Valkyrie Profile Original Soundtrack

Artist Credits

Tracks

119 minutes total

Disc 1 (55 minutes)

  1. Epic poem to sacred death
  2. Take a flight
  3. To the unhallowed ground
  4. Valhalla
  5. Requiem to a predicament
  6. All is twilight
  7. Prosperity's compensation: an introduction
  8. In water, air and light
  9. The road to glory and prosperity
  10. When a person changes
  11. Soon we see shadow and light
  12. Emotion upset
  13. Turn over a new leaf
  14. Fighting the shadowy gods
  15. The key to singing the praises of victory
  16. Doorway to heaven
  17. The counterfeit self
  18. Distortions in the void of despair
  19. Confidence in the domination
  20. Artifact
  21. Blameless Thoughts
  22. Ancient fantasies eternal
  23. Eternal Hydrogen Anxieties
  24. Evil Tales and Obligations
  25. Clouds of spray
  26. Black blinding nightmare
  27. Hopeless Resolution
  28. Illuminating Magic Links
  29. Oblivion's Joy
  30. The name of his people is fear
  31. In the beginning, there was light?
  32. Out of chaos
  33. An illusion of the brainstem
  34. Hard Chain Reaction

Disc 2 (64 minutes)

  1. Ray of darkness, ray of light
  2. Delusional extremities
  3. Ending the spiral
  4. Rise above the world
  5. Eternal engine of linguistic massacre
  6. Negative roots
  7. Circulate on a windup doll
  8. Reflections of trickery
  9. An inscription on a tombstone
  10. Eternal spirits arise
  11. Unstable balance
  12. Recurrent shudders
  13. Heads magic, tails curse
  14. To the last drop of my blood
  15. The nonsense of reality
  16. Over there
  17. A hollow heart
  18. A tense atmosphere
  19. A clash of personalities
  20. Weeping Lilies
  21. Tomorrow
  22. The crumbling Id
  23. Through a thin haze
  24. Behave irrationally
  25. A chamber of the heart
  26. The first union
  27. Systematic Enemy
  28. Vestigal dream
  29. Breakdown
  30. The neverending cycle of reincarnation
  31. Turn over a new leaf (rhythm ver.)
  32. The true nature of all
  33. Becoming Accustomed of Happiness
  34. Fantasy and reality intermingled
  35. Mission to the deep space
  36. Beast of prey
  37. Shiver
  38. The Climax of the tower
  39. The incarnation of devil
  40. Mighty blow
  41. Nostalgia into Hope
  • Released Feb 17, 2000 by First Smile Entertainment (catalog no. FSCA-10118, retail 3500 yen).

Reviews

Sakuraba's score is filled with power and grace.

Reader review by Kenny Peeples

It all began last summer, when I was playing a GBA game called Golden Sun. The music in that game was nothing short of breathtaking. "Who did this?" I always wondered to myself. I finally learned that the man behind this sound was Motoi Sakuraba. I definitely wanted to check out his other works, and had a nice interest in a game entitled Valkyrie Profile. Upon finally playing that game, and listening to its music, it had become apparent that I had another favorite composer.

Valkyrie Profile Original Soundtrack is much different from any RPG soundtrack I've ever heard personally. There aren't too many classical/orchestral pieces, as the bulk of the soundtrack is made up of a progressive rock (power rock, as I hear it referred to) style. Now, I'm not a big fan of power rock, but I absolutely adore it here. The introduction piece, "Take a flight", is the best opening intro song I've heard in any RPG. And that type of sound is what you should expect throughout the entire score. Dungeons are the backbone of this game, and you'll not find one atmospheric dungeon theme (unlike almost every other RPG on the market today) in the entire soundtrack. That is what I love about the soundtrack - it isn't cliche in any way, and I embrace its differences.

The dungeon themes in Valkyrie Profile are extremely high-powered and full of energy. I was impressed with "Clouds of spray" (as are most people who like this OST!). It's oriental in flavor, and has a very addictive melody. I'm also very fond of "Distortions in the void of despair" and "Hopeless Resolution", both of which will never fail to get your adrenaline pumping, as well as the evil and sadistic sounding "Evil tales and obligation". Other notable pieces include "Hard Chain Reaction", which plays in the tower of Lezard Valleth. The slow and ominous "Ending the spiral" gives the feeling of impending doom. And of course, there's the triumphant "Blameless thoughts", which you'll hear after you successfully complete a dungeon. The aforementioned tunes are only just a fraction of the dungeon themes in the game. And if you think that's as good as it gets, it's only because you haven't heard the battle themes yet. Valkyrie Profile is a great example of what battle themes should be. First, "Turn over a new leaf" and "Turn over a new leaf (rhythm ver.)" (the latter of which plays on disk two of the game) will warm you up for the impending battle, and then "Fighting the shadowy gods" will take your breath away! The boss battle theme, "Confidence in domination", is truly amazing. I love the electric guitar riffs throughout the song; there's never a dull moment... ever.

