Music to My Ears finally gives some love this week to one of the best games of 2013.
Before The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds was released, I was a little hesitant, mostly because there had been so much time between this new release and its predecessor, Link to the Past. Those fears proved to be unfounded. Instead, LBW was one of my favorite Zelda games ever (and we have a big review coming up sometime soon still).
There’s a lot to love about the LBW soundtrack, and I’m positive that there are at least two other tracks I’m going to feature in this space at some point. A lot of great LttP themes have been recreated and updated here to great effect. But we’re going to focus on a brand-new track (sort of!) here first.
Lorule Castle is the final dungeon of the game. Inside is a sprawling, lava-filled, five-story behemoth that features several boss fights from earlier in the game. Defeating each boss and progressing through the dungeon actually changes the background music as you go, adding more layers and instruments along the way.
The end result is below. Keep in mind that the OST has these tracks separated, but this combined version makes for a much better song.
What starts off as a kind of innocent, playful theme turns into something a hell of a lot more serious and epic by the end. I especially love the final go-round when the choir starts yelling what I like to imagine as “OH SHI–” (see 3:53). To top it all off, we have some outstanding brass in the middle section and some Ganon’s Theme mixed in at the end.
That’s not enough for you? I mean, it’s a damn good song already. What if I told you that part of the song was actually the Hyrule Castle theme played backwards? Would that do anything for you? Yes, just like the Ballad of the Goddess in Skyward Sword flipped around Zelda’s Lullaby, there’s another clever little music trick here that kinda serves to signify the link…between worlds. I’ll see myself out.
Lorule Castle (All Parts)
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