As previously mentioned, a few posts back, I wrote Smokepit Fiarytales and Sing Goddess, The Wrath of the Fonz back to back while deployed on the USS Bonhomme Richard. I won’t go into the day to day behind writing those here for the sake of brevity. Also, spoilers for the book if you haven’t read it.
The following songs are the music that best fits the mood for the book.
Illusion of Gaia OST, Signs of the Past.
This song slow and almost cryptic with it’s flute work. When Hank and Doc are having the conversation about possibly being immortal I felt there should be an ominous sense of dread in the air.
Night on Bald Mountain, by Mussorgsky.
Another classical piece that fills the air with dread. Most classical music is upbeat and cheerful, but not this fucker. It’s heavy, brooding, and dark. Anyone who’s seen Fantasia will know that with this song comes demons.
Starship Troopers Main Theme, Piano cover.
The original version of this song almost sounded like Holst’s Mars, Bringer of War. The piano cover gives me a feeling of woe, and despair. I could hear this song in Hank’s mind while lulls in combat in Russia, wondering who, if anyone would survive, and what was becoming of his wife and unborn son back home.
The Trooper, Thomas Zwijsen, Iron Maiden Cover.
A flamenco guitar cover of an Iron Maiden song. The original lyrics were about dying in combat while fighting Russians. I think the nylon string guitar plucking takes away any motivation to fight that may have been portrayed by the original song, and again leaves the listener with an unsettled feeling in their gut. A verse from the original song goes “We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground, And as the Russians fire another round, We get so near yet so far away, We won't live to fight another day.” I think that’s reflective of the sheer helplessness the characters faced.
Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age, Holst.
This song is bone chilling. I could imagine Hank and Doc on watch or on a seemingly quiet patrol as this might play in the background.
Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drum, A Perfect Circle.
In my head, heavy industrial music was playing whenever the Mechs were moving. The underlying monstrosity being heavy and gritty. The darkness in this music is what I wanted the reader to feel when Hank and Satin were separated from the Marines in Latvia. It didn't help that they made us listen to this at SOI east lol.
Winter Bane, Abbath
This song was added post publishing. But the heavy guitar riffs and growling gravely vocals seemed to fit warfare in the winter in northern Europe.
2 Minutes to Midnight, Iron Maiden
“Blood is freedom’s stain. Don’t you pray for our souls anymore.”
This one is more lyrically related than musically.
Blow me Away, Breaking Benjamin
This one is nostalgia linked. There was a point in the game Halo 2 where this song plays as the player is thrown into a mess of a combat situation. There was a point in that fight where the lights were out and besides muzzle flashed you were in complete darkness.
Mein Teil, Rammstein
This one is purely musical. I think the lyrics are about a cannibal in the 90s in Germany that ate a dude’s dick, but that’s Germany for you. I imagined this is what would be playing as the Mechs treaded the streets.
99 Ways to Die, Megadeth
Given the immense amount of death in this book, I think the title is self explanatory. “I down another glass of courage… and a shot of thorazine.”
Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden.
The bridge leading up to the solo, and the solo itself seem very fluid and dynamic to me. It was easy to picture hand to hand combat to the motion of this music.
I guess this is synthwave? But it’s got a dark ominous sound to it. This fits with what was in my mind as Hank, Doc, Fonz, and DeLaGarza crept through Ilium.
Suspense, Andrew Hulsthult
Another suspenseful, dreading song. Originally from the Doom soundtrack.
Metal Gear, Dr. Wily and the Robots.
This song was from the American version of the game Metal Gear for the NES. The game’s objective is to avoid combat and sneak around to reach your goals. Much like Hank, Doc, Fonz, and DeLaGarza snuck around Ilium.
This is a youtuber’s cover of a song from the N674 game Goldeneye. Another infiltrator song.
Metal Gear Outside, Rich Douglas,
Another song from the Metal Gear franchise. Sneaky sneaky.
Eternity Served Cold, Homestuck
There’s something dreadful in the tone of this song, but there’s something else bearing a glimmer of hope.
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Moonsorrow, Metallica Cover
They somehow made this song either minutes long. But mixed in with the metal are folk instruments, and this is presented in more of a black, or folk metal fashion.
On top of this being the greatest and best song in the world (Ask Tenacious D, this is the song that song’s about) there’s also a lot of pain and suffering in the lyrics and guitar work.
The Menace of Zeon, Mobile Suit Gundam OST
This was taken a bit because of the Mechs. Gundam was one of my inspirations to write this book. But instead of giant robots fighting each other, I wanted to look at how the infantry on the ground would have to deal with giant metal monsters. Also, this song is…menacing.
Spirit Horse of the Chrerokee, Manowar.
Hank and Doc are both half native, that’s why they painted their palms on their face before going in to the last battle. I could see Hank burying his tomahawk into someone as this played.