As great as the dungeon themes are, I would be lying if I said they were my favorite songs on the soundtrack. I actually prefer the slower, more beautiful side of Valkyrie Profile OST. The opening movie piece, "Epic poem to sacred death", is just as beautiful as it is sad. As is "All is twilight", which features a really nice guitar, bell tones, and that beautiful flute sample that Sakuraba is known for. "Through a thin haze" is another beautiful, yet sad and emotional piece. "Behave irrationally", the song that plays whenever someone dies, is the perfect song for such an event. The flute plays a somber melody over a music box in the background just before an entire synth orchestra joins in and repeats that same melody. It's really effective and very beautiful. "Valhalla" is heavenly, epic, and painfully majestic. The choir, bell tones, harp, strings - everything - makes this one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard. The same can be said about "When a person changes", in which the chorus and flute sample carry this piece to unfathomable heights of emotion and beauty. These two pieces are by far the best choral tracks I've ever heard in any videogame.

By now, anyone would've gathered that I have a deep love affair with this soundtrack. But there are two things that really annoy me about this release. Firstly, I noticed that there were a few songs on the end of disk two that weren't in the game. I later learned that these songs were from Star Ocean 2: The Second Story. Now, I personally don't see the logic in this at all. That game already has a soundtrack release! Why include some of those tracks here? Including those Star Ocean tracks just takes up space, which could've been put to much better use. And that brings me to my next point, the bane of my existence: the songs don't loop (you knew this was coming!). Even if the budget only allowed for a two CD set, many tracks could've still been looped. Disc one has a skimpy running time of only 54:53, so much space was wasted! And while disc two is over an hour, someone decided to fill disc space with tracks from another game instead of looping what was already there. I just don't understand it! But there's nothing anyone can do about it now. But again, I will not be satisfied unless I get every song *twice*! And with all that being said, the OST is still a great listening experience.

Valkyrie Profile Original Soundtrack is a wonderful thing. I wish someone had told me about Sakuraba sooner! I now have the daunting task of tracking down his earlier works, not to mention making room for his new ones. If you're tired of your typical RPG soundtracks, and want to try something a little new and different, then this album is definitely the way to go. A true gem.

Sakuraba's latest is overflowing with energy.

Reader review by Kurt Kalata

Since my first encounter with Motoi Sakuraba's music in Star Ocean: Second Story, I've been very intrigued by his work. There's a very unique style that is prevalent among many other games he's composed before, including Tales of Destiny and Shining Force 3. Many games seem to use the same sound samples and never shy away from mixing artifical synth with very realistic bass or flutes.

The initial reactions around the game music community was that a majority of the Valkyrie Profile soundtrack was composed of action-oriented fighting and dungeon type music. This alone made me immensely excited - Sakuraba composes battle themes with such power and strength that it should make other composers envious.

And disappointed, I was not. The first piece I immediately turned to was the battle theme, which begins with a burst of drums before exploding into the main melody. After it loops once, the melody repeats, only with an even stronger sense of urgency in the background. The boss theme, "Confidence in Domination", doesn't fare quite as well - it's certainly exciting, but ends up sounding like random noise at times.

The dungeon themes, however, are truly the most standout pieces on the soundtrack. Mostly taking up the end of the first disc and beginning of the second, there are at least 20 of such tracks, most of them very memorable and full of energy. One of my favorites, "Clouds Spray", has a distinct Japanese feel merged with the usual Sakuraba synth style, while "Illuminating Links", with its organs and waltz-like tone, sounds heavily reminscent of a Castlevania game. I could go on and on, but almost all of these songs stand out in some way. Some even contain a strong guitar behind them, giving an undeniable rock feel.

There are those, however, that really don't care for Sakuraba's action tracks, instead preferring the serene melodies of his town themes - another area he's quite good at. While there aren't nearly as many of these as in other games, there are still enough to keep those people happy. Track 10, "When a Person Changes", begins with a choir and the same beautiful flute sample found in other games, containing a smooth and chilling feeling. The best example, however, would be the theme when Valkyrie takes the souls of the dead - "Behave Irrationally". The music box lends to an eerie but serene atmosphere, and it is just a gorgeous song. A similar pretense is found in the "Weeping Lilies" with its playful demeanor - but it still radiates a bit of anxiety.

For some reason, near the end of the second CD, there are several songs from Star Ocean: Second Story, mostly from the final battles. They don't seem any different than the ones on the SO2 OST, but it's a nice addition.

If there's one problem with the Valkyrie Profile OST, it's the same problem of every Sakuraba OST thus far - the songs don't loop at all. This can be a plus at the same time, as to keep the dungeon tracks from getting too repetetive (as they tended to become sometimes during gameplay), but it's an annoyance nonetheless. Also, some of the battle themes seem to begin their fade out before the track is even finished playing.

In short, if you love Sakuraba's exciting music style, Valkyrie Profile is a must-have. Those not as partial to that style of music will still find plenty to enjoy, but perhaps not so much as earlier works.

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