Jump to content

Main Battle for Azeroth Music Theme: Before the Storm

Recommended Posts


It seems Before the Storm isn't just the pre-expansion novel that sets up the Battle for Azeroth events, but also the main theme for World of Warcraft's seventh expansion! So sit back and enjoy the very atmospheric tune and if you're feeling particularly meta, go ahead and read Before the Storm while listening to Before the Storm for that extra immersion!



Composed and arranged by Glenn Stafford, with additional music by Neal Acree, Sam Cardon, Clint Bajakian, David Arkenstone, and includes classic World of Warcraft themes by Jason Hayes.

So, how would you rank it in the WoW expansion theme pantheon and which one was your favorite?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Honestly? One garbled mess. The first minute was the classic theme with different instruments; from ~1:10 I hear what is supposed to be a mix between WoD and Legion theme(?) and then finally ~1:58 starts the "real" BfA theme, doesn't keep it up for long though.

What follows isn't very thematic and mostly feels like an "ambiance" with heavier undertones. 6:21 FINALLY starts up the BfA theme again, with it kicking off finally at 7:30. But before you can get into it properly, the ambiance starts again.



Solid bottom-tier theme if you ask me. If it had skipped the "look we can put in nostalgic vibes! But we also want to let you hear our new stuff!" concept. If it would - for example - start 1:58 into a smooth transition in the part of 6:21 and let those two parts build up properly, it'd be very good.


This is just a mess.


My two cents.


This is my favorite theme of WoW:


Followed closely by



Yes, they're not THE expansion themes, but they may as well have been.

  • Like 4

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Yridaa said:



Anduin's theme is the BEST THEME in WoW (or should I dare to say one of the best themes ever concieved). I fucking love whenever any song in WoW references it through leimotivs. Even BfA does. And well, this theme itself is a leimotif of the Stormwind theme, so there is that.

To me, at least, whenever I think of a song that represents WoW as a whole, I think of this one. It feels both heroic and nostalgic; as if hearing it allows you to accomplish great things.

Here is a little piece of trivia: "Anduin's Theme" is also known as "A World Divided", which is pretty much what WoW is about: two worlds, two factions.

Whenever I hear the vocal version I get goosebumps and my eyes water. It is that powerful.

Hate Anduin all you want, but he had the most compelling character development of any character in the whole franchise. You see him grow from a whiny little bitch to strong leader. And his theme encapsulates that feeling.


Edited by Valhalen
Lots of thoughts
  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

All this music makes me miss Russel Brower even more. I personally love the Sunwell music. @1:27


  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

but only the first part, you know the part.  The evil military march part.  The rest is meh.  

The first time I heard it in post install it was like the entirety of the scourge army knocking down the gates of Stormwind as I waited to log in.  Perfectly set in the entire expansion.

Edited by PatrickHenry
  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
32 minutes ago, PatrickHenry said:

snipped, just wanted to react with a reply

Every time I see that background, I'm expecting Sindragosa to fly in and do that terrible roar she does every time you logged in during WotLK xpac. The "evil military theme" you're referring to is just the WoW vanilla theme with vocals, perhaps an extra instrument here or there.




The best part about WotLK music was at 1:51 specifically, for me at least. All the sadness of WC3 combined in one melody.


  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Needs more cowbell.
The favorite for me was MoP so far - it definitely wasn't too original since the whole expansion was about trying to copy Eastern arts in general, but they mixed it well with the Warcraft world. Especially the part of the female chorus - still in my head. And not just in music was it great, but in visuals as well - MoP still has one of the most breathtaking sceneries - think of those highly decorated mogu and pandaren buildings! Just go to Guo Lai Halls and look at the walls.
Also liked the music of WotLK and WoD (it was technically the only good thing about WoD).

  • Like 2

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I expected something better after City of Gold track. Tbh i like more WoD theme or track called Times Change. But still MoP main theme was best thing i ever heard. Great mix bettwen classic wow tunes and far east vibes.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Starym
      It seems we're getting a whole lot of Alterac Valley soon, as Classic is getting the 1.12 version in one of the latter content releases and we're getting the special 15th Anniversary edition on live servers in Patch 8.2.5 during the event! Today at midnight CEST there's another Play with the Blues event on the 8.2.5 PTR gathering all Valley enthusiasts and all you have to do is hop on to the PTR and use the Group Finder to jump in!

