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The Assassin's Creed: Valhalla soundtrack is a collection of music tracks written by Danish composer Jesper Kyd, American composer Sarah Schachner, and Norweigan composer Einar Selvik that were used as background music in Assassin's Creed: Valhalla. Players who pre-ordered the Collector's Editions of Valhalla received a CD with select tracks from the game.

Background

A 7-track EP titled Out of the North was announced on July 14, 2020 as a promotion for Valhalla,[2] with the first track for the EP and the main soundtrack released as a preview.[3] The EP's second and final tracks were released early on July 15,[4] and July 16, respectively.[5] A second EP titled The Ravens Saga was announced on August 2, with a release date of August 7. The main theme for Valhalla was released for preview on 6 August.[6] There were no further updates until 2 November, a second track from the main album was released for preview titled "Silent Ambush" ,[7] and fan site Access the Animus revealed the album cover, number of tracks, and release date.[8] On 5 November, a third track from the main album was released titled "The First Departure". It would be the final track audiences could preview, as Valhalla launched internationally just five days later.[9]

Composition

When writing the music, all three composers wanted the game's main theme to evoke an atmosphere of uncertain mystery to reflect the hope of the Raven Clan Vikings and Eivor as they left Norway in search of a better future in England, highlighting the intensity of emotion as the voyagers' family bonds would be tested to the limit now that they had separated from the main group.[10]

For her tracks, Schachner drew inspiration from archaeologist Max Adams' book, The Viking Wars: War and Peace in King Alfred's Britain: 789 - 955,[11] which sparked ideas on how to musically emulate the Viking and Anglo-Saxon cultures merging as the Norsemen were absorbed into an Anglo-Scandinavian society.[12] She achieved this by relying on a mix of instruments from each region, such as the Scandinavian lyre known as a tagelharpa and the Celtic carnyx from Scotland,[10] gradually foreshadowing the two peoples joining in her tracks. When writing "The First Departure" from the album's beginning, Schachner wanted the somber tune to give listeners the auditory sensation of Vikings drawn from a war-torn Norway to lucrative farmland,[9] while "The Sceptered Isle" from later in-game came after reading in Adams' book on Vikings converting from their beliefs to Christianity,[11] and so has Norse lyrics from a runic inscription sung over an Old English church harmony.[12]

A Dane himself, Kyd was surrounded by exaggerated bits of Viking lore all his life, but felt a need for Valhalla's album to look past the wild stories told and find the true history written down. He was particularly drawn to the fact that stories of life being cyclical, ending and restarting in flames like the Poetic Edda's Ragnarök cycle, were written during centuries of climate instability which produced countless volcanic eruptions where the ash plumes blocked the sun, lowering global temperatures and drastically inhibiting farming attempts at higher latitudes.[11]

This idea of rebirth stuck with him, and he tried to ensure that as much of his repertoire as possible was either from the Viking era, or sounded like they would have naturally accompanied those instruments as they backed retellings of the epic cycles. His score predominantly used winds[11] and strings.[10] In his research, he found that much music claiming to be "Viking-inspired" was too dark and pulsating, reflecting how society still sees them as no more than brutish warriors bent on violence.[11] By using metaphorically lighter instruments, Kyd hoped to bring a sense of spirituality to Valhalla, reminding players of the bonds of family[12] or the rugged majesty of the snow-capped mountains and fjords, as he tried to convey in the track "Out of the North".[2]

The strings were then accentuated with the melody played on metallic drums. Other contemporary instruments heard throughout the score included harps, Viking horns, bass flutes, and fiddles, all of which were blended with sounds from a mixing console.[10] To enhance the effect of already-old instruments, Kyd added sounds from guitars, a Eurorack modular synthesizer, and both the Yamaha CS-80 and Prophet 10 analog synthesizers recorded through a Danelectro amp from the 1950s[11]

For both Schachner and Kyd, the score provided a chance to familiarize themselves with more exotic stringed instruments beyond their usual repertoire. Schachner acquired bass and alto tagelharpas and a plucked lyre, all strung with horse-hair, while Kyd learned how to use the Eastern European rebec, the Welsh crwth, and the Mongolian morin khuur.[10]

