Vanguard: Saga of Heroes – “Vanguard Main Theme” (Todd Masten)July 29, 2010
Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is a fantasy MMORPG by Sigil Games and published by Sony Online Entertainment. The game has a brilliant orchestral and mostly Celtic soundtrack (with some Egyptian and Middle Eastern references here and there), complete with several lyrical tracks (by a female vocalist, in Gaelic) – and bagpipes! The recording is of excellent quality and the fantasy compositions are full of atmosphere. The limited edition version of the game came with an 18-track soundtrack by Todd Masten (Vigilante 8, Terminus). An excellent soundtrack that is definitely worth the listen.
The “Main Theme” is a dramatic march that clocks in at just under five minutes. The strings dominate this track, their free, floating movement like ocean waves or gusts of wind blowing over great plains. It’s a nice classical piece, with the violins at 1:25 in particular reminiscent of Vivaldi. The choir is introduced in this section at about 2:00, producing an excellent tapestry of light, airy strings and a heavenly choir. At 2:26, the theme transitions to a darker march with piano – the world is full of danger and drama – before returning to the choral section and main theme (now with a flute) for a reprise.