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Stay Awhile and Listen

Diablo III

Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

It was June 2001 when we last saw significant attention paid to the Diablo franchise when the Diablo II expansion Lords of Destruction was released.  Back then we were all focused on gearing up to take on Mephisto and Baal.  Or maybe we were busy tossing Wirt’s Leg together with a Tome of Town Portal and combining into some Bovine goodness with our Horadric Cube.  No matter.  We were busy saving Tristram from the unknowing evils from the depths below.

And then we waited.  Until June 2008 when Blizzard Entertainment told us there was to be more – Diablo III was coming.  Boy oh boy was I ever excited!

It’s nearly been four years since I last stayed awhile and listened to Deckard Cain.  And I’d be lying if I wasn’t jealous that a few friends of mine have been rocking the Beta launch & bragging about everything they’ve seen.  Yet the launch date kept getting pushed and pushed and pushed and then….

BOOM!  May 15, 2012!  Funny enough that only a day ago I accepted a Scroll of Resurrection (more on that in a later post) from my brother to join him again in World of Warcraft.  And even funnier is that I noticed by committing to WoW for a solid year I’d get my copy of Diablo III for free (plus the trusty steed [Tyrael’s Charger] to carry my mage around) – something I did in a heartbeat (math isn’t my strongest subject).

So I’m ready.

I’m ready to stand forth in the epic battle of good and evil. I’m ready to watch the never-ending onslaught of the undead meet their end as I rip through level after level. I’m ready to be engulfed by the haunting sounds of the Diablo III soundtrack. Yes. I’m more than ready.

Are you?

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Echoes of War

While I’m busy grooving out to “No Matter the Cost” from the Echoes of War soundtrack, I thought I would spend some time and provide a quick review.

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Echoes of War – courtesy of Jemimus

Echoes of War is the orchestral remastering of tunage from the Blizzard library of games (Diablo, Warcraft, Starcraft, but no Lost Vikings) performed by the Eminence Orchestra. Although some of the tracks are not as familiar for someone who has never really paid much attention to the background muzak (outside of Halo), they all carry such emotion and energy that it’s hard not to find yourself keeping to the beat of the Terran tune “No Matter The Cost.” Or remembering when online play consisted of finding Wirt’s Leg to get to the Cow King when listening to “The Eternal Conflict.” Although the two discs contain only 15 tracks of audio, the cost on iTunes for both was under $20 so I can’t really complain.

For those that have followed me since lyteforce [dot] ca, you’ve probably seen that I have an eclectic taste for music. Whether it be university marching bands to Metallica, I don’t have any particular genre that I’m partial too. Therefore, I would recommend that someone not blindly follow my lead and pick up Echoes of War either from the site or through iTunes (where I did). But for those that wish to unleash their inner gamer nerd and can’t find their Horadric Cube, why not listen to some good music in the meantime? I hear that Deckard Cain gives the soundtrack a solid 3.5 out of 5.

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