Dawn of the Ragnarok Soundtracks
March 11, 2022
Lakeshore Releases Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarök Original Game Soundtrack – Music By Stephanie Economou along with Dawn of Ragnarök Blood Fire Tears EP by Einar Selvik
We announced the preview album of the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök soundtrack last February 17th, and now can announced the full soundtrack album, released yesterday by Lakeshore Records in partnership with Ubisoft. The digital album features music by Los Angeles-based composer Stephanie Economou (Jupiter’s Legacy, The Chair). Economou has received several major awards and nominations in 2021 including a BAFTA “Breakthrough Artist” award, a nomination for the Society of Composers and Lyricists “David Raksin Award for Emerging Talent,” and a nomination for the International Film Critics Association “Breakthrough Composer of the Year.”
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök, the most ambitious expansion in franchise history, Eivor must embrace their destiny as Odin, the Norse god of Battle and Wisdom. Unleash new divine powers as you embark on a desperate quest through a breathtaking world. Complete a legendary Viking saga and save your son in the face of the gods’ doom. A war begins. A world ends. This is the Dawn of Ragnarök.
Says Economou: “At its core, Dawn of Ragnarök is a story with deep emotional roots and I wanted the music to embody that on a molecular level. I composed the main theme to reflect Odin’s journey for vengeance and the yearning to find his son Baldr. This lyrical theme, heard throughout the score on nyckelharpa, vocals, strings, lap harp, and mandolin, evolves through an orchestral and neofolk lens as we follow Odin on this epic saga through rich Norse mythical worlds. Because this story is such a highly immersive and cinematic experience, I aimed to design a colorful musical environment for the audience; one that draws the listener in, broadens their emotional perspective, and emboldens them to live and fight as Odin would in this monumental battle between truth and myth.”
The Dawn of Ragnarök soundtrack album is available digitally at these links.
In addition, Lakeshore and Ubisoft have also released Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarök Blood Fire Tears Original Game Soundtrack featuring music by Norwegian musician Einar Selvik of folk/world band Wardruna. The three-track EP is one of two companion album releases to Ubisoft’s expansion of its hit game Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. By using the oldest Nordic instruments, poetry and poetic meters in a contemporary soundscape, Einar has managed to merge the scholarly with the pop-cultural, reaching audiences world-wide and stretching the limitations of musical genres. Says Selvik: “Composing for this extension of the AC Valhalla has been interesting and fun as always. New storyline and new artistic direction to follow. Compared to previous work in the AC universe, I would say that these songs have a more modern feel to them, both in their construction as well as their melancholic distorted expression.” The three-track Blood Fire Tears EP is now available at these links.