Halo 4 soundtrack is up!

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#1 Edited by big_jon (5730 posts) -
#2 Edited by NTM (7382 posts) -

Yeah, I'm downloading the full soundtrack right now. There's an hour left. I'm kind of excited to hear it. I'm listening to Skyfall right now which is OK, and has nothing to do with Halo ha ha. Anyways, awesome! At first, I wasn't so sure about having Neil Davidge do it because of his past works and most of the time it sounding pretty generic, but I like giving everyone a chance when it comes to music on games that come from another place such as film or simply a band and I hope in the final game it brings me into the experience. I think I'm going to put up a Halo 4 wallpaper now. Furthermore, I agree entirely with you about the intensity.

#3 Edited by GunstarRed (5189 posts) -

I'm going to give it a listen. the four or so tracks that have been around for a while are wonderful.

Edit - Wow it is gorgeous. 117 is the most Halo-like of all tracks, it feels a whole lot more film-y than previous Halo soundtracks. Green and Blue is really pretty. I was convinced there wouldn't be another score as amazing as Journey's this year, but this is right up there. Mega excited to play this game.

#4 Edited by NTM (7382 posts) -
#5 Posted by pickassoreborn (525 posts) -

Very excited to hear the soundtrack although I'll wait until I hear it when I play the game in full - I'll download the music when I'm done with the game :)

I know Neil Davidage mentioned in that 343 doc about being respectful to the music of the past Halos - plus he's a huge fan of the other games. So yep, excited.

#6 Edited by Tru3_Blu3 (3205 posts) -

@NTM said:

Hey, there's another spartan in Halo 4!?

http://stickskills.com/omega/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/infinity_lasky_03.jpg

Also, it says "lasky" in the link. Could that mean the characters from Forward Unto Dawn are in this? I'm listening to the full soundtrack now, and it's really quite wonderful. I'm on Legacy, and it has some nice vocals.

Yeah, apparently there are Sparten-4s. Lasky is in Halo 4 and I'm guessing he's also a Spartan-4 himself.

(That's a lot of 4's in one sentence.)

#7 Posted by NTM (7382 posts) -

@Tru3_Blu3: Really? That's... CRAZY! Now I'm really excited to see where Forward Unto Dawn is going. I didn't really get a good idea on what the timeline is when comparing Halo 4 to those episodes. How many years before is it?

#8 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

Sounds a lot more alien and weird than the older tunes. I like it. Reminds me of Metroid Prime.

#9 Posted by Encephalon (1262 posts) -

I like 117.

#10 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3205 posts) -

@NTM said:

@Tru3_Blu3: Really? That's... CRAZY! Now I'm really excited to see where Forward Unto Dawn is going. I didn't really get a good idea on what the timeline is when comparing Halo 4 to those episodes. How many years before is it?

I think Forward Unto Dawn takes place 20-25 years before Halo Reach, right when The Covenant attacked Harvest.

#11 Posted by Nilazz (613 posts) -

Sweet! :)

#12 Posted by zombie2011 (4973 posts) -

117 is my favorite so far, but i've only listened to about about 5 of the tracks.

#13 Posted by NTM (7382 posts) -

@Tru3_Blu3: Oh, makes sense. Alright, thanks.

#14 Posted by csl316 (8690 posts) -
@Tru3_Blu3

@NTM said:

@Tru3_Blu3: Really? That's... CRAZY! Now I'm really excited to see where Forward Unto Dawn is going. I didn't really get a good idea on what the timeline is when comparing Halo 4 to those episodes. How many years before is it?

I think Forward Unto Dawn takes place 20-25 years before Halo Reach, right when The Covenant attacked Harvest.

Sounds about right. I think the Covenant war started 27 years before the main trilogy. Looked it up during the Halo stream so I don't remember exactly.
#15 Posted by big_jon (5730 posts) -

I am really glad to hear that so many people are enjoying Forward Unto Dawn and the soundtrack.

#16 Posted by HistoryInRust (6316 posts) -

The soundtrack is so fucking good. Wow.

#17 Posted by Village_Guy (2579 posts) -

Really really good. God damn it Halo! Why do you keep tormenting me with your awesomeness?!

#18 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

I've been listening to some of the tracks and it sure is load and sweeping; very good. That said, it feels a bit disjointed and seems to be missing some of the leitmotifs joining previous Halo soundtracks together. Still, I look forward to experience this music in the game.

#19 Posted by Teoball (607 posts) -

I really like Arrival and 117. I'm sure the other tracks works fine in the game, but they aren't really something I can listen to in my car for example.

#20 Posted by AuthenticM (3732 posts) -

What's the main theme ? Is it "To Galaxy" ?

