I'm particularly excited about this week's journey through MMO music because we're going to touch on one of those scores that doesn't get nearly enough of the respect it should. Like Runes of Magic's
excellent OST, Allods Online's
music is largely overlooked because the game itself isn't treated as a "serious" or "original" title. But one shouldn't be so quick to throw out the soundtrack with the bathwater (that is both messy and noisy!); Allods Online
has several top-notch tracks that should be recognized no matter what you may think of the game.
Composers Mark Morgan (Fallout, Planescape: Torment
) and Vladislav Isaev (Prime World
) collaborated on the large project. "The music in Allods Online
combines lots of different elements and styles," they said in a 2009 interview
. "These range from dark ambient and ethnic music, symphonies and rock music, as well as various industrial noises. Some tracks in the game retain a Russian melody spirit combined with high a quality production and its own unique sound."
I think it's the Russian flair that sets this apart from being yet another fantasy soundtrack. Anything different and yet still catchy is welcome at my dinner table. Let's partake, shall we?