Year 3, Day 35: Namco Sound Team – Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies Official Soundtrack

Year 3, Day 35: Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies Official Soundtrack

Track List

Click here for the full tracklist of this official soundtrack.

About/Thoughts on the Album

Today I decided to combine both the about and thoughts sections. More so for the sake of cleanliness and aesthetics. But today’s album, isn’t really an album at all, it’s a soundtrack. It’s a soundtrack from one of my favorite video games on the PlayStation 2 (and all time). It’s the Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies Official Soundtrack. Now before you go, “OMG THIS IS VIDEO GAEM MUSIK! IT SUKS!”, I want you to listen to it. It’s fully orchestrated with a mixture and combination of modern day musical styles.

The soundtrack features a variety of musical styles, but most prominently features a sweeping combination of orchestral, synthesizer, electronic, and rock elements. The Namco Sound Team also employed a Latin Chorus for this game’s soundtrack; which if you have played later releases of the Ace Combat franchise, you’d recognize instantly. This Latin Chorus is no more recognizable than on the tracks Rex TremendaeRex Tremendae for those unfamiliar with Christian hymns or Mozart, is from the fifth movement of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor. The lyrics of the brief track (in game) as follows…

Rex,
Rex tremendae majestatis,
qui salvandos savas gratis,
salve me, fons pietatis.

When translated…

King,
King of tremendous majesty,
who freely saves those worthy ones,
save me, source of mercy.

Rex Tremendae in-game serves as a musical prelude to the final mission.

Another portion of the soundtrack of where the Latin choir is featured prominently is the final mission track, Megalith -Agnus Dei-Agnus Dei, or “Lamb of God”, serves as the song playing in the background as the final mission begins after the intrude from Rex Tremendae. It continues with the musical style of soundtrack; it combines electronic elements such as percussion with a complete orchestral backing. The lyrics of the song are the fusion of the Introitus, Agnus Dei, and Lux Aeterna sections of Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor. The lyrics in Latin are as follows…

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem.
Qui tollis peccata mundi

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem.

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine
Domine
Cum sanctis tuis in aeternum,
Quia pius es
Agnus Dei, dona eis requiem.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
Dona eis requiem.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi
Aeternam dona eis Domine
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

When translated…

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world
Grant them rest.
Who take away the sins of the world

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world
Grant them rest.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world
Grant them rest.

Eternal light shine upon them, Lord
Lord
With your saints for eternity,
For you are faithful
Lamb of God, grant them rest.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world
Grant them rest.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world
Grant them eternity, Lord
And let perpetual light shine on them.

One of my favorite tracks from this soundtrack is titled Comona and plays during one of the missions titled “Shattered Skies”. It is a rocker featuring heavy electronic elements such as synthesizer and percussion fused with traditional western rock elements (guitar, bass, drums).

Or there is the quick symphonic track that plays at the closing scene of the mission titled “Invincible Fleet”. That track is titled USEA National Anthem -Hymn of Liberty-. It’s a quick 22 second tune accompanied by radio static as it was meant for the pilots in game to be singing it.

O’er azure skies
And emerald plains
Where freedom and justice prevail
With courage and strength
We’ll fight to the end
For liberty in our land

Conclusion

When it comes to any kind of music, I take the mantra of never judge a book by it’s cover. When you listen to this soundtrack it’ll kick you in the butt and make you go “whoa”. With it’s combination of modern instrumental elements such as electric guitar and synthesizer and more classical elements such as orchestral instruments and a Latin chorus, it definitely not your run-of-the-mill video game soundtrack. It’s one that paved the way for others to add in more classical music elements. As always give it a listen, you never know, you might like it!

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