Wednesday, January 7, 2015

UrbGeek Tunes: Two Steps From Hell

I have always loved film scores. From Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves to Jurassic Park, it has often been the deciding factor whether a film would stay with me or not. Such is the power of a good score. Think Pirates of the Carribean or even the simplistic theme from Jaws (Hans Zimmer, anyone?).

Over the years, I have made a point of looking out for great, timeless epic music and it was on one of these searches last month that I stumbled upon Two Steps From Hell.

If you have even wanted music that is so epic, you can basically picture the scenes in your head, then Two Steps From Hell is not going to disappoint.

Founded by Nick Phoenix and Thomas J Bergensen, TSFH has been providing music for trailers and promos since 2006. Their work has also been used in film scores. To date, TSFH's music has featured in over 1000 trailers!

From full orchestral melodies to tracks with an electronic influence, TSFH have a sound for every mood. Their made their work publicly available in 2010 for the first time and have topped iTunes charts since then.

Their latest album, Battlecry, is due out early this year.

UrbGeek's Top Ten TSFH Tracks

1. Heart of Courage - this is the quintessential movie theme. It is epic and brings to mind scenes of the hero walking toward battle, sword in hand. I absolutely love it. If it sounds familiar, that is because it should. It has been used in many adverts, including the promotional clips for Frozen Planet and The Pacific. It was also used in the trailer for Mass Effect 2. Epic. So, so epic!
2. El Dorado - This speaks of a journey reaching a conclusion. It has a definite Spanish / Latino flair in the beginning and then builds beautifully.
3. Winterspell - Reminds me of Christmas and elves. The fantasy kind with the swords, magic and pointy ears. After a good foray into the World of Warcraft, pretty much anything reminds me of elves these days, though!
4. Protectors of the Earth - This is another one of those battle scene themes, with a great choir accompaniment. I love listening to it while gaming. It brings about a sense of honor. This was used in the Offical Launch Trailer for Mass Effect 3.
5. Strength of a Thousand Men - again, speaks of battle with an amazing female voice joining midway through.
6. For The Win - Again, a great track to listen to while gaming. I imagine it would go own well with a session of Skyim. It has that fantasy feel about it.
7. Dragon Rider - This is a fun, flighty tune. For some reason, it reminds me of 80's TV show themes too.
8. All's Hell It Ends Well - Sci-Fi sounding theme with some Skrillex-like Dubstep kicking in at the end.
9. Black Blade Theme - Because every hero needs a nemesis and this piece fits him perfectly!
10.To Glory - a slightly rock-inspired theme with some great moments.

And just in case you haven't been inspired to try them out yet, I leave you with this, the short version of Heart of Courage:

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