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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.

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.


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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.






Episode 219: Peace and quiet

If anyone's ever told you to "take a chill pill," then the Battle Bards have your full dosage in today's episode. Exploring peaceful and serene tracks from MMORPGs, Syl and Syp find their inner calm -- before the inevitable slaughter. Episode 218 show notes "A Farmer's Life""Dream of Peace""Silverfrost Mountain""Aro to the Sun" from Runes of Magic "Settler's Campsite" from Aion "Serenity" from TERA "Ammon Vale" from World of Warcraft "Shire Nights" from LOTRO "Aquarium" from...


Episode 218: Dungeon Fighter Online

Rock out with your mace out as the Battle Bards crank up the soundtrack to Dungeon Fighter Online. Have we been missing out on the vast bounty of action setpieces? Is there a delightful orchestral soundtrack tucked inside all of this synth noise? Tune in and find out! Episode 218 show notes "Main Theme," "Tower of Despair,""Adios Verrickt""The Seatrain""Character Select"“White Night” “Forgotten Forest Boss” “We Are Desperado”“Alfhlyra Post”"High Score""Trichroma Sunset""Helix...


Episode 217: Legend of Edda

Chances are you've never heard of today's featured MMO -- or its quirky little soundtrack! So why not come along with Syp and Syl to explore Legend of Edda, a now-defunct RPG set in a realm of Greek Mythology? Episode 217 show notes “Ballack's Castle”“Cybele Garden”“Title Theme" "Frigid Valley""Gaiyan Town""Wailing Wall""Kobalos Mines""Silver Lake"“Millick Meadows (Night)”“Drug Store”“Boreas Temple” Talk to the Battle Bards on Twitter!Follow Battle Bards on iTunes, Stitcher, Player.FM,...


Battle Bards Episode 216: FFXIV Before Meteor

While Final Fantasy XIV players won't shut up about A Realm Reborn, it's not often you hear people speaking fondly of the original 1.0 edition. Yet in this episode of Battle Bards, Syp and Syl find something to praise from this era: the Before Meteor soundtrack. Let's rewind the clock and hear the O.G. Eorzea tunes! Episode 216 show notes "Canticle," "Promise of Plunder,""The Rider's Boon""When a Tree Falls" "Navigator's Glory" "Born of the Boughs" "Desert Moon Defied" "Eorzea de...


Battle Bards Episode 215: Lineage W

Maybe you've never heard of Lineage W, a 2021 spin-off of NCsoft's long-running franchise. But after today's Battle Bards episode, you'll have heard it's sweet tunes! Join Syl and Syp as they explore this fantasy soundtrack to see how it stacks up against its amazing ancestors. Episode 215 show notes "Against Odds," "Moment of Peace,""Woodbeck Village""Main Theme" "Elven Forest Village" "Lone Wanderer" "Atoning Elf" "Knight of Faith" "Magician in the Nightmare" "The Crown" "Golden...


Episode 214: Thieves and rogues

You may never see them coming, but when the Battle Bards strike out of the shadows, you'll either find your pocket picked, your fluffy best friend kidnapped, or your life's blood stolen. After all, they learned from the best thieves and rogues in the world! And what kind of music would these robbers identify with? Find out on today's show! Episode 214 show notes "Rogue" "The Holy Land of Assassins""Rogues""The Call of Cyrodiil" from Elder Scrolls Online "Thief Theme" from MapleStory...


Episode 213: Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker

The END(walker) of Final Fantasy XIV came, went, and brought us some excellent music along the way! In this episode of the Battle Bards, Syl and Syp joust back and forth over the tunes from FFXIV's latest expansion. Is it an acquired taste or an instant hit? Let them be the judge! Episode 213 show notes "Opening Cinematic," "Welcome to Our Town,""Black Steel, Cold Embers""Vibrant Voices" "The Nautilus Knoweth" "On Blade's Edge" "The Day Will Come" "Spoken Without End" "Festival of the...


Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood

Battle Bards Episode 212: Elder Scrolls Online Blackwood


Battle Bards Episode 211: Shops and services

When the Battle Bards get loaded up with money and jewels in MMOs, they head back into town for a shopping spree! And if they're shopping, you know they're listening to whatever muzak is piped into these establishments. Syp and Syl listen to the music of shops and services -- and deliver their best to you! Episode 211 show notes "Cash Shop""Shopping Arcade""The Store""The Mystic Forge" from Guild Wars 2 "The Magic Shop" from PlaneShift "Temple of Gold" from Aion "Aesthetician's Theme"...


