Rend (Original Game Soundtrack)

REND is the official soundtrack to the debut game from Frostkeep Studios. Rend is a team-based survival game set in the fabled universe of Nordic myth. This epic fantasy world is a harsh domain where the strong ascend as gods.

Building the musical identity of the world from the ground up was a daunting task but I found inspiration in unexpected places. As the players start out in the afterlife with nothing and have to craft survival tools with the elements around them I found myself reaching for older and less refined sounding instruments like the Hardanger fiddle, Hurdy Gurdy, Viola Da Gamba and Nyckelharpa. The resonant qualities of these instruments gave the feeling of ancient machines built out of wood and string.

My favorite part about working on this soundtrack was getting to collaborate with Einar Selvik of the Norwegian folk band Wardruna. Einar not only provided some incredibly powerful vocals for a few of the songs but also set them to old Norse poetry. I had the privilege of working with quite a few incredible soloists on Rend, most if not all of whom had never worked on a video game score (at least not when I originally recorded them a couple years ago).

Over the two or so years I worked on this score the scope changed quite a bit. While the initial focus had been smaller, more crude sounding pieces, the world of the game continued to grow into a lush, beautiful and quite varied landscape. This led to the idea of adding the City of Prague Philharmonic as well as more celtic influenced instruments and Bulgarian choir. In the end this score isn't about one place or one cultural influence. It borrows from cultures around the world and gives them an otherworldly setting.

Rend is a very special score for me. One that gave me the opportunity to experiment in ways I hadn't before and to work with some really amazing musicians. I hope you enjoy this soundtrack and let it take you on a journey through the worlds of your imagination.

Track List & Credits

Rend (Original Game Soundtrack) was made possible by the following individuals:

: Composer, Album mix
: Additional Orchestration, Music Prep
: Mastering Engineer (Le Lab Mastering)
1Main Theme3:15
: Composer
: Vocals
2World Tree1:58
: Composer
3Night2:04
: Composer
4Vafthrudnismal1:38
: Composer
: Vocals
5Stagswood1:50
: Composer
6The Roots of Yggdrasil2:16
: Composer
7Frystfel I3:44
: Composer
8Frystfel II4:08
: Composer
9Skarsyre2:07
: Composer
10Highlands I3:58
: Composer
11Highlands II2:09
: Composer
12Myrkfen2:05
: Composer
13Dreadveil1:11
: Composer
14Resurgence2:01
: Composer
15The Divinity Stone2:12
: Composer
16Valhalla2:11
: Composer
17Nidavellir2:04
: Composer
18Hearthhome I2:44
: Composer
19Hearthhome II1:37
: Composer
20Caves2:10
: Composer
21The Bounty of Alfheim2:07
: Composer
22The Reckoning2:28
: Composer
23The Hunt2:48
: Composer
: Vocals

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