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shivam
11-04-2010, 12:21 AM
Ok, i made this thread just because i really really wanted to link to the Ur Quan theme from Star Control II. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VNul2QETPE)

It's just...every time this track pops up on my itunes or ipod at random, it's jolting and disconcerting and terror inducing. Absolutely the most martial, evil music i've ever heard in a video game. it just makes you think of legions of nightmare soldiers waiting for the order to destroy your life, civilization, and puny existence, unless you submit to eternal slavery.

(this is also the music i hear when i think of the seanchan from wheel of time)

What you got?

Flint Ironstag
11-04-2010, 12:24 AM
Thardus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW8JAesL9PE)

Kishi
11-04-2010, 12:25 AM
The most I've ever been frightened by a game is in Silent Hill 2, walking down a long, narrow hallway in Brookhaven Hospital. Nothing popped out at me for a cheap scare, nor could I see much of anything at all. But I could hear those nurses shuffling in the darkness beyond my flashlight, and those drums (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfmgGMpco-o&fmt=18) building to a fever pitch as I drew inexorably closer drew out an unforgettably primal sense of urgency and panic within me.



Sound design!


Also!


Thardus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW8JAesL9PE)

That reminds me: I was legitimately uncomfortable with the Heat Visor sequence in Metroid Prime, and much of it had to do with the frantic terror of this track (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdebQ-y15Dg).

mopinks
11-04-2010, 12:31 AM
I've always been quietly unnerved by the sparse and atmospheric and great Magus' Castle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR5dgnw60-s) music, especially since it just keeps playing even during battles

Eirikr
11-04-2010, 12:38 AM
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMTF7L4iVto)

blinkpen
11-04-2010, 12:56 AM
Ok, i made this thread just because i really really wanted to link to the Ur Quan theme from Star Control II. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VNul2QETPE)

That music is pretty menacing and oppressive but what's really getting me is THOSE BLINKING EYES I CAN STILL SEE THEM WHEN I CLOSE MY OWN AAAAAAAH!!

Makkara
11-04-2010, 02:07 AM
Horrifying! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O97V_lNPtlg#t=18s)

Torgo
11-04-2010, 02:25 AM
Mega Man - Yellow Devil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBq60kbGzMc), and more specifically it's reprise in X5, Shadow Devil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MwmwPQJHII).

I will never forget the first time I played X5 and that theme kicked in. Time froze, a chill went up my spine, and the only thought was, "No.. it can't be.."

Issun
11-04-2010, 02:45 AM
This isn't Boss Music, but the first time I fought the Magus Sisters, I was woefully underleveled and underequipped. It took a long time and several tries for me to get past them. Now, they're a piece of cake, but even so, every time I enter the Tower of Zot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4exlf3b2kA), I get really nervous.

Olli T
11-04-2010, 03:54 AM
Not boss or enemy music, but:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRXPMyhsHNE&feature=related

Brer
11-04-2010, 04:04 AM
Generally unless it's so ambient that it's almost not music (Akira Yamaoka, Mark Morgan) I rarely get an actual fear effect from music itself. That said:

-For enemies, I'm amazed no one mentioned this little horn and string number (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhiGnj7QX2A). Never fails to spike the heartrate, especially when it comes out of the blue.

-The single best "epic, tension-raising" theme for boss battles I can think of is the Bhaalspawn Battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V6ayeiKkT4&feature=related) music from Baldurs Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal. I honestly think the Bhaalspawn are some of the toughest non-optional RPG bosses in existence, and trying to get your party through intact is an emotionally exhausting and harrowing experience.

KCar
11-04-2010, 05:58 AM
Some may disagree, but the entire soundtrack of Robo Warrior (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm_Un-2WvMQ&feature=related) conspired with the gameplay to inspire existential dread in my childhood self. Something about the relentlessness of the song, combined with the fact that every action in the game depletes your health (you're a cyborg running on batteries, which deplete over time and with every bit of damage), made me feel like I couldn't possibly live up to what the game expected of me (it was very, very hard). Add the fact that the music only becomes a stark *beep* when you have low health, and the death theme is weirdly gothic, and you have a strangely affecting sound design.

Actually the soundtrack is the best part of that game.

blinkpen
11-04-2010, 06:20 AM
I'm not as afraid of it now as I was at the time, but when I would enter a room in Resident Evil 3 as a young teen and hear this tune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B30yfyfr0y8) playing, every muscle in my body would tense up, I would start moving slower, dreading every door I opened, because I knew at any point now I would hear this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op0ITvCC97A&feature=related) explode into the soundtrack and I'd be running and screaming for my life.

Also, it's not really tied to an enemy or boss, but this fucking tune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KO6RAjM2b0) from the Intestinal Distress level of Earthworm Jim absolutely traumatized me as a kid. It was just the most dreadful, bleak, nightmarish tune I had ever heard.

Thinaran
11-04-2010, 06:43 AM
The Last Springsteen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Iu2ZqRyF-k) final boss music from Contra 4 tells you that YOU are GOING to get your ASS KICKED unless you DODGE these FUCKING BULLETS!

Likewise, Shiva's theme from Streets of Rage 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdPPU-09sF0) tells you this guy is not to be messed with.