Battle Bards Episode 210: Warframe

We heard your many requests, and we delivered! The Battle Bards crew is back to explore the final frontier of music in the Warframe soundtrack. From funky ninja fighting tracks to stirring interstellar ballads, Warframe ended up being a fun journey through space, time, and composition. Episode 210 show notes “Fortuna Login," "March of the Moa,""Venus Combat""This is What You Are""Cetus" "KDrive Race Music A""Gene Molds C" “Smiles from Juran""We All Lift Together""Sleeping in the Cold...


Battle Bards Episode 209: Superhero MMOs

When they're not saving the world from bad tunes, the Battle Bards stuff themselves into spandex and try out for sixth-tier superhero teams. Because saving the world is en vogue, don't you know? In today's episode, the crew takes a tour through the music of superhero MMORPGs past, present, and future! Episode 209 show notes (show page, direct download) "Freedom Court""The Rime Woods" "Credits" "Digital Death Dream" from City of Titans "Nightclub District 2" from Marvel Heroes "Funk" from...


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 "Moder v2," "Mountain,""Yagluth""Menu Theme""Entering Valheim""Black Forest""Meadows""Home Base""Plains""Sailing""In the Belly of the Beast""Forest of...


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 "Red Broth""Red Menace""Crimson Cove""Scarlet Raven" from World of Warcraft "Ruby Weapon" from FFXIV "The Scarlet Desert" from EverQuest "Red Land" from Aion "Bloody Ice"...


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 "Main Theme," "A Tropical Getaway,""Sea of Green""March of the Empire" "Operation Northern Wastes" "Legend of Blue Horizon" "A Very Dominion Shade's...


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) "Lana, the Advisor""Origa, Beautiful""Tieve's Theme""Chapel of Love""Endless Affection" from Rohan Online "Votan...


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 "A New World," "Discovery,""Heart of Corruption""Embark" "Cutlass Keys" "Everfall" "Sunset Ballad" "Monarch Bluffs" "Brightwood" "Homeward Bound" George and Minimalistway"Yara Para Todos""Deep Thoughts" "Engineering" "Sea of...


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) “Take the Lead”"Diagon Alley""Track 7""Main Theme" from Order & Chaos Online "Walking" from Pokémon Go "Main...


Battle Bards Episode 202: Silkroad Online

Piggybacking on a historical lifeline, Silkroad Online has enjoyed a long run in the MMORPG market. But how is its music? To find this out, the Battle Bards begin a long trek through desert and rainforest to discover the truth of Silkroad's soundtrack. Episode 202 show notes "Karakorum," "Roc Battle,""Donwhang Cave""Jangan Town" "Togui Village" "Constantinople Town" "Samarkand" "Festival Event" "Alexandria/Egypt Field Delta" "Jupiter Temple" Katriana and Bullwraith"The Finest...


Battle Bards Episode 201: Don't stand in the fire!

Have you stood in the fire? Did you start the fire? Are you on fire at this very moment? Then stop, drop, and roll your way to this episode of the Battle Bards, where the crew put out the flames of music tracks from fire zones, volcanoes, and the like! Episode 201 show notes "Firelight""Molten Core Battle""Flow Like Fire""Desert of Fire" from Aion "Burning Steppes" from World of Warcraft "Sleeping Volcano" from Ragnarok Online "Mt. Hotenow" from Neverwinter "Flame Mountain" from Dragon...


Battle Bards Episode 200: Battle Bards Bicentennial!

Can you believe it? The Battle Bards have hit 200 amazing episodes! Join Steff, Syl, and Syp as they take a victory lap around the field of MMO music, sharing their personal soundtrack discoveries and listeners' favorite tracks. It's a Battle Bards Bicentennial! Episode 200 show notes Reminiscing about the history of Battle Bards "Fields of the Shire"Tempest Bay" Our favorite MMORPG soundtrack discoveries over the past 100 episodes Listeners' favorite tracksOur favorite non-AAA MMO...