BentoByte is here for the 13th volume of Sunday Sounds. This week, we’re all about getting amped up and prepared for battle, so here are five songs that are sure to get you ready unleash.
Before My Body is Dry (OST 2 Version)
There’s a reason I like this song better than the original. Firstly, it opens up with some heavy guitar riffs and drums, as if preparing you for some grand fight. Then, as the final strings pluck, it evolves into that tune we know and love. However, what sets this apart from the regular version of the song is the precedent it sets and the circumstances surrounding it. A guitar plucks to the lyrics of the verses before a chorus of voices fills out…the chorus. When you think about Kill La Kill, you have to remember that Ryuko was, more or less, a loner. As the series progressed, she gained many friends and allies. So, compared to the original version of the song, this version could be seen as Ryuko finally standing with those she considers friends and allies.
On the Battlefield
Fate/Zero is an anime about a war. So, it stands to reason that the soundtrack would be filled with music that would fill the scene properly. Yuki Kaijura’s composition style can be heard to great extent with the harmonic chorus that sings as the music swells up and down, as if a battle were being waged before our eyes. It sounds solemn but you can feel the aggressiveness as it continues to march forward through the piece. It is a consistent piece of music that fully captures the feeling of the Fate series as a whole: it is an ambiguous war being waged with no clear highs or lows with the only consistency being the aggressive nature of the war as a whole.
Keep on keeping on
Currently, this song is being used as the insert song for the second season of Aldnoah.Zero. No stranger to good music, Hiroyuki Sawano manages to compose a piece of music that fits for a mech anime. The lyrics themselves, sung in English, prove that this song is for a war being waged. However, the nature of the lyrics allude to the plot of the show itself: a war being waged between two parties that do not truly want it. It sounds powerful, but for what reason? During every scene during which this song is played, I always ask myself: why are they fighting? Why do they keep doing this?
This was probably one of the more unique anime openings I’ve heard. angela has always been a band to break boundaries. When I first heard this song, I thought it was going to be mellow all the way through. But after the opening, it quickly picked up and shifted gears before doing so once more into a powerful rallying march. The strong rhythmic march is a call to action, which fits the nature of the show as the characters fight to protect their only home.
Sword Art Online is, pretty much, a household anime at this point. Even if you may not like it, the soundtrack is something to be admired. “Swordland” is one of the more notable pieces of music to be played in the show, being first heard at the end of the first episode of the series. It can be heard repeatedly throughout the show, especially at particular, high-tension moments where the characters have their backs against the wall. The brass instruments highlight this piece of music as they soar over the strings that create an underlying tone of wanted success. Definitely a song to remember.
Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Sunday Sounds. Be sure to come back next week for more music straight to you. Here’s those songs for you one more time:
- Before My Body Is Dry (OST 2 Version) – Hiroyuki Sawano
- On the Battlefield – Yuki Kaijura
- Keep on keeping on – Hiroyuki Sawano
- Sidonia – angela
- Swordland – Yuki Kajura