Olli T
11-04-2010, 08:08 AM
Robo Warrior (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm_Un-2WvMQ&feature=related)

Okay, this is offtopic, but holy crap, I've been thinking about this game on and off for years. I forgot its name and I hadn't run into it anywhere on the internet so I started wondering if I had made it up in my mind. Thank you for reminding me that it actually exists!

Flint Ironstag
11-04-2010, 08:17 AM
Though it's not horrifying per se, I've always felt that Mega Man Zero (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UdnIXpx1QA) had the most intense, suspenseful boss theme. Very well-done, it doesn't even quite sound like a Mega Man game (almost more like Metroid).

daroga
11-04-2010, 08:22 AM
This is horrifying, but not in the way you've all been talking about:

Sonic 4 Boss Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNLNOiyQf9I)

alpha jammer
11-04-2010, 08:27 AM
The boss music from Zillion for the Sega Master System.
You travel through a huge labyrinth, all to a single (rad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ool4jaXvWf0&p=EF6D738677CA6EED&playnext=1&index=26)) song the entire game. Passing through a blackened room the sound stops. You've finally reached the main computer. After entering the Self Destruct Sequence, an on-screen timer starts to tick down. Panicked you race back into that empty black room, only discover a giant creature standing in your way with this music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNs5iPmFW0U) playing! It was really freaking jarring, creepy and stressful!

KCar
11-04-2010, 08:27 AM
Okay, this is offtopic, but holy crap, I've been thinking about this game on and off for years. I forgot its name and I hadn't run into it anywhere on the internet so I started wondering if I had made it up in my mind. Thank you for reminding me that it actually exists!

Another weird thing about that game is years later, I watched the anime movie Harmageddon (I think it was directed by Rin Taro), which featured a cyborg space warrior named Zed with a triangular head. I always wondered if there was a connection, especially since both properties seemed to have a similar sense of foreboding doom and general unpleasantness.

Actually, it looks like the character was named "Vega" in the Japanese original (Genma Taisen), so it appears not. I can't find any actual reference to the names in the english dub, either, so I'm wondering if I'm completely making things up.

Edit: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHH!!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=234GZjsg1wk)

Karzac
11-04-2010, 08:42 AM
I've always been quietly unnerved by the sparse and atmospheric and great Magus' Castle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR5dgnw60-s) music, especially since it just keeps playing even during battles

This. That was one of the most atmospheric moments I've ever experienced in a game, and I played it on an emulator in 2008.

Chasmang
11-04-2010, 08:58 AM
Why is the floor breathing!? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8ZubcNyUPY)

Sarcasmorator
11-04-2010, 10:38 AM
When the Elemental Fiend boss music in FFIV and the Atma Weapon boss music in FFVI start up, you know you are in trouble.

Even when you're not, because it's Kainazzo or whatever.

SpoonyBardOL
11-04-2010, 12:12 PM
It might not count, but this unreleased BGM from Mother 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KdXzNTS_jM) is creepy as all hell. ESPECIALLY when you consider what it might have been used for...

Not quite as creepy, but much more legit, is 'Who's There?' from Persona 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMi74TSRCgo). Not a battle theme, but unsettling all the same.

And I know I'm not the only one who nearly crapped their pants the very first time they heard this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcvJ8nzxH8c)

The Dungeon Theme from Dragon Warrior (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr5oB0JQxhk) was frightening in its own right, especially with how it got more and more menacing the deeper you went in a dungeon.

I think our fearless leader, or someone else's article on the main page, mentioned this once upon a time, but the music from Stage 5&6 of Wily's Castle from Mega Man 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ9ySQX_PF8) got damn spooky, which almost none of us ever noticed because those stages were about 1 screen long. Odd musical direction there, kinda like the music played on the castle map in that game, there's more composed than we'd ever hear in-game.

And, y'know what, say what you will about Xenosaga, but Albedo certainly had a haunting theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAQGCM-IyOE).

Finally, I know we've all had that moment of tension playing Super Mario Bros, and going under 100 on the timer on a Castle Stage... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpTiBEnjVS8)

R.R. Bigman
11-04-2010, 12:45 PM
The whole Soundtrack to Enemy Zero, especially this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fEcOPn5-Xg&feature=related).

Thanks to Ray and The Soundtest for introducing it to me.

shivam
11-04-2010, 12:59 PM
That music is pretty menacing and oppressive but what's really getting me is THOSE BLINKING EYES I CAN STILL SEE THEM WHEN I CLOSE MY OWN AAAAAAAH!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltzbqutKrY

Kairu
11-04-2010, 01:16 PM
I'll highlight a couple of tracks from Secret of Mana.

The standard boss theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5FR_i-EbDc) for its frantic pace.

The southern ruins theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=687sEfSkx9Y), even though it's not tied to a specific boss or enemy. I still find it unnerving but hypnotically beautiful at the same time. I had no idea what a Gamelan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamelan) was until reading about some of the unusual instruments and sounds the game was able to emulate.

Finally, the boss theme from the fight against Dark Lich (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWc6iG-iuI) (i.e. Thanatos) for its cacophonous and intense percussion.

DemoWeasel
11-04-2010, 01:25 PM
I've never actually played Earthbound, but Giygas' theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYb9kSCkjE8) creeps me out regardless.

