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A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The world's first and only MMO music podcast.

Battle Bards Justin Olivetti

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 21 Ratings

A musical journey through MMO soundscapes, Battle Bards reviews and discusses the soundtrack of MMORPGs with a trio of engaging hosts. The world's first and only MMO music podcast.

    Battle Bards Episode 208: Valheim

    Battle Bards Episode 208: Valheim

    Mighty Vikings and meek bards come together to sing the praises of the soundtrack to 2021's smash hit Valheim! Syl does her best to sell us all on the game (and, perhaps occasionally, its soundtrack) as the threesome hack, slash, and plunder the score to see what spoils might be taken back to the homeland.

    Episode 208 show notes


    Intro (feat. "Moder v2," "Mountain," and "Yagluth") "Menu Theme" "Entering Valheim" "Black Forest" "Meadows" "Home Base" "Plains" "Sailing" Which one did we like best? Jukebox Picks: "In the Belly of the Beast" from Deep Rock Galactic, "Forest of Mystery" from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and "Main Theme" from Deathloop Outro (feat. "Eikthyr")
    Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

    • 58 min
    Battle Bards Episode 207: Seeing Red

    Battle Bards Episode 207: Seeing Red

    Have you ever gotten so mad that you literally saw red? Better yet, have you ever heard the color red when you've listened to an MMO's soundtrack? In this episode, the Battle Bards explore the diversity that exists within this singular blood hue. What does red sound like? Find out in this hour!
    Episode 207 show notes 

    Intro (feat. "Red Broth" from Warframe, "Red Menace" from Stargate Worlds, and "Crimson Cove" from City of Heroes) "Scarlet Raven" from World of Warcraft
    "Ruby Weapon" from FFXIV
    "The Scarlet Desert" from EverQuest
    "Red Land" from Aion
    "Bloody Ice" from Cabal Online
    "Red Scar" from Ragnarok Online 2
    "The Morning of Crimson Peak" from Blade and Soul
    Which one did we like best?
    Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Red Dead Redemption, "Will of the Spirits" from Tales of Arise, and "Rain" from The 7th Guest  Outro (feat. "Redwood" from Aion)
    Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

    • 47 min
    Battle Bards Episode 206: Warping back to WildStar

    Battle Bards Episode 206: Warping back to WildStar

    It's been a long, long time since the Battle Bards have ventured down to the surface of Nexus -- at least, as a full episode. Now, it's time to warp back to WildStar! But after having featured this amazing soundtrack so often on the show, are there any good picks left... or just the dregs from a former civilization?
    Episode 206 show notes

    Intro (feat. "Main Theme," "A Tropical Getaway," and "Sea of Green") "March of the Empire"
    "Operation Northern Wastes" 
    "Legend of Blue Horizon" 
    "A Very Dominion Shade's Eve"
    "Clear Skies"
    "From the Ashes" 
    "Grist for the Mill"
    Which one did we like best?
    Listener notes from Friendly Necromancer
    Jukebox Picks: "Main Theme" from Wild West World, "Main Theme" from Metroid Dread, and "Fading Twilight Battle Theme" from Dungeon Encounters
    Outro (feat. "The Malgrave Trail")
    Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

    • 51 min
    Battle Bards Episode 205: Love is in the air

    Battle Bards Episode 205: Love is in the air

    They might not be the most naturally romantic crew at heart, but the Battle Bards have been known to get, er, swoony when love is professed and crushes confessed. In the spirit of love and romance, Steff, Syl, and Syp explore romantic themes in MMORPG soundtracks to see if they can figure out what the heart really wants!
    Episode 205 show notes (show page, direct download)

    Intro (feat. "Lana, the Advisor" from SWTOR, "Origa, Beautiful" from Aion, "Tieve's Theme" from Vindictus, and "Chapel of Love" from EverQuest II) "Endless Affection" from Rohan Online 
    "Votan Romance" from Defiance
    "And Love You Shall Find" from FFXIV
    "Happily Ever After" from FFXI 
    "Love Story" from RuneScape
    "Waltz in the Forest" from Aion
    "Romeo and Juliet" from Mabinogi
    Which one did we like best?
    Listener notes from Katriana
    Jukebox Picks: "FFXIV Remix Medley" by Calico, "Side-Crawler's Dance" from Wonder Boy III (SMS), and "Main Theme" from Square-Enix's Guardians of the Galaxy
    Outro (feat. "Valentione's Day" FFXIV)
    Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

    • 53 min
    Battle Bards Episode 204: New World

    Battle Bards Episode 204: New World

    The MMORPG smash hit of 2021 is now a soundtrack of far-off lands, dangerous vistas, and bewildering secrets. To navigate this New World, the Battle Bards have disembarked onto the shores of this score to see what wonders they can pillage.
    Episode 204 show notes

    Intro (feat. "A New World," "Discovery," and "Heart of Corruption") "Embark"
    "Cutlass Keys"
    "Everfall" 
    "Sunset Ballad"
    "Monarch Bluffs" 
    "Brightwood"
    "Homeward Bound"
    Which one did we like best? Listener notes from George and Minimalistway Jukebox picks: "Yara Para Todos" from Far Cry 6, "Deep Thoughts" from Tales of Crestoria, and "Engineering" from System Shock 2 Outro (feat. "Sea of Trees") Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

    • 53 min
    Battle Bards Episode 203: The music of mobile MMOs

    Battle Bards Episode 203: The music of mobile MMOs

    For this week's episode, the Battle Bards turn their attention to an oft-neglected realm of MMO music -- that of mobile titles. Will Steff walk into a pole while playing Pokemon Go? Will Syl instantly recognize an old musical favorite? Will Syp use the word "cacophony" at least once this hour? You'll have to listen to find out!
    Episode 203 show notes (show page, direct download)

    Intro (feat. “Take the Lead” from AdventureQuest 3D, "Diagon Alley" from Harry Potter Wizards Unite, and "Track 7" from MapleStory M) "Main Theme" from Order & Chaos Online
    "Walking" from Pokémon Go
    "Main Theme" from Another Eden
    "Glish" from Black Desert Mobile
    "Royal Fight" from Mobile Royale 
    "Title Screen" from Epic 7 
    "Airship Theme" from Stella Arcana
    Which one did we like best? Listener notes from Friendly Necromancer Jukebox picks: "Volcano" from The Flintstones SNES, "Dance of Illusions" from Castlevania Symphony of the Night, and "Into the Labyrinth" from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Outro (feat. "Bad Reputation" from Hearthstone) Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter! Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and Pocket Casts! This podcast is produced using copyrighted material according to Fair Use practices as stated under Section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

GothmogMJW ,

Great Podcast

Hi,
Ive been listening to MOP since the start and for some reason never knew about this podcast. I found it a week or so ago and cant stop listening. Your podcast is great.
PS: Azuremyst Isle is my favorite tune in any mmo...

SnipingPhoenix ,

Battle bards

Fantastic and entertaining to listen to! Music is great :)

Beryline ,

Superb and witty

This is a podcast I knew about since its beginning, but never got around to listening to it. I am an idiot for waiting. It is GREAT, and best of all, you can go back and listen to the old episodes whenever - the subject remains timely. You will find their discussions of tracks from MMOs and other games to be hugely entertaining. Whether you are a musician or just play games, their banter about the week's picks and the short excerpts of music bring a new level of enjoyment to your games. Listen to one episode, and you'll be hooked.

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