1. Triumphant Will
I'm going to start here because I assume that this is the main theme for the expansion. One thing that's quickly apparent with these tracks is that many of them were made with a synthetic orchestra (vs. Rohan's live one), although I would vouch for a few tunes like Triumphant Will having real instruments.
Either way, it's a fairly rousing tune that's slightly in the vein of Rohan's LOTRO
Legacy track. It's a call to arms and to action, and one can easily imagine an army on horseback charging across fields while this plays on the soundtrack. I'm less-than-enchanted with the vocal elements; maybe it's just me, but they seem a little forced and fake.
2. Evil Invades
Sometimes dark and ominous can actually be kind of... fun. Evil Invades may sound like a sinister track with more noise than melody, but that's not the case. There's some passionate guitar work and other heavy-handed instruments laying down a relentless beat. Evil may be coming, but at least it's doing so in style.
3. Dark Strike
Stick out the boring opening notes because gradually this tune develops into a quietly chilling piece that's worth hearing. Again, I like the guitar (which stays firmly in the background) but not so much the artificial choir. It's a tune that's long on foreboding and tension, that's for sure.
4. Rebuilding Loss
Am I crazy or does this sound a little like what you'd find in a spaghetti western? It certainly sounds like it to me. The longer this song goes on, the more I grow to like it. You can hear that hope come through as the title suggests, the dawn of a new day. So saddle up, pard'ner!
5. Tavern Lore
I'm so happy that Helm's Deep i
ncluded a trio of tavern tracks. LotRO's
been well-known for its tavern ditties, and this one in particular stacks up with the best that the Shire has to offer. This is just such a serene piece that puts me in the mindset of a roaring fireplace and a good pint of ale.
This track has "movie action scene" written all over it. I can't stop jiggling my leg when I listen to it, especially after it picks up. Aw yeah, you just know something awesome's going to happen after a score like this. Ride forth, and so on!
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