Parish
11-04-2010, 01:33 PM
The best thing about the Dark Lich theme is that it uses a lot of sound elements heard elsewhere in the game, where they're subtle and understated to create an unsettling ambience. But the battle theme gathers them and makes them frenetic and jarring, which works on a subconscious level to remind you of eeriness of their previous use.

Sven
11-04-2010, 01:34 PM
Ninja Gaiden's Boss Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUaLw5qqOHE) hasn't been mentioned yet, which surprises me.

SDMX
11-04-2010, 01:52 PM
I've always been quietly unnerved by the sparse and atmospheric and great Magus' Castle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR5dgnw60-s) music, especially since it just keeps playing even during battles

Throwing my hat in on this. Getting through this part of the game at night in my childhood and listening to the hopeless sobbing in the background is one of the few moments where I've had to stop playing a game because of the atmosphere.


Kohr-Ah Theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ltzbqutKrY)

It's always disappointed me that despite being harder in battle, bloodthirsty and psychotic, the Kohr-Ah don't have a more terrifying theme then their green brethren. Because honestly, if you heard that music and its crushing orchestral tones, it was just over for you. No begging or pleading. Just over.

Ted
11-04-2010, 02:45 PM
Not boss or enemy music, but:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRXPMyhsHNE&feature=related


Finally, the boss theme from the fight against Dark Lich (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLWc6iG-iuI) (i.e. Thanatos) for its cacophonous and intense percussion.

These.

For a different kind of horrifying, I find the theme to Sector Bootes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF8uIZb1iEo&feature=related) from SMT: Strange Journey horrifying in an "I've crash-landed in the middle of a hedonistic demon orgy buffet and there's nowhere for me to hide" kind of way. Oh, the horrifying things those demons could be doing, and the horror if those horrifying things happen to me! But at the same time the track is also really cool and interesting to listen to.

Almost anything in The Dark Spire also has a horrifying effect on me.

Issun
11-04-2010, 03:07 PM
I know the track is considered overplayed, overwrought, and overloved nowadays, but admit it: the first time Bizarro Sephiroth went down and One Winged Angel started playing, was that not some intimidating shit?

Kishi
11-04-2010, 03:12 PM
It really was.

Brer
11-04-2010, 03:38 PM
I know the track is considered overplayed, overwrought, and overloved nowadays, but admit it: the first time Bizarro Sephiroth went down and One Winged Angel started playing, was that not some intimidating shit?

Actually, the bit from FFVII that affected during my original playthrough was the bit where you're following the blood trail through Shinra's offices after he makes off with Jenova.

Googleshng
11-04-2010, 03:40 PM
The best thing about the Dark Lich theme is that it uses a lot of sound elements heard elsewhere in the game, where they're subtle and understated to create an unsettling ambience. But the battle theme gathers them and makes them frenetic and jarring, which works on a subconscious level to remind you of eeriness of their previous use.

Yeah, he did pretty much the same thing for Koudelka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1ju8GtkzQg&feature=related) (arguably spoilery track name).

Koudelka in general does a lot of tapping into the creepy potential of upbeat light jazzy noodling honestly. The regular boss music for instance is just plain weird, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h47k0rb8Gk&feature=related) although more properly horror-y in the live version. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHjycZHM7cA&feature=related)

Speaking of questionably appropriate horror game music though, seriously, the soundtrack is one of the bigger reasons I'm always trying to talk people into checking out Alone in the Dark 5. It's seriously nothing but big epic Bulgarian chanting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F7BYZ5KGTw&p=F84DFE5F776D7BF4&feature=BF&index=16) all the time.

dtsund
11-04-2010, 03:43 PM
If we're getting away from battle music now, Last Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONmo8HzuSGg) from Majora's Mask deserves a mention.

blinkpen
11-04-2010, 03:52 PM
I know the track is considered overplayed, overwrought, and overloved nowadays, but admit it: the first time Bizarro Sephiroth went down and One Winged Angel started playing, was that not some intimidating shit?

Yes.

Xenosaga came up and it occurs to me that the theme in Xenogears that comes up whenever Id makes an appearance is quite dark and menacing indeed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSqWAP_kSdk). God damn this overwrought game had some wonderful music.

SpoonyBardOL
11-04-2010, 03:52 PM
Actually, the bit from FFVII that affected during my original playthrough was the bit where you're following the blood trail through Shinra's offices after he makes off with Jenova.

Yeah, come to think of it, Trail of Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiWV2KseKeo) is another creepy theme.

Another one came to mind earlier, though it's not as creepy as I remember it, is Dead Bodies & Wall of Lights (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWlvPcPELpA) from Ultima VII. I remember finding this music (the Dead Bodies part, this is one of those cases where two tracks are attached to one file) really creepy as it would keep popping up whenever you stumbled upon grisly scenes in the game. There were quite a few instances of bloody murder in Ultima VII too, as anyone who has played it can attest.

However, since the music is a Midi, chances are it sounded completely different on my PC back in the day, which is might be why that version on Youtube isn't as creepy as my memory tells me.

(Interestingly, I always knew this track as 'Torture', not 'Dead Bodies', as 'Dead Bodies' was a different track entirely (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DDf2ScrMsc). Who's right? Who can say?)

Kishi
11-04-2010, 04:10 PM
Actually, the bit from FFVII that affected during my original playthrough was the bit where you're following the blood trail through Shinra's offices after he makes off with Jenova.