#21 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

@AuthenticM said:

What's the main theme ? Is it "To Galaxy" ?

Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. 'To Galaxy' sounds like the one with the most main theme potential. I think the new music is cool but I just kinda miss the old Halo sound.

#22 Posted by AuthenticM (3732 posts) -

@RVonE: The main Halo theme is very iconic, for sure, but we have to understand that 343 is trying to distant themselves to some extent from Bungie while trying to make a game of their own. I respect that. They are going to far as to banning the color purple from the game entirely. If I were the guy at the helm of this new trilogy, I would not reuse any piece of music or anything associated with the previous games. I wouldn't until a key moment towards the ending of Halo 6 where I would drop the motherload that is the Halo theme that we all know and love. People would flip the fuck out.

#23 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

@AuthenticM said:

@RVonE: The main Halo theme is very iconic, for sure, but we have to understand that 343 is trying to distant themselves to some extent from Bungie while trying to make a game of their own. I respect that. They are going to far as to banning the color purple from the game entirely. If I were the guy at the helm of this new trilogy, I would not reuse any piece of music or anything associated with the previous games. I wouldn't until a key moment towards the ending of Halo 6 where I would drop the motherload that is the Halo theme that we all know and love. People would flip the fuck out.

Hmmm yeah, good point. Still, I've listened to this soundtrack in its entirety a couple of times now and I'm kinda worried about the lack of anything really distinguishing it from what's out there. I have not yet found that piece of music on this soundtrack that instantly grabs your attention and could become that iconic thing, you know? There are some nods here and there to the old scores but there isn't really anything in their place, or so I feel. Then again, I can totally picture this music working well with any Halo game, I just wish there was something non-generic to latch onto as a listener.

#24 Posted by rudeboy33 (2 posts) -
#25 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4679 posts) -

Is it still Marty O'donnell doing the music? I don't want to listen to the songs before playing the game.

#26 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan: No, it's by Neil Davidge so the musical style is completely different.

#27 Posted by Hector (3365 posts) -

I freaking love the Halo 4 soundtrack. Halo is in good hands! Great job Neil Davidge and 343i!

#28 Posted by mrfluke (5160 posts) -

117 and the first bit of revival are my favorites

#29 Posted by JeanLuc (3585 posts) -

Good stuff but I feel like I need to hear it in the game in the proper context to fully appreciate it.

#30 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

I kind of like what's going on on 'Legacy'.

#31 Posted by HatKing (5953 posts) -

Any Breaking Benjamin?

#32 Posted by mrfluke (5160 posts) -

@HatKing: thankfully not

#33 Posted by big_jon (5730 posts) -

@RVonE said:

@AuthenticM said:

What's the main theme ? Is it "To Galaxy" ?

Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. 'To Galaxy' sounds like the one with the most main theme potential. I think the new music is cool but I just kinda miss the old Halo sound.

It is not on the sound track though it sounds a lot like legacy.

#34 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

@big_jon: Cool, I like that track.

#35 Posted by big_jon (5730 posts) -

Listening to the soundtrack I have a bad feeling I know where this game is going, needless to say I think it will be an emotional experience.

#36 Edited by TheSouthernDandy (3872 posts) -

I don't wanna get this until I play the game, but the few on here are great. Immaterial is amazing. Oh man I can't believe how excited I am for this game, and I say that as a big Halo fan.

EDIT: Sweet jebus I just clued in that it's the same dude who produced Heligoland, one of the best Massive Attack albums. HNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGokimbuyingthis

#37 Posted by big_jon (5730 posts) -

Some bonus tracks.

#38 Edited by Cronus42 (275 posts) -

@csl316 said:

@Tru3_Blu3

@NTM said:

@Tru3_Blu3: Really? That's... CRAZY! Now I'm really excited to see where Forward Unto Dawn is going. I didn't really get a good idea on what the timeline is when comparing Halo 4 to those episodes. How many years before is it?

I think Forward Unto Dawn takes place 20-25 years before Halo Reach, right when The Covenant attacked Harvest.

Sounds about right. I think the Covenant war started 27 years before the main trilogy. Looked it up during the Halo stream so I don't remember exactly.

Sorry to disappoint guys, don't think Laskey is a spartan IV, The comander in Episode 1 who finds the Forward Unto Dawn is older Laskey. Meaning hes probably on/ commanding the Infinity

Anyway on topic, this all sounds incredible. Maybe not as old school Halo-ey, but man is it good.

#39 Posted by csl316 (8690 posts) -
@Cronus42

@csl316 said:

@Tru3_Blu3

@NTM said:

@Tru3_Blu3: Really? That's... CRAZY! Now I'm really excited to see where Forward Unto Dawn is going. I didn't really get a good idea on what the timeline is when comparing Halo 4 to those episodes. How many years before is it?

