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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!

 

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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?

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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.

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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.

 

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

And...THIS!

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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.

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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.

 

I STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES.

 

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

 

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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).

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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.

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