That's definitely one of the most memorable and affecting sequences in a game full of them.

StrawberryChrist
11-04-2010, 06:12 PM
The Silicoid diplomacy theme from Master of Orion 1. And horrifying for different reasons: the combat music from FOTON: The Ultimate game on Planet Earth.

Bongo Bill
11-04-2010, 06:54 PM
The boss music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ0KilHkxFk) is the only thing I know from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.

Comb Stranger
11-04-2010, 07:13 PM
Everything from Penumbra. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhdD0lYBh0Q&feature=related)

Brer
11-04-2010, 07:22 PM
The boss music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ0KilHkxFk) is the only thing I know from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.

Oh, that reminds me. The Dark King's music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORMeyEOmQaQ&feature=related) is a great piece, far more ominous than the enemy it actually plays over. Especially that little descending riff that forms the bridge. The first time I heard it I actually expected some sort of evil "Fuck you" attack a la Exdeath's Grand Cross, it seemed so ominous.

Of course, it was playing over a Mystic Quest boss, so nothing of the sort happened. This provides an unusual case of the music being more threatening than the in-game challenge that it comes with.

Bongo Bill
11-04-2010, 07:37 PM
Monty on the Run (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93nIljXpqUY)'s song was also used to great effect in I Wanna Be The Guy.

Kishi
11-04-2010, 08:29 PM
I'll highlight a couple of tracks from Secret of Mana.

The standard boss theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5FR_i-EbDc) for its frantic pace.

The first minute is pretty alarming (if ear-grating), but I've always savored the wonderfully triumphant section that starts at about 1:08.


Back in Chrono Trigger, any battle set to this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShxVXnPIdqU) (especially that apocalyptic opening) always makes me sit up and sense that I'm in the fight of my life.

Dhroo
11-04-2010, 08:56 PM
Xenosaga came up and it occurs to me that the theme in Xenogears that comes up whenever Id makes an appearance is quite dark and menacing indeed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSqWAP_kSdk). God damn this overwrought game had some wonderful music.

Aww, beat me to it. Every time I heard that track, it just gave such an impression of "man, there is something very wrong with this guy". And then of course, you find out his true nature, and after that the music fits him that much better.

But while I'm at it, I'll throw in Grahf's theme (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GN6z3jJ7ENw). Whenever it started to play, you knew you were in for some shit, whether it was a very one-sided, yet still winnable boss battle, or a scripted, hopelessly unwinnable one.

Sanagi
11-05-2010, 12:00 AM
Xenosaga came up and it occurs to me that the theme in Xenogears that comes up whenever Id makes an appearance is quite dark and menacing indeed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSqWAP_kSdk). God damn this overwrought game had some wonderful music.
Definitely the track that springs to mind for Xenogears. It's Yasunori Mitsuda once again demonstrating his love of pedal tones. (http://www.jacmuse.com/artistictechniques/newpage1.htm)

This thread is as good an excuse as I need to mention the best game remix ever, Crystal Flash. (http://www.biglionmusic.com/music/arrangements/game-arrangements/super-metroid-crystal-flash)

Shagohod
11-05-2010, 12:11 AM
The most haunting thing I've ever heard was in in Silent Hill 1 when you come out of the grandfather clock into the dark world and you hear this. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocZuzDk5LTY&feature=related)

and the game was quiet until then and it just goes full volume with that crazy percussive track. Freaky shit!

Issun
11-05-2010, 12:58 AM
Xenosaga came up and it occurs to me that the theme in Xenogears that comes up whenever Id makes an appearance is quite dark and menacing indeed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSqWAP_kSdk). God damn this overwrought game had some wonderful music.

Actually, someone should nominate this for the musicdome.

Torgo
11-05-2010, 04:00 AM
This thread needs more Final (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVrQv36YFgg&feature=related) Fantasy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU7BJjrp2xg&feature=related) Tactics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waB8BDjXyV4&feature=related).

Trisection in particular, more then any other track, is the game's "serious business" battle music to me.

Kfroog
11-05-2010, 04:43 AM
I ain't gonna knock any FFT songs, but I'm pretty sure The Pervert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbI8CE-ABSg&feature=related) fits this thread's theme better than any of those three.

Sven
11-05-2010, 08:30 AM
The Silicoid diplomacy theme from Master of Orion 1.

Even worse: the Psilon theme, but that's only because it meant you were playing against the Psilons.

nadia
11-05-2010, 05:50 PM
Mega Man - Yellow Devil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBq60kbGzMc), and more specifically it's reprise in X5, Shadow Devil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MwmwPQJHII).

I will never forget the first time I played X5 and that theme kicked in. Time froze, a chill went up my spine, and the only thought was, "No.. it can't be.."

When I first heard that, I shat bricks.

"WHAT? NO--" (Body part flies into X's face)

This is horrifying, but not in the way you've all been talking about:

Sonic 4 Boss Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNLNOiyQf9I)

Also, Sonic CD's Satanic Santa Claus. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcwyDL3-Qqo&feature=related)

The best thing about the Dark Lich theme is that it uses a lot of sound elements heard elsewhere in the game, where they're subtle and understated to create an unsettling ambience. But the battle theme gathers them and makes them frenetic and jarring, which works on a subconscious level to remind you of eeriness of their previous use.

