Album Producer -: Martin O Donnel/ Michael Salvatori
|Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix||Martin O’Donnel/ Steve Vai|
|Blow Me Away||Breaking Benjamin|
|Movements of The Odyssey||Incubus|
1. Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix:
Composer : Martin O’Donnel/ Steve Vai
The “Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix”, the first track on Volume 1, was also released as a free track for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock on the Xbox 360. The sad hollow chorus follows up with the stretching of the electric guitar till the very end. The music is not very specific about the mood of the game, but stays on your mind till you navigate the menus and start the game.
2. Blow Me Away -:
Composer : Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin was enthusiastic about adding their soundtrack to the Halo franchise and did a pretty good job with it. Blow Me Away was originally recorded specifically for Halo 2. Since then the song has been re-released several times, including being released as a single in 2010. An instrumental version of the song can also be heard in Halo 2 during the level “Gravemind”, and excerpts from the song’s intro can also be heard briefly throughout other levels in the game. The hard rock acts as an excellent boost to the fast gameplay of the game. Rated as the best soundtrack for a video game, this gets the review’s top star rating.
3. Movements Of Odyssey -:
Composer : Incubus
Incubus was tapped to produce a suite of music which appears scattered throughout the soundtrack as four movements. Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger said that “Halo is the only video game that ever inspired us to write a whole suite of music”. The 4 movements travel along with you, inspiring, twisting in a medley of soft rock, heavy metal and eerie electronic fusion which continues throughout the 4 movements.
4. Connected -:
Following in the lines of Incubus, Hoobastank came forward to contribute to the game as well. The track is typical Hoobastank material with bold inspiring lyrics, fast chords, enthusiastic vocals and exuding energy. The track highlights unity and strength and provides a background for multiplayer events.
Halo 2 OST is a sort of a mixed bag. It is first in the line of Video Games to feature such a suite of contributions from famous bands. On one side, it features tailor made tracks composed by the likes of Incubus, that propelled it’s sales to more than 10000 copies during it’s release. But the other tracks fail to make much of an impression on the gamer. The main focus is but on the reach of the music to the audience. Inclusion of the tracks above has certainly created a mass appeal and paved way for the rise of Gaming music industry. The first volume of the Halo 2 Original Soundtrack was specifically timed to coincide with the launch of the video game, to cash in on the “Halo effect”; players would go to buy the game and get the soundtrack and other merchandise by association.
The above 4 tracks are the top 4 among the 21 track album, Halo 2 : Vol 1 released on November 9th 2004 .