8 Belly of the Beast
12 Green and Blue
15 To Galaxy
Not sure if it’s considered a leak given that the OST was released in Australia but all of the samples are out and desecration was sent to OST LE purchasers as an apology. I’ll refrain from posting links.
I’ll start off by saying that Halo 4’s music sounds a lot more heroic, virtuous, and electronic. Honestly at first I was disappointed after supporting the samples for so long, though I was listening to the music loudly enough, it was out of in game context, and it’s always better to hear a song more than once to understand it. That being said, Halo 4’s OST is very decent and will hopefully work very well with the in-game. I couldn’t tell which song was the theme song from all the ones I’ve heard though I expected 117 to be it. The monk chants in some of the tracks seem hardly inaudible to nonexistent which was strange to me because of some of the ripped sounds in some of Tridy’s older videos. I’m sure that there will be different variants of some of the tracks ingame so there’s nothing much to worry about. There are also 3 other tracks being released besides Desecration and the original 15, so one of those might be it. I’m looking forward to listening to the theme song. You can definitely hear bits and pieces of the tracks in the original trilogy so there’s nothing to worry if you are a veteran. These tracks should be something that we never forget.
Awakening- This track was just purely beautiful to me. After so much time of Cortana’s suffering and John’s slumber, 5 long years without the Chief is finally coming to an end. The chief is waking up and finally ready to do what spartans do best. Throughout the song I can picture the Chief getting used to his new armor and having brief conversations with Cortana while combating the enemies around him. The second half of the track gets really intense and sounds like Chief has to be really aware of his surroundings but it still sounds peaceful in a sense. I enjoyed the crescendo in the song towards the end of it. well orchestrated and put together piece. Definitely one of my favorites.
Belly of the Beast- This track sounds like it would be the moment when Chief and Cortana are finally being pulled into Requiem and it sounds like the situation is dangerous and unnerving. They don’t know what to expect and neither does the audience. A whole new strange world is upon us and there are certainly dangers that lie ahead. Though I’m sure many people figured that by the title of the track. The ending sounds really dramatic so we can all assume that they also crash on the planet and have to brace for impact. This is also given in the concept art trailer from earlier this year and even the cover art for the game.
Requiem- Definitely invokes a feeling of mystery and instantly makes you ask, “where are we?”. Then the experience gets very forerunner, kind of metallic and electronic. The best part of the song rolls in in the middle where it seems like you are basically looking upon all of Requiem. Such a beautiful new planet, it’s awesome(in the more formal sense). Then the tone dips a bit, feels like Chief had his moment to bask and now he has to move on to more important matters. A very spartan like thing to do but no problem. The track is great, I’ll definitely enjoy entering Requiem ingame. It’ll be very nostalgic, like in Halo 1 when you land on the Halo.
Legacy- Hard song to interpret. Though I feel that it should of been re-titled, Prophecy but I have no idea when it’ll play ingame. I say, Prophecy because it feels like you are discovering something new, about yourself or about the humans and the forerunners. Though when you think really deep into it, Legacy is a fitting name. Learning about the legacy of humans and the burden you carry on your shoulders now. The track is alright but it feels like it can only be an ingame moment. Outside of the game, it just wouldn’t fit at all.
Nemesis- Nice build up, feels like your “Nemesis” is always creeping around the corner and when he appears -BOOM- you don’t know how to react. Though, I’m sure this song will pop up multiple times in the game. Whether it is referring to Jul or the Didact is something that we’ll have to find out. The track itself is very powerful and seems to carry a lot of anger behind it and considering that the Didact may not appear as much as Jul I’ll say it’s more fitting for Jul. This is one of those tracks that will sound amazing the first and last time you hear it ingame.
Faithless- Another favorite track of mine. As some have suggested, this may apply to Master Chief. As we know it, Master Chief is the only spartan II aboard the Infinity, while he may have iinspired Lasky, he’s not on great terms with Del Rio who seems him and Cortana as an “aging spartan and his malfunctioning AI”. The track itself seems very daring and something that you never thought would of happened ever occurs. After the “heat of the moment” passes the song gets dull as if a fight scene had ended. Then it gets adventurous as if Master Chief is on his own, walking away from the Infinity and exploring Requiem some more, only because of what he thinks is right. Speaking of it, I was actually surprised that there was not a song titled, Infinity.
Haven- The track is one of my least favorite tracks in the game, but that’s my personality. Sounds like a track that plays in the BG of a conversation or briefing. It has a very ambient touch to it and has the potential to be emotionally powerful based on the “bursts” in the song. The piano playing in it is a nice touch. Some may find this song to be nostalgic and beautiful, which it is in my opinion. You can also hear the relation between this and the great remix of it. The best part of the song comes in at the end. It starts off slow, but patience is a virtue.
Ascendancy- Oh, Ascendancy. Another great track it may not have much to offer on the feels table, but it is very upbeat and I like the electronic feel to it. This is just the perfect fight music to start off any action scene in the game. I can’t wait to kill promies while listening to this. It gets very serious near the end. You can hear the resemblance between it and the Caspa remix. Very much like ODST and Reach’s music if you ask me. I just love the build up to towards the end of the song.
Solace- Very emotional song, the slow playing piano adds to the “sad” feel of the song. The string instruments just scream “This song will make you cry like a b#$%”. The song is just amazing and sounds like it has a few smiles near the end. Kind of like a happy anime ending or in a Disney/Pixar movie where it goes from Happy - tragic - Happy. Yes, I just compared Halo music to Pixar music, fight me. This is a great track and definitely another favorite.
To Galaxy- I’ve heard so many iterations of this song and even a nice 8 bit version. It was just orgasmic to hear this play. After hearing it so much, the song dulled down over time, but still a great track. I honestly have no idea how this will be used in game. People have thought it to be the theme song, but I’m not so sure. It’s truly amazing another favorite.