There's also The Curse, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOWnVlzKPi0) which precedes the battle. You can fly right through it--you only hear the song once in the game, and it lasts for, like, two dialogue boxes. But when you let it run, it really ranks up there as some creepy stuff. Particularly the "gunshot" sound and the howl that comes up once in a while in-game. I still don't know what that is. I just pegged it as the Mana Beast.

By the end of the game, actually, SoM just throws tonnes of fantastic songs at you that you hear for a few seconds (unless you let them run) and never again. I appreciate that they exist, but I wonder if there had originally been more plans for them.

Actually, the bit from FFVII that affected during my original playthrough was the bit where you're following the blood trail through Shinra's offices after he makes off with Jenova.

That bit still gives me the shudders.

I still find the Jenova battle music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9kGaw216HM) pretty unsettling.

Even worse: the Psilon theme, but that's only because it meant you were playing against the Psilons.

God, seriously.

taosterman
11-05-2010, 05:57 PM
Back in Chrono Trigger, any battle set to this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShxVXnPIdqU) (especially that apocalyptic opening) always makes me sit up and sense that I'm in the fight of my life.

I was thinking of that one too. I love that they only bust it out a few times to really underscore what an epic point in the storyline you're at.

Klatrymadon
11-05-2010, 06:03 PM
FEAR! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5s28sAT06Y&feature=related)

Well, it certainly had me piddling my pants on my first 1CC attempt. Metal Black's Visitor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdsVz9vZAhA) is also incredibly powerful until you start taking down the boss before it kicks in, which, unfortunately, should happen from the second time you face him.

Alixsar
11-05-2010, 06:05 PM
You guys are all wrong.

Clearly, regenerators (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_SVyZY-zuc) are the scariest mother fucking thing ever and that song they play when they show up is the only correct answer.

People don't give RE4 enough credit for being scary. I mean, sure, this song was used (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iVrRcAoAQQ&feature=related) during an action-y part, but it made it a helluva a lot more intense. The credits music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCvJHDzi0ZI), especially in combination with the images showing the history of the village, are pretty terrifying too.

VorpalEdge
11-05-2010, 06:08 PM
That regenerators track doesn't have the hissing. It might as well not exist without the hissing.

R^2
11-05-2010, 06:40 PM
It's atmospheric and maybe a little creepy, but I wouldn't call it horrifying. But Nadia mentioning The Curse, a good piece that isn't given enough in-game time, reminds me a lot of Farewell Hyrule King (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P2HNic7JjI). Make sure you listen at least through 1:20.

SpoonyBardOL
11-05-2010, 06:46 PM
This music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ78ChR54I4) is terrifying for one specific reason.

http://i367.photobucket.com/albums/oo113/mr_bungle700/percy.png
It's the glorious anthem that heralded my arrival, Boss.

GyroNinja
11-05-2010, 09:47 PM
I've always been quietly unnerved by the sparse and atmospheric and great Magus' Castle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR5dgnw60-s) music, especially since it just keeps playing even during battles

Agreed, and I never finished Chrono Trigger until the DS version. I especially love the laughter/weeping/ohgodwhatisthatnoise in the background.

Torgo
11-06-2010, 04:03 AM
I ain't gonna knock any FFT songs, but I'm pretty sure The Pervert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbI8CE-ABSg&feature=related) fits this thread's theme better than any of those three.
Not gonna disagree, but the thread kinda evolved a bit to include themes that are generally tense or climactic. For my money, those are the best three.

And speakin' a which, digression or no, The Fierce Battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmwSfUqnDvA) applies.

Eddie
11-06-2010, 07:16 AM
I think FFT love is great but if the most 'horrifying' track in the game is Descent (http://www.youtube.com/user/PeyserConley#p/c/199E3C72F464C304/49/LKNxcVXZsVQ).

- Eddie

Tanto
11-06-2010, 10:27 AM
It's atmospheric and maybe a little creepy, but I wouldn't call it horrifying. But Nadia mentioning The Curse, a good piece that isn't given enough in-game time, reminds me a lot of Farewell Hyrule King (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P2HNic7JjI). Make sure you listen at least through 1:20.

Essentially every rendition of Hyrule Castle's Theme is ominous, but I've always been partial to Twilight Princess's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeL0POQMA_c), which gradually works Ganon's Theme into the melody.

Kfroog
11-06-2010, 10:47 AM
I'm so disappointed that no one's been able to match the OP for sheer overbearing oppressiveness.

q 3
11-06-2010, 11:12 AM
The Sacrifice, Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRyU0u13Jkc) from Seiken Densetsu 3.

Appropriately enough, the final phase of that battle is the complete opposite of horrifying (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46HyPjiXxGY).

DeeMer
11-06-2010, 12:25 PM
Fire Emblem Gaiden's Final map battles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcvVbzDz2EU&p=80F1A628532C685F&feature=BF&index=24) and Final Boss (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1eHC0frqHY&feature=related).
Nothing can do creepiness like chip music.

Also, not battle but also (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZaD9gMXj6s&p=80F1A628532C685F&feature=BF&index=20) creepy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KK-HVTI7mU&p=80F1A628532C685F&feature=BF&index=9).