      You can get the high-rez versions of the two original mounts from the event, which you can check out here as well.
      Play with the Blues (source)
      Tomorrow 12:00 AM CEST, please join us on the 8.2.5 PTR for an old school Alterac Valley Play with the Blues.
      Starting promptly at 3:00 p.m. PDT, Blizzard employees will be testing our 15th Anniversary rendition of AV on the PTR, and you can join us for some strife in the Field of Strife.
      Please log into the PTR by that time and then open your Group Finder (default hotkey: i) and switch to the Player vs. Player tab. You’ll see Alterac Valley waiting for you to join.
      Afterward, please return to this thread with your feedback.
      Thank you!
    • By Stan
      The news image above is fan art created by Dogslug. You can find more of his work here.
      Blizzard mentioned multiple times that they would add Allied Races whenever they fit the story. The Horde's hottest candidates are currently the Vulpera of Vol'dun, even though their story doesn't make a whole lot of sense right now. Recent rumors suggest that Gilgoblins could be in the final pair of Horde Allied Races too.
      The Vulpera currently have too many unique animations, and they are a community-favorite. Pretty much every Horde player wants them to become playable. They're coming, and it's just a matter of when. We think the first set of Allied Races will be introduced in Patch 8.2.5 with the second one coming in Patch 8.3.5. Based on datamining, the Vulpera should be live on or before September 20th. You can find all their customization options here.

      On the other side of the spectrum, the Alliance will get Mechagnomes led by Prince Erazmin of Mechagon, but it's still not clear what the second race will be.

      Lightforged Forsaken led by Calia Menethil are a possibility based on the Before the Storm novel and Calia also received a new model in the initial Patch 8.2.5 build.
      Next up are Gilgoblins! We encounter them in zones like Vashj'ir and Nazjatar in Patch 8.2. They are a species of aquatic goblins created by Hobart Grapplehammer. Gilgoblins are very similar to traditional Goblins. They have various tattoos and fins on their arms to help them swim.

      Gilgoblins are currently not included in the game files as playable races as opposed to Mechagnomes and the Vulpera. They only exist as creatures.

      The female model has more customization options compared to the male model. Would you like to see them become playable in the future?

