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The world's first & only dedicated MMO music podcast! Jolly talk and soundtrack discussion since 2013, every 2 weeks.

The world's first & only dedicated MMO music podcast! Jolly talk and soundtrack discussion since 2013, every 2 weeks.
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The world's first & only dedicated MMO music podcast! Jolly talk and soundtrack discussion since 2013, every 2 weeks.






Battle Bards Episode 109: Club Penguin

When you've got a club full of penguins overseen by the Mouse House itself, you know things are going to get both wacky and weird! Club Penguin may not be everyone's go-to MMO for music, but its wide array of simplified genres certainly give the Battle Bards a lot to discuss on this week's show. Episode 109 show notes "Hello Yellow,""Extra Planetary Force,""Cabin Trails""Starting Fresh""Medieval Theme""Cart Surfer""Bull's Eye""Pizza Parlor""Ocean Voyage""Rock the Boat""Divine's...

Duration: 00:58:08

Battle Bards Episode 108: Vampires and werewolves

Here's a musical episode that you can really sink your teeth into! Your... ear teeth? In any case, the Battle Bards are evaluating our Dark Masters this Halloween season to see which has the best music: vampires or werewolves. It's a sinister, gothic show with several first-time MMO appearances for the podcast, so check it out! Episode 108 show notes (show page, direct download) "Gilneas""Werewolf Camp""Transylvanian Rain""Clan (Pride Theme)""Werewolf""Main Theme""Kindred...

Duration: 00:54:11

Battle Bards Episode 107: Blade and Soul expansions

After 50 episodes, the Battle Bards have made the brave decision to revisit the hallowed lands of Blade and Soul to look at two of the soundtrack expansions. The team combs through The World and Silverfrost Mountain albums to see what bounty can be harvested. It's another lively episode with plenty of upbeat music, so what are you waiting for? Episode 107 show notes "Hammer of the Dog Sorcerer," "The Dreamdrift,""Hogshead Hamlet""The Road/Lycandi Foothills""The Pot Fighter""Pine Stone...

Duration: 00:49:30

Battle Bards Episode 106: Early access themes

Instead of looking back at MMORPGs this week, the crew of Battle Bards launches forward into early access! What would a show about music from MMOs that aren't even officially out yet be like? We're going to find out in this wild and woolly episode! Episode 106 show notes "Pre-Alpha Music""Main Theme""Rhyldan""Main Theme""Main Theme""Main Theme""Another Story Begins""Main Theme""Bay Theme""Winter is Here""The Wild White Yonder""Main Theme""A Threatin' Zeppelin""True Pirate" Talk to the...

Duration: 00:56:54

Battle Bards Episode 105: Uncharted Waters Online

Set sail for amazing adventure and an assortment of audio discoveries! This week, Cap'n Steff and her lackeys board Uncharted Waters Online to see what bounty this soundtrack holds. It may not be to everyone's liking, but the sea is a fickle mistress that doesn't appeal to everyone! Episode 105 show notes "Login Screen," "Central South America,""Seville""First Voyage""Bar""Forest""East Asian Sea""Russian Empire""American Sea""Caribbean Pirate Song""On The Sands Of Serkonos""The Scent...

Duration: 00:52:01

Battle Bards Episode 104: Something wicked this way comes

And lo, as the Battle Bards walk through the zone of the shadow of death, they will fear no evil, but they will listen to evil's soundtrack because that is what they do! In today's episode, the crew looks at the darker side of MMORPG soundtracks, dwelling in the wicked, the profane, and the deliciously macabre. Also, Syp does his Cookie Monster voice. Episode 104 show notes "In the Darkest Hour""Twilight Vale""Theme""Into the Shadows""Zombie Apocalypse""Eulogy for Hope""Krall...

Duration: 00:58:14

Battle Bards Episode 103: Wurm Online

You think you've heard strange MMORPG soundtracks before, but Wurm Online is about to take you to the odd frontier. With two distinctive soundtracks that skew away from typical composition, Wurm baffles, amuses, and bewitches the Battle Bards in today's show! Episode 103 show notes "Sunrise,""Long Summer,""Traveling""Waking Up""Why You Dive""Abandon the Hill""Flatland Stride""They Wait Back Home""Along the Broken Ridge""Village Work Song""Stormblood Theme""Shipwreck Creek""The Path"...

Duration: 00:54:31

Retro Reprise Episode 12: Offbeat NES music tracks

When it comes to talking about the music from the original NES, everyone seems to always reference the same games. But what about those "other" titles with interesting and memorable soundtracks that get ignored? In today's show, Syp pulls out 10 offbeat NES music tracks that you might have never heard of -- but definitely should! Buckle up, Retro Reprise is about to go off the beaten path and into the wild unknown! Episode 12: Offbeat NES music tracks "Theme""Theme""Coralcola...

Duration: 00:24:55

Battle Bards Episode 102: Pure joy

Is it even possible for pure joy to be derived from MMORPG music? Whether or not, the Battle Bards are going to take a serious stab at it in today's episode! Each piece is hand-picked and home-brewed to distill joy for the listener, coated in sparkling hopes and drizzled with fond memories. No matter what, you're in for an uplifting show! Episode 102 show notes (show page, direct download) "Maple Island 1""Life Abundant""Farm""Village Theme 1""Sunlight of Morning""Plotting Our...

Duration: 00:53:20

Battle Bards Episode 101: Ragnarok Online

As the Battle Bards cruise into their second hundred episodes, it's time to cover a very long-lived fantasy MMO from 2002, Ragnarok Online. The game has an... interesting soundtrack and a devoted following in some circles, but as the crew discovered on today's show, the score is not without its criticisms. It's time to kick summer vacation to the curb and trumpet another parade of MMO music! Episode 101 show notes "Aplen Rose""Theme of Alberta""Theme of Lutie""Splendid Dreams""March...