I think Forward Unto Dawn takes place 20-25 years before Halo Reach, right when The Covenant attacked Harvest.

Sounds about right. I think the Covenant war started 27 years before the main trilogy. Looked it up during the Halo stream so I don't remember exactly.

Sorry to disappoint guys, don't think Laskey is a spartan IV, The comander in Episode 1 who finds the Forward Unto Dawn is older Laskey. Meaning hes probably on/ commanding the Infinity

Anyway on topic, this all sounds incredible. Maybe not as old school Halo-ey, but man is it good.

Oh, neat. Didn't make the connection since I didn't know who Laskey was, but they clearly say it.
#40 Posted by Rawrz (590 posts) -

I was pretty skeptical about a Martyless Halo soundtrack but this soundtrack turned out pretty damn great. Its quite different and has more of a movie feel to it, though it did make me miss the monk chants and classic tribal drums.

#41 Edited by stenchlord (233 posts) -

Arrival really sounds like something I've heard before. It's one of those it's definitely different but it somehow reminds me of something...

EDIT: Enemy at the Gates. Very different songs but Arrival reminded me of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHIsaBn4kio

#42 Posted by NTM (7382 posts) -

@Cronus42 said:

@csl316 said:

@Tru3_Blu3

@NTM said:

@Tru3_Blu3: Really? That's... CRAZY! Now I'm really excited to see where Forward Unto Dawn is going. I didn't really get a good idea on what the timeline is when comparing Halo 4 to those episodes. How many years before is it?

I think Forward Unto Dawn takes place 20-25 years before Halo Reach, right when The Covenant attacked Harvest.

Sounds about right. I think the Covenant war started 27 years before the main trilogy. Looked it up during the Halo stream so I don't remember exactly.

Sorry to disappoint guys, don't think Laskey is a spartan IV, The comander in Episode 1 who finds the Forward Unto Dawn is older Laskey. Meaning hes probably on/ commanding the Infinity

Anyway on topic, this all sounds incredible. Maybe not as old school Halo-ey, but man is it good.

Whether it's him or not, it makes no difference really when it comes to disappointment for me. I just think it's interesting if it were him, if it's not, then OK.

#43 Posted by murisan (1119 posts) -

@NTM said:

@Cronus42 said:

@csl316 said:

@Tru3_Blu3

@NTM said:

@Tru3_Blu3: Really? That's... CRAZY! Now I'm really excited to see where Forward Unto Dawn is going. I didn't really get a good idea on what the timeline is when comparing Halo 4 to those episodes. How many years before is it?

I think Forward Unto Dawn takes place 20-25 years before Halo Reach, right when The Covenant attacked Harvest.

Sounds about right. I think the Covenant war started 27 years before the main trilogy. Looked it up during the Halo stream so I don't remember exactly.

Sorry to disappoint guys, don't think Laskey is a spartan IV, The comander in Episode 1 who finds the Forward Unto Dawn is older Laskey. Meaning hes probably on/ commanding the Infinity

Anyway on topic, this all sounds incredible. Maybe not as old school Halo-ey, but man is it good.

Whether it's him or not, it makes no difference really when it comes to disappointment for me. I just think it's interesting if it were him, if it's not, then OK.

Wait, who are you guys talking about in that screenshot? Isn't the woman in the armor a Spartan?

#44 Posted by NTM (7382 posts) -

@murisan: To be honest, I'm not sure. I'm guessing the guy on the right because he looks more important than the other. We're not talking about the Spartan woman.

#45 Edited by big_jon (5730 posts) -

@NTM: @murisan: Her name is Commander Palmer, she is a Spartan 4, the commander of the Spartans aboard the USS Infinity. Lasky is not a Spartan, though he is a high ranking officer aboard the Infinity.

#46 Posted by Scrawnto (2450 posts) -

@RVonE said:

@ImmortalSaiyan: No, it's by Neil Davidge so the musical style is completely different.

Huh, I thought he was, but I must have been thinking of Frank O'Conner. I'll have to give this a listen.

#47 Posted by Skyfire543 (691 posts) -

This is all I need.

#48 Posted by DharmaBum (1049 posts) -

@Skyfire543: mad Halo 3 menu nostalgia <3

#49 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -

@Skyfire543: SO GOOD!!

#50 Posted by Agent47CSim2 (1085 posts) -

@Skyfire543: there's a remix of it in halo 4 but for some reason Microsoft have removed it, I belive Niel Dvaidge himself has said it's in there, you can hear it over the top of this video and Ducain talks about it at the start http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__ST3Ph1OG4&feature=plcp

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