      We know that Blizzard wants to add more customization options to World of Warcraft, and a recent leak suggests that all Allied Races will become customization options in Patch 9.0 except for the Nightborne and the Vulpera. Let's see what the first set of Allied Races is going to be now that Patch 8.2 should hit Public Test Realms reasonably soon!
      The first set of Allied Races (Mechagnomes/Vulpera) coming in Patch 8.2.5 on or before September 20th. The final set of Allied Races will include Gilgoblins and Lightforged Forsaken (based on the Before the Storm novel) in Patch 8.3.5. We know that Mechagnomes and the Vulpera are coming, but what about the second set of Allied Races?
    • By Stan
      We're one week away from WoW Classic launch. This week, you can get a piece of Heroic Palace armor from the weekly quest.
      Artifact Knowledge will continue to increase until October 1. Queen Azshara nerfs are now live ahead of Classic launch. The Classic development team conducted a Reddit AMA and shared more details about the intended player cap for dungeons and cleared some layering misconceptions. Read our recap of the AMA for a full summary of highlights! Mythic Keystone Affixes
      Fortified Sanguine Quaking Beguiling Weekly Quests
      Collect 36,000 Azerite from Island Expeditions for Azerite for the Alliance & Azerite for the Horde to receive 3,500 Azerite and 1,500 reputation with Honorbound/7th Legion. Complete 4 Mythic BfA Dungeons for Emissary of War to receive a cache which contains a piece of Heroic Eternal Palace gear. Nazjatar World Boss
      Players can kill Wekemara this week for ilvl 415 loot.
      Tidal Lurker's Greathelm Naga Ritualist's Mantle Spitcharged Shoulderguards Chestguard of the Submerged Belt of Rising Guardians Deepcaller's Clasp Serpentskin Splashers Wekemara's Warboots Shockbiter's Fang World Events
      Battle for Azeroth Dungeon Event (August 20th - August 27th)
      Blizzard (Source)
      The Battle for Azeroth Dungeons Bonus Event is underway!
      All week, open Group Finder (default hotkey: I) to queue for any Battle for Azeroth dungeon on Normal or Heroic difficulty.
      Alternatively, get a group of veteran dungeoneers together and travel to one of the Battle for Azeroth dungeons on Mythic difficulty:
      Atal’Dazar Temple of Sethraliss The Underrot The MOTHERLODE!! Freehold Shrine of the Storm Tol Dagor Waycrest Manor Look for the following all week long:
      Chronicler Shoopa in Zuldazar or Chronicler Toopa in Boralus has a quest for you – Emissary of War. Or, if you forget to pick it up there, you can start it within the Adventure Journal. Quest requirement: Complete 4 Battle for Azeroth dungeons on Mythic difficulty. Rewards: One loot box containing a piece of gear from Heroic difficulty The Eternal Palace. Passive bonus: The final boss in each dungeon drop additional loot on all difficulties (except Mythic Keystone difficulties.) EVERY WEEK
      The Bonus Events system consists of a rotating schedule of different activities, currently scheduled to run each week beginning on Tuesdays. Each Bonus Event grants a passive bonus to a particular game activity and offers a once-per-event quest with a noteworthy reward for accomplishing a related goal. The in-game calendar can serve as your one-stop reference for the event schedule. The Adventure Guide also offers a direct link to active Bonus Events, allowing you to easily accept any associated quests.
      PvP Brawl: Arathi Blizzard (August 20th -  August 27th)
      Blizzard (Source)

      Frozen Arathi Basin (Resource Race)
      Put away your bathing suit, pull out your parka, and enter a winter wonderland as the Arathi Basin you know and love gets a fresh coat of ice and snow. You'll be racing your way between the farm, stables, mine, lumberyard, and blacksmith through piles of snow and over a - mostly - frozen lake. One more thing: the weather forecast calls for a bit of fog of war. We hope you're prepared for the weather.
    • By Stan
      Today's hotfixes come with a lot of nerfs to Queen Azshara. Vitality Conduit now correctly transfers health from a target with absorb shields, and more.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Dungeons and Raids
      Azshara’s Eternal Palace Queen Azshara When either Aethenel or Cyranus is slain on Normal, Heroic, or Mythic difficulty, there is now a 3-second delay before the other one gains the Torment buff. Azshara's Indomitable is now summoned 10 seconds later than previously observed on Mythic difficulty. Tidemistresses have 5% less health on Mythic difficulty. Fixed an issue where casting either Moonfire or Regrowth twice in a row while affected by Repeat Performance was not triggering the silence. Fixed a bug on Mythic difficulty where the damage effect from Deferred Sentence could trigger the healing reduction from Obey or Suffer right as the decrees transitioned between each other. Siege of Boralus  Corrected an issue where players’ pets were unable to attack the tentacles during the Viq’Goth encounter. Items
      Heart of Azeroth Vitality Conduit (Essence) correctly transfers health from a target with absorb shields on them. Learning new ranks of Conflict and Strife (Essence) should now properly grant achievements such as Power Up.
    • By Stan
      Artifact Knowledge will continue to increase each week until the week of October 1, according to Blizzard, despite the fact that in previous Seasons, it ended around the twelve-week mark.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Is this being cut off soon? Or are you leaving it on indefinitely?
      It’s been 8 weeks now, and 8.2 kicked off with 4 weeks of AK already calculated into the game, so in theory, we’ve had 12 weeks of AK at this point. AK ended around the 12-week mark in the prior seasons.
      This is an inquiry, I’m not asking that it be cut off. I think they should leave it on, but that wouldn’t fit the prior seasons.
      No to both questions. 🙂
      As things currently stand, Artifact Knowledge will continue to increase each week until the week of October 1.
  • Create New...