivers down my spine like orchestral music does when it is truly top notch. When it comes to music like this, I really don't think there is any franchise that comes close to Halo.

#7 Posted by Veektarius (4768 posts) -

@Do_The_Manta_Ray: I'm sorry, but there was this gaping chasm in your face, and, well, I thought this baseball bat might plug it up pretty well...

#8 Posted by HistoryInRust (6293 posts) -

Yeah. Halo 4 is going to be good.

#9 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

I don't know, as a dude who is a pretty big fan of previous Halo soundtracks, this didn't do much for me. Then again, I didn't like Reach's soundtrack that much either and my favorite Halo game is ODST so perhaps you should just ignore everything I say!

#10 Posted by pweidman (2323 posts) -

OK..... big_jon, it's your job to make this wait even harder I guess.

#11 Edited by kermoosh (911 posts) -

that was really nice. i love marty but this guy is worthy of being a halo music composer (judging from this one score at the least)

#12 Posted by adam1808 (1448 posts) -

@Cloudenvy: Totally with you. ODST was fantastic for changing up the structure and tone of the Halo series. Of course, CE is seminal and all but ODST was the most interesting risk that series has taken unless Halo 4 pulls something crazy on us

#13 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@Cloudenvy: My Halo soundtrack rankings.

  1. Halo 2
  2. Halo: Reach
  3. Halo CE
  4. Halo 3: ODST
  5. Halo 3
  6. Halo Wars (Still good soundtrack)
#14 Posted by Wheady (106 posts) -

its different for a halo game, but i like it! cant wait to hear the full soundtrack!

#15 Posted by SpartanAmbrose (833 posts) -

Between the campaign/multiplayer footage from E3 and this song, my body is definitely ready for Halo 4.

#16 Posted by Phatmac (5725 posts) -

You should be paid by Microsoft :P Every halo thread or news on here is usually done by you. Anyway I'm liking the soundtrack so far. As much as I love Marty's previous Halo scores, I'm excited to see what Halo 4 can do musically. Also have to say that the sound design so far is great. I usually don't notice it unless it's great.

#17 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Generic slow piano and orchestral work... what's not to love?

#18 Posted by AngelN7 (2970 posts) -

Ehh It's no Marty's work but Is Halo-ish alright , I thought Reach did a great job in closing the best of Halo soundtracks , even though ODST is probably my favorite of the series (the soundtrack not the game).

#19 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@Phatmac: Giantbomb just does not keep up on Halo stuff, I follow the news very closely, so I guess I feel it is my role to keep the duders informed, because I feel I have a small ownership over our community, as we all do, so I need to keep up on my end I guess.

#20 Posted by CouncilorChief (85 posts) -

The track was absolutely beautiful, it wonderfully conveys that sense of foreboding wonder and mystery. He's not Mary O'Donnell, but he's an excellent replacement so far. Now let's just hope the game is as good as its soundtrack.

@Napalm said:

Generic slow piano and orchestral work... what's not to love?

Troll much?

#21 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@CouncilorChief said:

@Napalm said:

Generic slow piano and orchestral work... what's not to love?

Troll much?

Honest much?

I was way more into the space synth stuff that was released with all that concept footage than generic orchestral work that I've heard a million times before.

#22 Posted by CouncilorChief (85 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@CouncilorChief said:

@Napalm said:

Generic slow piano and orchestral work... what's not to love?

Troll much?

Honest much?

I was way more into the space synth stuff that was released with all that concept footage than generic orchestral work that I've heard a million times before.

It's quite clear you have an agenda as you've often posted on a lot of Halo threads.

And yeah, when has it ever been a bad idea to compose ochestra score in sci-fi? From what I remember, popular sci-fi franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek also use an orchestral soundtrack. Its not generic, it's traditional and there is nothing wrong with it.

#23 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3855 posts) -

@big_jon said:

@Cloudenvy: My Halo soundtrack rankings.

  1. Halo 2
  2. Halo: Reach
  3. Halo CE
  4. Halo 3: ODST
  5. Halo 3
  6. Halo Wars (Still good soundtrack)

Good list. Man I love that Reach theme.

Was great getting something different from the main halo theme. I liked the ODST theme but wasn't super kicked on it.

Everything I've heard from 4 sounds really great.

#24 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@CouncilorChief said:

@Napalm said:

I was way more into the space synth stuff that was released with all that concept footage than generic orchestral work that I've heard a million times before.

It's quite clear you have an agenda as you've often posted on a lot of Halo threads.

Says the guy with a Halo avatar, with a Halo username, in a Halo topic.

Seriously. Halo 4 is shaping up to be everything I don't want in a Halo game. I have a different opinion, and you didn't need to reply my original post, so get out of my face.

#25 Edited by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@CouncilorChief said:

@Napalm said:

Generic slow piano and orchestral work... what's not to love?

Troll much?

Honest much?

I was way more into the space synth stuff that was released with all that concept footage than generic orchestral work that I've heard a million times before.

Yeah, generic can be said about virtually anything, that really isn't a very strong criticism.

It is fine that is your opinion but i don't see your point, I think it sounds great, nothing like I have heard before.

#26 Posted by CouncilorChief (85 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@CouncilorChief said:

@Napalm said:

I was way more into the space synth stuff that was released with all that concept footage than generic orchestral work that I've heard a million times before.