Makkara
11-06-2010, 05:15 PM
Also not enemy or battle music, but these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya3NV8TtFac) two (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TPQQQa4mxY) are certainly eerily atmospheric.

shivam
11-06-2010, 11:17 PM
I'm so disappointed that no one's been able to match the OP for sheer overbearing oppressiveness.

yeah, exactly. i was hoping for more crazy martial themes that inspire terror and the certain knowledge of your own destruction, and less of the atmospheric emptiness.

Kfroog
11-07-2010, 03:25 AM
Well, the Wily stage boss/Shadow Devil theme at least approached the same effect.

Onomarchus
11-07-2010, 09:13 AM
I'm so disappointed that no one's been able to match the OP for sheer overbearing oppressiveness.

All right, that did it, you.

Contra 3 The Final Gauntlet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QdA6dh0-VY). I was familiar with this as a copy named "The Showdown" lacking the deadtime at the end, but this is what I found for the original track as the SNES probably made it sound. There are apparently a few different versions out there, but this faithful arrange (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNZS_NWcOlM&feature=watch_response) I've had for years should not be missed..

Years back I think I convinced myself there was a strong Stravinsky influence--Rite of Spring I guess, or maybe it was the Firebird?--but this is going off memory of what I thought, not anything I can actually summon up now.

yeah, exactly. i was hoping for more crazy martial themes that inspire terror and the certain knowledge of your own destruction, and less of the atmospheric emptiness.

Well, hope that helped.

Lucas
11-07-2010, 11:42 AM
yeah, exactly. i was hoping for more crazy martial themes that inspire terror and the certain knowledge of your own destruction, and less of the atmospheric emptiness.

So what you're saying is you want (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k_1GW40ZqY) more (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irGCdR0rTM4) Shadow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKiBfdvdnOQ) Hearts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKtBY2EMvHA).

I probably shouldn't start off with the weakest of them, but oh well.

blinkpen
11-07-2010, 11:50 AM
more (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irGCdR0rTM4) Hearts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKtBY2EMvHA).

Man, Shadow Hearts Covenant (the only one out of that series that I actually played) was so damn great. I'm just browsing the soundtrack on youtube right now and recalling what a sin it is that I've dedicated such a small amount of memory space to remembering the tunes in this game.

Andrew
11-07-2010, 12:25 PM
The main theme of Soul Reaver, Ozar Midrashim, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2RMWWBXYbs) always instantly evokes imagery of the dead, dried-out landscapes, the sun blotted out by smog-filled skies and colored an eerie green, (barely) populated mainly by mutated, de-evoluted monster vamps, corpses on pikes, and scavengers feasting on whatever rotting scraps of flesh they can find.

Brer
11-07-2010, 12:32 PM
Man, Shadow Hearts Covenant (the only one out of that series that I actually played) was so damn great.

I dunno, it just made me realize how much I wanted a 1920s RPG without the wacky JRPG shit. With or without the occult elements, just ditch the drunken boxing cat, the brazilian ninja, and Super Stripper Pocahontas.

Yes, I know, my heart is dead and blackened thing, etc etc. It just got so damn OLD.

More on topic, I give you The Shoggoth from DCOTE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OanM2NKXupA). It's plenty scary, but it's really the music that sells it.

blinkpen
11-07-2010, 12:44 PM
I dunno, it just made me realize how much I wanted a 1920s RPG without the wacky JRPG shit. With or without the occult elements, just ditch the drunken boxing cat, the brazilian ninja, and Super Stripper Pocahontas.

Based on the particular wacky JRPG shit you're referencing, I'd say you're talking about Shadow Hearts: From the New World, not Covenant.

Not that Covenant wasn't also full of ridiculous amounts of japanese insanity. But I loved it nonetheless.

Lucas
11-07-2010, 01:16 PM
From the New World was also the most mediocre of the series, and Covenant was probably the best. Granted, it still had a wolf with magic powers who got new abilities from dog fights, and the transforming muscleman wrestler superhero who took part in the Man Festival (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZsHIAoTgZM), and a transforming samurai, and... I kinda forgot where I was going with this. Still, Covenant is the best Shadow Hearts.

Kishi
11-07-2010, 01:42 PM
I ain't gonna knock any FFT songs, but I'm pretty sure The Pervert (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbI8CE-ABSg&feature=related) fits this thread's theme better than any of those three.

The game's most jarring turn is when the political and personal drama suddenly gives way to horrific kings of hell who crush humans like bugs, and this track is a large part of what makes it so effective.

SlimJimm
11-07-2010, 02:07 PM
I suppose not really all that horrifying, but the Lavos Core music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAx63FwVWUo) certainly is tense and otherworldly. Also the Lavos scream is pretty freaky, at least to me.

Kishi
11-07-2010, 02:12 PM
Gimping that track (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb3OwupmaZc#t=4m3s) is one of the sourer points of the DS port of Chrono Trigger.

SlimJimm
11-07-2010, 02:38 PM
Awww. :(

q 3
11-07-2010, 10:36 PM
Oppressiveness in (pseudo) eight bits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeAZgmAKLsI).

