Spooky Video Game Music: Dante’s Freezer (The Legend of Spyro: A New Beginning)

Now here’s a track from my childhood nightmares. I also haven’t decided yet if I’ll post the final track of this “set” tomorrow or wait until Halloween. Or do another bonus for Halloween, seeing how I started earlier than intended and missed last year. We’ll see. This is my blog and I can do what I want. If this were slightly less creepy, it could fit a winter set.

The Legend of Spyro is one of my favorite game trilogies of all time and has, arguably, helped make me the person I am today. I am forever chasing whatever the combination of emotions this series gave me was in the first place. I will never be at peace. This game trilogy ruined my existence. Highly recommended.

As a small child I didn’t get the joke with the name but now I do and it fills me with an indescribable joy.

Anyway.

The level is a frozen wasteland, and a lot of the enemies you’ll find here (besides the Apes, of course) are humanoid skeletons that wouldn’t look out of place in World of Warcraft (I have never played a Warcraft, but I know… a lot through pop cultural osmosis and while everyone said LoS ripped off Lord of the Rings I feel like it owes more to games like Warcraft).

In the game proper, there was so much fighting (which changes the music) and other sound effects that I didn’t quite appreciate how creepy this theme was as a child. Naturally once I was able to listen to it outside of the game and with headphones my eyes were opened and there’s no going back.

The track is simple, and that works in its favour. The quiet that prevails makes the loud metallic banging that much more effective and unpleasant. I’ve always liked the use of choirs in this trilogy’s music, and the choir here is no exception, being cold and empty, like a ghost. Something bad happened here, long before Volteer was ever taken here. Light shines here, but it has no warmth or care.

The Ice King awaits.

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