Duration: 00:59:59

Retro Reprise Episode 11: Top 10 Gameboy tunes

Syp returns to the 8-bit era as he counts down his top 10 favorite Gameboy tunes. It's a harder task than you think, considering how long the system was out and how many great games and soundtracks were created for it! Chances are he'll ignore your favorite, but it'll be a fun show nevertheless with lots of cheery and catchy tracks. What's your favorite? Episode 11: Top 10 Gameboy tunes "Theme""Staff Credits""Town of Albano""Battle of the Holy""Stage 1""Ripe Seeds""Theme""Type B""Tal Tal...

Duration: 00:26:30

Battle Bards Episode 100: Centennial Spectacular!

After four years and over 700 MMORPG music tracks, the Battle Bards have arrived at their 100th show! For this centennial spectacular, Syl, Steff, and Syp reminisce about the most notable shows, their best soundtrack discoveries, and their favorite tracks. This super-sized show gets wrapped up with a bout of listener emails and a promise of another amazing hundred episodes! Episode 100 show notes Favorite Soundtrack Discoveries over the past four yearsFavorite single MMO tracksSegment...

Duration: 02:03:37

Battle Bards Episode 99: Tropical resort

The Battle Bards are on vacation at a tropical beach paradise! In the team's 99th episode, they examine beach, resort, and island music cues from MMORPGs. Can it still be a resort when everything around you is out for murder? As long as the music is this good, who cares? Episode 99 show notes "Maple Island 1"“Castaways”"Starter Beach""Dolphin Island""Costa del Sol""Caribbean Port""Oceania Town""Port BGM""A Tropical Getaway""Run Program""Theme""Oakvale""Palmgil Oasis" Email the Battle...

Duration: 00:58:00

Battle Bards Episode 98: Perfect World International

Perfect World -- it's not just a massive games publisher, it's also an MMORPG! The team at Battle Bards timidly tiptoe into this unknown soundtrack, not sure of what may lurk around the next bend. Is it a pile of suck? An undiscovered gem? Forgettable fluff? We're not going to tell you in the intro here, you'll have to listen along with us to find out! Episode 97 show notes “Rising Tide Theme”"Frostcovered City""Fly With Me/Etherblade City""Archosaur""Plume City""City of Raging...

Duration: 00:56:33

Retro Reprise Episode 10: Final Fantasy adventures

What was originally the swan song -- the "final" game developed -- of Square turned into the studio's flagship franchise that is now in its 30th year. For the return of Retro Reprise, Syl and Syp take a nostalgic journey back through the first nine Final Fantasy games, looking at the music from the NES, SNES, and PlayStation eras. Missing the combat tracks? Stay tuned for part 2 of this series! Episode 10: Final Fantasy adventures "Main Theme""Prelude""Airship""Matoya's Cave""Chocobo...

Duration: 01:04:55

Battle Bards Episode 97: The sound of magic

"Magic can be ANYthing!" The forces of magic run deep within MMORPGs, casting shadows of wonder wherever we look -- and listen. In today's show, Syl sparks a musical revolution as her fellow Bards struggle to rise to the challenge of defining what, exactly, constitutes a "magical" track and evokes that particular feeling. Did we nail it? You'll have to join us for the journey to find out! Episode 97 show notes “The Magic Shop”"The Magic Forest""Ethereal""Crystal Castle""The...

Duration: 00:56:57

Battle Bards Episode 96: SWTOR expansions

"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." With those words, you know you're in for a rollicking good adventure -- and some impressive and spellbinding music to match! On today's episode, the Battle Bards return to Star Wars: The Old Republic to look at the music of the recent expansions. Has the Force been with this MMO's soundtrack? I've got a good feeling about this! Episode 96 show notes (show page, direct download) “Star Wars Main Theme,”"Fallen Empire Main Theme,""Scorpio,...

Duration: 00:58:17

Battle Bards Episode 95: Caverns and caves

Are they music critics or funky spelunkers? Today, the Battle Bards are both as they delve into the secrets of MMORPG cave and cavern music. It may not be a part of these games that you think about muchly, but underground spaces tend to be assigned their own unique sounds and themes. Let's check them out! Episode 95 show notes "Cave of Wonders""Cave of Life""Christmas Caverns""Mysterious Cavern""Misterious Cave""Caverns of Time""Ursa Caverns""Nameless Cave""Memorial Caverns""Kaphras...

Duration: 01:04:54

Battle Bards Episode 94: Drakensang Online

Do you find the German language to be inherently terrifying? Then you're going to love the soundtrack to this German MMORPG! Actually, it's quite lovely and a diamond in the rough, at least according to some of the Battle Bards. Today's episode ventures into territory marked by a drakensang -- a "dragon's song" -- and emerges refreshed and renewed. Episode 94 show notes "Overture," "Where Ignorance Rules""A Glimpse of Atlantis""Opening/River of Time""Fight for...

Duration: 00:59:38

Battle Bards Episode 93: It's a madhouse!

It's taken this long, but the Battle Bards have gone completely and irreversibly insane in the membrane! Today the team cracks open the door of the MMO music funhouse to see what off-kilter, crazy, and manic tunes may be found. WARNING: Once you've entered the asylum, you might find yourself a resident... for life! Episode 93 show notes "Cutely Grotesque and Certifiably Insane""The Dream Palace""Mischief""The Lunatic Court""Woman Peeling Potatoes""Steel Rose""The Vault (Joker's...

Duration: 01:02:43

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