Yoko Shimomura likes to do these themes with pipe organs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLTAPeiaqQc). Lots (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r94RosEC4ts) and lots (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_322FF01Eg) of pipe organs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7mrSvMKcZE). Somehow it works.

onimaruxlr
11-07-2010, 11:06 PM
Dancing Calcobrena always gets my goat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFTZuIcOew4). The fact that it kept on playing once the fight started was unsettling too because...come on man, that ain't no boss stomping music. I dunno what that is!

The string version from the DS remake is a disappointment~

nadia
11-08-2010, 05:53 AM
Dancing Calcobrena always gets my goat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFTZuIcOew4). The fact that it kept on playing once the fight started was unsettling too because...come on man, that ain't no boss stomping music. I dunno what that is!

The string version from the DS remake is a disappointment~

It's music to fight psychotic dolls by! It's--

Yeah, it's pretty creepy, isn't it? :/

OzymandiasAV
11-08-2010, 12:11 PM
Sakuraba's theme for the Odin confrontation in Valkyrie Profile 2 qualifies as oppressively bleak and martial, I think.

"My throne was not handed to me...I have EARNED it." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMPJ1LIoP44)

Ghost from Spelunker
11-08-2010, 04:17 PM
Hey Red, what are you doing here? None of your Pokemon are dead.
Lavender Town (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNJJ-QkZ8cM) & Pokemon Tower (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8NktOkmRvM&feature=related)

Abominable K
11-08-2010, 06:23 PM
Oppressiveness in (pseudo) eight bits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeAZgmAKLsI).

Yoko Shimomura likes to do these themes with pipe organs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLTAPeiaqQc). Lots (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r94RosEC4ts) and lots (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_322FF01Eg) of pipe organs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7mrSvMKcZE). Somehow it works.

Well on that note there's the Ultimate Being battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcvvNO4v5eY) theme from Parasite Eve.

q 3
11-11-2010, 10:12 AM
Oppression (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNZ0Dpvx3CA)

Kayin
11-12-2010, 02:47 AM
All right, that did it, you.

Contra 3 The Final Gauntlet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QdA6dh0-VY). I was familiar with this as a copy named "The Showdown" lacking the deadtime at the end, but this is what I found for the original track as the SNES probably made it sound. There are apparently a few different versions out there, but this faithful arrange (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNZS_NWcOlM&feature=watch_response) I've had for years should not be missed..


God I always loved that track. Well, heres my submission, from Super Castlevania. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C683GA8gSYU)

Pheeel
11-12-2010, 04:49 AM
The Breath Of Fire IV soundtrack is very underrated, you know.

A God's Beast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q3x8l0QiWw)
A Raging Emperor's Banquet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GsxAmsvBrc)

Kfroog
11-12-2010, 05:57 PM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ty2E-TF4Fg&feature=related) was the scariest song in Castlevania 4, by my reckoning. For some reason, it only plays between the boss fights in the penultimate stage, rather than right through them. Instead, they go back to the same normal boss theme you've been hearing since you entered the castle. Strange decision, that.

Kishi
11-12-2010, 06:10 PM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ty2E-TF4Fg&feature=related) was the scariest song in Castlevania 4, by my reckoning. For some reason, it only plays between the boss fights in the penultimate stage, rather than right through them. Instead, they go back to the same normal boss theme you've been hearing since you entered the castle. Strange decision, that.

It does (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqXgy3Yfm1k) play through the fights, though.

Tato
11-12-2010, 07:08 PM
Despite the fact that all of Actraiser's bosses usually have very predictable patterns and should be easy, the bombastic, urgent quality of the boss music always makes me panic a bit and just start getting my ass kicked.

dangerhelvetica
11-12-2010, 10:29 PM
Symphony of the Night had a lot of great foreboding tracks that you probably all remember, but Enchanted Banquet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADHa4tPI5Js) played only twice during fights which would probably last less than a minute. Of course, the singer sounds like she's dying, but we're going for horrifying and not best music, right?

Ossobucco
11-12-2010, 11:48 PM
SaGa Frontier was horrifying for a lot of other reasons, but Last Battle ~ Lute (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmIwg4sKhxw) was the first thing that came to mind when I read the thread title. Then I listened to the theme in the first post and it reminded me of a tune (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuuDBtnAZGI) from Beyond the Beyond. So now this thread has got me thinking about horrifying boss and enemy music from horrifying/horrible games.

Steve
11-13-2010, 10:39 AM
I think we all knew that it was only a matter of time before someone brought up the subject of Chrono Cross, so here you go. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFiSb9SBOW0)

Say what you want to about that game, but it had some great music. I don't know exactly what it is about that particular piece that makes it so effective. There's a certain level of epic-ness implied by the percussion (especially the chimes) and heavy rhythmic figures in the string part, but there's also that weird-ass choral part that underscores that not only are you involved in an epic battle for the fate of the world, you're involved in an epic battle for the fate of the world against something that's completely and utterly alien.

The usual random-encounter music is horrifying too, albeit for completely different reasons.

Makkara
11-13-2010, 11:06 AM
Say what you want to about that game, but it had some great music.

Mitsuda can be an amazing composer when he wants to. Too bad he hasn't worked on anything I've played since Xenosaga.


The usual random-encounter music is horrifying too, albeit for completely different reasons.

