Unlike my previous soundtrack, which was inspired by the zone and its denizens, there’s no “inspiration” in this playlist. Well, I shouldn’t say that. You see, over time and many trips to Warsong Gulch (despite the agony that it can be, it’s still my favourite battleground) I have found myself refining a list of go to songs. It wasn’t intentional, but I feel like I get my “BG mojo” going with these:
1. Stan Bush – The Touch (3:52)
When the countdown to the gates opening begins, I fire this track up. Sure, it’s one of those tracks that fits the idea of fighting, but in the annals of great musical compositions, it won’t win any major debates. A good portion of my love for the song does come from the real Transformers movie, and one of those “emotion-invoking moments” from my youth. I guess it’s just stuck with me over time and transitioned to Warsong.
2. Journey – Wheel In The Sky (4:15)
Separate Ways could have easily made this list as well, as I’m an admitted fan of Journey (though mostly just their Greatest Hits stuff). The strong intro in the same tone as Stan Bush is what drives this one home. I find it to be a great track for the inspiration to make a run at the flag.
3. Heart – Magic Man (2:34)
Ann and Nancy Wilson make the list because, again, I like their music. I probably wouldn’t have included them if not for this fitting track. When it comes to Warsong Gulch, either I am the Magic Man on Elcombe, or I’m trying to kill any Magic Man I see (though in the latter case it’s usually the healer I’ve focused on).
4. Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills (3:50)
For the most part, the lyrics alone are pretty applicable…especially when people start grave camping. I’ve said all along, not my style of play. Doesn’t mean I’m blind to the fact Warsong Gulch involves nothing but going uphill or downhill for the entire fight. Plus, it’s Maiden. To me they’re the epitome of fantasy and warfare. Still disappointed I don’t know anyone who wants to see them here this summer. Anyway, back to the list…
5. Metallica – Wherever I May Roam (6:33)
I considered putting “One” on here, as it’s one of my favourite songs of all time (and there’s actually a recording of me singing it on a cassette in my attic somewhere…). Unfortunately, it doesn’t fit with the rest of what I’ve compiled and it actually doesn’t fit the mood that is Warsong. WIMR, on the other hand, definitely fits the battleground anthem criteria. Again, nearly every track so far has a strong opening that gets the juices pumping. This one’s no different. It keeps the tempo as you keep hopping around the gulch, racking up the honor kills as you defend the flag or regain it from the opposing faction. Or, you know, it just sums up that fool that runs into the middle of the battlefield over and over again.
6. The Black Mages – Other World (3:13)
If you’ve played Final Fantasy X (and if you haven’t, I do recommend it), you remember this track. It was the backdrop for some sports combat, and it fits just as well playing behind your screen as you cast your spells and swing your axe at the opposing faction. Sometimes I’ll spin from this into some Rammstein, but not always.
7. Adema – Immortal (4:06)
Let’s face it, you can’t actually “die” in a battleground. You basically get knocked out and have to come back from the hospital. In the mechanics of an MMO, let alone a battleground, it simply doesn’t have a place. So in some ways, our characters are immortal. Add in a seriously adrenaline building song and you’ve got a recipe for awesome. Oh, and if it sounds familiar to you it was the theme song for Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance.
8. Fozzy – To Kill A Stranger (4:01)
“The battle is won, but will it ever end?” That sums it up, doesn’t it? This is another song clearly written with war in mind, so why wouldn’t I include it. Fozzy is one of those bands you either know or you don’t. Same with their lead singer. I’m just glad I got the chance to hear this song, as it’s a personal favourite and certainly has its place in this playlist.
I find this list is usually good for about two Warsong battles. Sometimes more, and sometimes less. It all depends on the quality of the two player groups. Either way, these are perfect for whoever I decide to take in on behalf of the Horde, or the Alliance. If nothing else, the solid music keeps my sanity when I end up in one of “those” groups. Hope you enjoy it as well.