It's quite clear you have an agenda as you've often posted on a lot of Halo threads.

Says the guy with a Halo avatar, with a Halo username, in a Halo topic.

Seriously. Halo 4 is shaping up to be everything I don't want in a Halo game. I have a different opinion, and you didn't need to reply my original post, so get out of my face.

There's also a difference between stating an opinion and posting a snide remark that's obviously a flamebait. Even if I do have a Halo username and avatar, it's not my all time video game franchise. I just happen to be a Halo fan.

#27 Edited by zombie2011 (4972 posts) -

Great stuff, but it's a Halo soundtrack so you know it's gonna be awesome. Even ODST which seemed like a side project during Reach, had an amazing soundtrack. Probably my favorite after Halo 2 and Reach.

I hope they have a variation of the Halo theme, it's a numbered Halo game so they have to right?

#28 Posted by CouncilorChief (85 posts) -

@Do_The_Manta_Ray said:

Alright, before posting this; let me make it clear that I'M NOT a halo-fan. I loved Halo 1 to death; thought it was a brilliant, brilliant game. Halo 2 on the other hand possessed none of the atmosphere that the first game had simply been oozing out. Halo 1 was a fresh take on the genre, and Halo 2 was Halo 1 again. Then Halo 3 was Halo 2 again; and round and round it goes. I simply find myself unable to be excited by Halo at this point as it's lost it's spark (queue game-reference pun). That said, I think the games in the series always had very epic music that certainly made you feel empowered. It felt alien, yet grand and collosal. "I'mma' shoot me some Aliens, and it will be majestic!"

Now I hate to be that duder, man; but this reminds me to schocking degrees of a very dumbed down version of Jonny Greenwood's "Body Song". Or hell, his soundtrack for "Norwegian Wood", or for "There Will Be Blood". I mean, you got a lot of ambient sound; grand orchestral instruements cutting through, and some random shit just thrown in for good measure. It sounds like what you'd expect from a Halo game, and for what it is, it's great; something to set the mood before/after you murder the millionth and fourth covenant but it's been done, and it's been done far, far better. So I can't help but to unfavabourably compare it to soundtracks from games such as Bastion and Superbrothers Swords & Sorcerey EP that truly excelled in the music department to the degree that it became an utterly essential part of the experience.

Now if you like this, good for you, man! Get stoked about that game you're excited for. I personally still play The Starcraft 2 Terran theme on my guitar from time to time; but do explore a few other alternatives; you might find something else that you truly enjoy.

Edit: Before people hurl stuff at me; my personal opinion, you don't have to agree and I don't have to agree with you. I'm allowed an opinion! I am.. Wait, no, put that down.. Why would you.. No, get back.. Get back! NO! GET BACK! Please, I..I.. OH, GOD NO, NOT MY FACE! NOT MY BEAUTIFUL FACE! AAAAARGGHHHH!

I disagree with you but I respect your opinion because your criticisms were fair and valid. Therefore, a good example of criticizing Halo without coming off as a troll.

#29 Posted by Tesla (1918 posts) -

I like this track because it doesn't immediately "sound like Halo". Good stuff.

#30 Posted by ch3burashka (5040 posts) -

Eh, super impressed, too slow for my Halo tastes. I want some ba-ba-ba-BUM in my Haloz.

#31 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@TheSouthernDandy said:

@big_jon said:

@Cloudenvy: My Halo soundtrack rankings.

  1. Halo 2
  2. Halo: Reach
  3. Halo CE
  4. Halo 3: ODST
  5. Halo 3
  6. Halo Wars (Still good soundtrack)

Good list. Man I love that Reach theme.

Was great getting something different from the main halo theme. I liked the ODST theme but wasn't super kicked on it.

Everything I've heard from 4 sounds really great.

This is a straight up incredible theme, when I went to PAX I got first question at the Halo universe panel, I got to tell him how amazing I thought Reach's soundtrack was, powerful, emotional, empowering, and sombre.

#32 Posted by Brendan (7753 posts) -

ODST is still my favourite Halo game when it comes to music. Seriously, those nighttime songs were beautiful.

#33 Posted by Lord_X (7 posts) -

Sorry I have to disagree. That track really sucks. While listening I wasn't even trying to compare it to some of the best music I've listened to in video games, and yet I was disappointed.

#34 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@Lord_X said:

Sorry I have to disagree. That track really sucks. While listening I wasn't even trying to compare it to some of the best music I've listened to in video games, and yet I was disappointed.

To each their own, why is this your first post?

#35 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@Do_The_Manta_Ray: I have to ask, do you actually think the Halo is the only game soundtrack I listen to?

#36 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

No monk chants? No likes.

#37 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (635 posts) -

@CouncilorChief: Judging by your name, I'm not surprised you disagree with me, man, haha. That said, thanks for being civil about it, and as I said in my earlier post; to each their own. Halo certainly is a flavour all in it's own, and the fact that the series still remains unique to this day is, ofcourse, complimentary.

@big_jon: No, at first I was simply trying to be friendly and offer you a few suggestions, some similair and some not, that you might enjoy while expressing my opinion. After your response, I actually kinda' do think so; seemed sufficiently petty. Plus you seem to have written something negative to both of the fellas who disagreed with you, so far.

#38 Posted by big_jon (5723 posts) -

@Do_The_Manta_Ray: So asking if you think that I only listen to Halo OST's is petty? lolwut?

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