And you also use some really awesome music. I already had CraZe, but now I need to go check out Clearing the Sky and author! Highly addicting and a lot of fun!
This is amazing. I have no other words for it.
As for the songs... good grief, it's going to take me a few loops. I definitely hear bits of oooh.. I want to say that's either Temporary Alliances and possibly Doomhammer's Legacy, with perhaps a touch of either Arcane Echoes or Carrion Waves to enhance the treble, though I also hear a touch of Bloodlust in there as well. The melody overlay is Bloodlust with touches of Temporary Alliances I think. I'm probably missing hint of Arrival at Kalimdor though; those are the only Horde focused tracks I know in WCIII, other than bits of the Cinematics.
And watch, I'm probably way off the mark. Shows how recently I've listened to THAT soundtrack...
Considering the remakes of this theme that Blizzard themselves did (Thrall's unofficial Theme in WCIII, then again on the WoW soundtrack as an exclusive track, and then again in BC's Escape from Durnholde dungeon), this original track saw a lot of remixing and remastering love.
But no one went back to the very root track and brought it up to speed. This does a fantastic job in doing that. This was my favorite theme from WCII, and while I was happy it resurfaced in WCIII and then again in WoW, none were the original. Even now, with Pokemon, WoW edition (*cough* er.. I mean Pet Battles, sorry), where they use some of the WCI and WCII raw tracks, they didn't do anything to it - if they had done what you'd done here with the orchestration, I think it would have kept the quality we expect from the modern Warcraft, while staying true to the nostalgia of the original track.
Very nicely done - I did hear a couple of note misses, but it actually, for me, added to the atmosphere of the song - I could see someone sitting at a grand piano, preferably that stereotype "mad pianist" with the shoulder-length, fly-away hair, pouring their heart and soul into this.
Especially after Wrath of the Lich King, Stormwind has been a bag of mixed emotions - sadness, anger, tension waiting to lash out at the first possible moment. The military calm of the theme is turned loose and wild the way you've portrayed it, throwing that calm aside and digging into those emotions.
It's such a short theme, but you managed to make it feel a lot longer with its epicness.
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