It's the one track from Chrono Cross I absolutely can't enjoy listening to.

nadia
11-13-2010, 03:04 PM
Sorry, it's not boss music, but I'm still a bit freaked by Final Fantasy VII's City of the Ancients. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gXV72Zcq4o)

This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ty2E-TF4Fg&feature=related) was the scariest song in Castlevania 4, by my reckoning. For some reason, it only plays between the boss fights in the penultimate stage, rather than right through them. Instead, they go back to the same normal boss theme you've been hearing since you entered the castle. Strange decision, that.

That music still kind of chills me because the battles it accompanies are a bitch. I still have a lot of trouble with Slogra.

Speaking of Castlevania IV, the music accompanying the final battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM-4V12JLbk) is not anything you'd expect, and I adore it for that reason and more.

Kfroog
11-13-2010, 05:11 PM
It does (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqXgy3Yfm1k) play through the fights, though.

bwah!? Did I just have a defective copy? I quite distinctly remember being pissed off about that, and I can't think of why I would remember that if it was never the case. I checked the ROM, and it plays right through in that. Can't check the cartridge because my SNES is busted. Drat. Now I'll never know for sure!

Deptford
11-13-2010, 05:50 PM
Most savage boss music. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C0-D1BiOBA)

And, most apocalyptic. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRQ5yidV-M8&feature=related)

Captain Keene
11-13-2010, 08:19 PM
Most savage boss music. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C0-D1BiOBA)

And, most apocalyptic. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRQ5yidV-M8&feature=related)

I don't know a thing about Nier, but that music is good enough to make me want to find out more.

Deptford
11-13-2010, 08:50 PM
Be careful saying that sort of thing to me about Nier. I am the most obnoxious Jehovah's Witness you have ever met about Nier. I will turn your mild curiosity into an excuse to barge into your home and stay there for hours explaining how it is even so much better a game than you might expect and sit on your couch and lean forward intensely with very expressive hands and give you pamphlets. I make my own Nier tracts.

Adam
11-13-2010, 10:38 PM
Should I lie and say that I didn't pick up Nier yesterday so I can get some sweet tracts?

Deptford
11-13-2010, 11:31 PM
No, but you do get a "thank you for buying Nier" hug.

I warn you: it lingers.

Olli T
11-14-2010, 01:32 PM
Did anyone post these yet?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv18zb1fESo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM2Og3EVGmc

Bleck
11-14-2010, 02:00 PM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxV1ya3mvU0) scared me so much as a kid that my initial reaction to the game was to immediately turn it off.

Daikaiju
11-14-2010, 02:12 PM
There only a few instances where boss music made me skittish.

The first was Level 9/Spetacle Rock in The Legend Of Zelda. Throughout the whole game you hear two tracks and that's fine. Adn then you blast into Lvl 9. The walls are a eye searing bleached bone color and then, "HOLY FIRESPITTING DODONGOS with a side of SWARMING GLEEOK NOGGINS!!! What is that hellish cacophany?!" Not only is the introduction of a third track jarring, but it's also the most unsettling piece in the game, throwing off your rhythm.

The next time I was put on edge was in Metroid:Prime, particularly the first encounter with the maddened Chozo ghosts. Between the lights going down, the spectral forms rushing me and the music implying much unpleasantness if they caught me, that was a definite flight moment.

ThricebornPhoenix
11-16-2010, 03:58 AM
I literally cannot believe that no one has suggested Dancing Mad (part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vovFvbgaL7E) / part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSZAOFdXAz4)) or The Fierce Battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-_1732J39k) yet, but I can't find where they're posted. The Fierce Battle, in particular, terrified me the first time I heard it. I knew that I was going to die... and sure enough, I did!

seriously i hate rpg music why is this up to me who are you people

VorpalEdge
11-16-2010, 07:47 AM
I'd say bad maniacs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdqCzruB3FQ) counts. Initially, it's only playable immediately after scoring high ranks on previous stages, and the game forces you to play it on the 'hard' life bar, making it very difficult to beat. PREPARE TO DIE

alternatively, WELCOME TO THE MACHINE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO7Fvd48By8)

R.R. Bigman
12-21-2010, 09:59 PM
Holy crap, Drakengard has some fantastically messed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNZ3X4Irluo) up (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNdApkSyIhA&feature=related) music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBGYz6macbg&feature=related). I would expect no less from the makers of Nier's amazing soundtrack.

lotusreaver
12-21-2010, 10:07 PM
The usual random-encounter music is horrifying too, albeit for completely different reasons.

You mean the fact that it sounds a Pokemon battle song played on the violin?

lotusreaver
12-21-2010, 10:19 PM
Speaking of Castlevania IV, the music accompanying the final battle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM-4V12JLbk) is not anything you'd expect, and I adore it for that reason and more.

Gotta love the comments on this video. "This is the purplest Dracula battle ever." LOL.

Meditative_Zebra
12-22-2010, 07:08 AM
System Shock 2 has some harrowing sequences and features an electronic/trip-hop/jungle soundtrack that effectively intensifies the action. Check out these (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0yTEDZIu4g) tracks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XXZ9IpZoxk). Really, this game has fantastic sound design all around!

Also, the major storyline development in the game, the reveal of Shodan as the force that's been guiding you and manipulating you throughout the game, is a fantastically creepy and mind-bending sequence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOFZ5fv_pb8). [Link=spoiler!]