Ogre Battle – “Zenobia’s Grave (A Champion Has Risen)” (arr. DJ K-Wix, Israfel)

July 22, 2010

“Zenobia’s Grave” is one of the few Ogre Battle arranges out there. The piece was arranged by DJ K-Wix and Israfel, two long-time mixers on OCR. For a long time, their arrangement of “Impregnable Defense” from Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen has been one of my favorites from OCReMix due to the intense imagery it evokes of a hard and brutal battle between two armies. The eerie, dynamic choir (described as “apocalyptic” by DJ Pretzel) and discordant, rumbling trumpets with bells makes for a great climactic fight. Pretty cool stuff that’s still good after all these years.

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen – “Zenobia’s Grave (A Champion Has Risen)” (arr. DJ K-Wix, Israfel)

So just who is Zenobia? Well, Zenobia is the name of a kingdom in Zetegenia. It is the origin of a rebellion against the empire (which the player successfully wages). The name can also refer to the King of Zenobia (who the player might eventually become). At any rate, the kingdom was conquered by Empress Endora who put the country under an iron rule. The name certainly conjures visions of a conquered country rising from the ashes as well as the gloomy and haunted barrow of its ruler who must now be avenged.

The original piece was composed by Masaharu Iwata (Shadow Hearts, Odin Sphere).



  1. I want to state that the title of the game, “Ogre Battle – The March of the Black Queen”, was based on two songs by the band Queen from the album Queen II from 1974. The songs are, naturally, “Ogre Battle” and “The March of the Black Queen”.

  2. Oh yeah, I remember that. Yeah, they sure liked Queen, even though the music doesn’t have anything to do with the game đŸ™‚ Kind of like how the makers of Rockman X5 like Guns ‘n Roses.

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