Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons (2xLP Vinyl Record)


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As its namesake implies, this is a definitive moment in the lore of Guild Wars 2 and its accompanying musical journey.

End of Dragons harkens the collapse of the beloved and blighted scaly ones, sure, but in the same breath, it also welcomes new beginnings for a video game soundtrack, drenched in thousands of years of Korean tradition. Maestro Maclaine Diemer, a mainstay of the franchise for the last decade, dreams big and soars, assembling a superteam of native Korean musicians, vocalists and scholars to create this album’s absolutely brilliant arrangements.

This is peak orchestral majesty for not just Guild Wars, but game soundtracks of the last decade — one that the BAFTAs and other awards would be wise to pay attention to.  It’s epic stuff peppered with decadent nuance, where closing your eyes takes you on a windblown ride through instrumental incantations rarely heard in productions outside of Korea. “The Cycle Ends” is one of so many especially transcendent and unexpected tracks, enraptured by instrumental grandeur and the woven tapestry of marvelous, traditional Korean operatic vocals. 


[Side A]
End of Dragons
Captain of the Aetherblades
Togo’s Legacy
Strangely Familiar Place
Winds of Change
Canthan Justice
Hallowed Ground
Shadows of Seitung

[Side B]
Solace and Respite
City Tensions
Danger Lurks in the Jade
Heart of the Machine
Whose Side Are You On
Soojung Heights
Ishan’s Watch
A Future Carved in Jade

[Side C]
A New Era of Heroes
The View From Above
The Slums
House zu Heltzer
Kestrel’s Watch
Lament of the Lutgardises
Stone and Bark
Edge of Annihilation

[Side D]
Tengu Village
Junkyard Strife
Remnants of the Betrayer
The Cycle Ends
A World Without You

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