Horizon Zero Dawn Original Soundtrack

"A consistently high-quality combination of acoustic and electronic, melody and ambiance." Recommended

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Artist Credits

  • Joris de Man (composition)
  • The Flight (composition)
  • Niels van der Leest (composition)
  • Jonathan Williams (composition)
  • Julie Elven (vocals)

Tracks

240 minutes total

Disc 1 (60:17)

  1. Prologue (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [5:29]
  2. Aloy's Theme (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [2:31]
  3. Motherless (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:41]
  4. Vanished Voices (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:25]
  5. Seal Your Lips (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:32]
  6. The Welcome Of Stones (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:21]
  7. Tell Me (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [2:06]
  8. The Point Of The Spear (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:44]
  9. Years Of Training (Part 1 - Motherland) [2:23]
  10. The Blessing (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:53]
  11. The Proving (feat. Julie Elven & Circle Percussion) (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:43]
  12. A Boon (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:38]
  13. Where You Came From (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [2:24]
  14. Identification (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:02]
  15. What The Seeker Had Sought (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:21]
  16. Anointed (Part 1 - Motherland) [2:26]
  17. Seized From The Depths (Part 1 - Motherland) [2:00]
  18. Hologram Myth (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [3:36]
  19. The Bad News (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [3:05]
  20. The Good News (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [3:47]
  21. The Cavalry Breaks Through (feat. Julie Elven, Circle Percussion) (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:46]
  22. Victory (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [3:03]
  23. Homecoming (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [2:57]
  24. To The Hunt! (feat. Circle Percussion) (Part 1 - Motherland) [4:29]
  25. Prologue (Early Style Sketch) (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:30]
  26. Song For Aloy (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 1 - Motherland) [1:25]

Disc 2 (65:56)

  1. Within The Embrace (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:21]
  2. In Great Strides (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:24]
  3. Her Breath, Her Land (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:59]
  4. On Our Mother's Shoulders (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:46]
  5. Haze And Renewal (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [1:08]
  6. A Truth Whispered At Night (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:05]
  7. Trails In The Darkness (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:23]
  8. Machine Dreams (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:51]
  9. Cloudpart (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [0:50]
  10. The World And All Its Lessons (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [3:39]
  11. This New Wilderness (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [5:22]
  12. Territory Of None (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [6:43]
  13. A Wanderer's Work (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [6:34]
  14. Brave, New (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [5:20]
  15. The Memory Of Old Walls (Part 2 - Out Of The Embrace) [4:31]

Disc 3 (59:59)

  1. Aloy's Journey (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [3:03]
  2. Meridian, Shining (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [4:00]
  3. City On The Mesa (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [4:07]
  4. Envoys (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [2:19]
  5. Beads Fallen On Bronze (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [0:50]
  6. All That The Light Reaches (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [7:12]
  7. A Resplendent Soil (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [5:11]
  8. Another Day Rusts (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [1:17]
  9. Across The Daybrink (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [1:24]
  10. Delver's Hymnal (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [4:04]
  11. To Call Our Own (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [4:37]
  12. Your Hand Of Sun and Jewels (Carja traditional) (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [2:09]
  13. KunaBass Solo (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [1:01]
  14. Iron Pendulum Solo (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [0:29]
  15. Braumdrum Solo (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [0:51]
  16. Go Like Time Around An Arrow (feat. Circle Percussion) (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [5:38]
  17. Song to the Sun - Dawning (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [2:18]
  18. Song To The Sun - Midday (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [3:23]
  19. Song To The Sun - Evening (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [3:54]
  20. Nora u Norawea (Part 3 - Onwards To Meridian) [2:12]

Disc 4 (54:13)

  1. The Spreading Eclipse (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [5:36]
  2. The Demon Remade (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [1:26]
  3. Force Multiplication (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [4:00]
  4. Buried Shadow (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [0:57]
  5. Battle Begins (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [1:53]
  6. The Future By Its Throat (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [3:13]
  7. Hold The Ridge (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [3:54]
  8. Overrun (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [1:31]
  9. Countdown To Zero (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [1:25]
  10. Planned Obsolescence (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [3:24]
  11. Colossal (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [4:15]
  12. Threat Assessment (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [1:46]
  13. Will Against Will (feat. Julie Elven) (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [3:06]
  14. Drawn To Strife (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [2:45]
  15. Little Ones (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [3:38]
  16. Beasts Of Steel (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [2:45]
  17. Drums in The Sun-Ring (feat. Circle Percussion) (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [6:07]
  18. Death and Rebirth (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [1:13]
  19. A Storm In The West (Part 4 - Secrets Of The Earth) [1:19]
  • Released Mar 10, 2017 by Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (retail $15.99).
  • Detailed release notes and credits at VGMdb.

Reviews

A consistently high-quality combination of acoustic and electronic, melody and ambiance.

Recommended

Editor's review by Adam Corn (2018-02-23)

Among open-world adventure games in 2017, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild may have stolen some of Horizon Zero Dawn's thunder, but when it comes to soundtracks Horizon Zero Dawn OST comes out my top new original game soundtrack for the year. As you'd expect for a soundtrack of the genre, the music often leans more towards ambiance than outright melody, but there's no shortage of very pretty musical moments. Most frequently these are conveyed by beautiful solo and ensemble strings, often having a poignant sense of solitude as in "Homecoming" and "On Our Mother's Shoulders", though there are hopeful moments in folk-inspired tracks like "In Great Strides" and "City on the Mesa" as well. I believe there's not a single brass note throughout the score, and this case it feels entirely for the better.

Given the game's premise of mechanical beasts roaming a natural overworld, the soundtrack's mix of acoustic instrumentation with electronic synth could be expected as well. I have a hard time thinking of another soundtrack that pulls off the combination as seamlessly and with such consistently high quality as what composers Joris de Man and The Flight have done here though.

The soundtrack may not have the same number of memorable themes and highly dramatic musical moments of other top game OSTs, but as long as you're not expecting a quick melodic fix, you can listen through the entire run time without really feeling the need to touch the skip button, which is an exceedingly rare feet for a four-hour OST.

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