All three composers worked on Valhalla's main theme. Asked about the haunting melody played on string, Schachner said that she wanted the double-tempo cue to initially feel ambiguous in its repetition, as if tensely waiting for longships to emerge from fog, before exploding in crescendo to represent Eivor's epic journey in the game. At the same time, Kyd wrote initial accompanying vocals concepts for Selvik, who relied on his twenty years of experience in Norse ethnomusicology and lyrical compositions to bring out the necessary emotion embedded in recreations of Norwegian music.[10]

Track listing

  1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla Main Theme (feat. Einar Selvik) - 3:25
  2. Out of the North - 3:48
  3. Shadow-Walker - 2:22
  4. The First Departure - 2:42
  5. Wave Walker - 2:53
  6. Leofirth's Honor - 2:01
  7. When Horns Resound - 2:34
  8. Horni Hljomar - When Horns Resound - 4:38
  9. Frozen Lands - 4:29
  10. Kingdom of East Anglia - 5:39
  11. The Bounteous Earth - 3:14
  12. Asgard Hall of the Aesir (feat. Einar Selvik) - 3:42
  13. The Bearded Axe (feat. Einar Selvik) - 3:06
  14. Valhalla Nights - 2:17
  15. Drenglynda Skáldið - The Steadfast Skald - 2:21
  16. Bifröst - 3:00
  17. Silent Ambush - 3:03
  18. The Fate of East Mercia - 3:42
  19. Fulke's Destiny - 2:03
  20. Trust the Currents - 2:49
  21. Leaving Valhalla - 1:30
  22. The Swarming - 3:06
  23. Kingdom of Wessex - 3:39
  24. Father of Gods - 2:30
  25. Rivers and Fjords - 1:19
  26. Vigahugr - Lust for Battle - 5:38
  27. Clouds Over Northumbria - 3:42
  28. Ravensthorpe - 2:52
  29. Jarls, Karls, and Thralls - 2:18
  30. The Frozen North - 3:07
  31. Raids of Rage - 2:44
  32. Helreið Oðins - Odin's Ride to Hel - 5:07
  33. Nott - 2:41
  34. To the Next World - 2:37
  35. Animus Anomaly - 3:38
  36. Son of Fjord - 4:15
  37. The Sceptered Isle - 2:22
  38. Hausbrjótr – Skullcrusher - 5:21
  39. New People, Old Empires - 3:17
  40. Fury of the Northmen - 2:33
  41. Absence of Light - 3:03
  42. Knowledge of the Birds - 3:00
  43. Carry Me to Valhalla - 3:17
  44. Loki's Return - 1:45
  45. Blood Red Sails - 2:36
  46. Hrafnsmál - The Words of the Raven - 3:05
  47. Ezio's Family - Ascending to Valhalla (feat. Einar Selvik) - 3:51

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Wave Of Giants

  1. Vigahugr - Lust For Battle - 04:43
  2. Dagar eru Taldir - Days Are Numbered - 04:06
  3. Drenglynda Skáldið - The Steadfast Skald (Skaldic version) - 03:39
  4. Lof hins Gjafmilda - Honour To The Generous - 03:11
  5. Helreið Oðins - Odin’s Ride To Hel - 05:02
  6. Til Vinskapar - To Friendship - (Skaldic version) 03:22
  7. Hrafnsmál - The Words Of The Raven - 05:20
  8. Hausbrjótr - Skullcrusher - 05:18
  9. Rúnar skaltu Kunna - Those Runes You Must Know - 03:47
  10. Vegurinn til Valhallar - The Way to Valhöll - 05:28

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Out of the North


  1. Out of the North - 3:47
  2. The Sceptered Isle - 2:13
  3. Holmgang - 1:36
  4. Kingdom of Wessex - 3:41
  5. The Tree of Life - 2:31
  6. The Guardian - 1:33
  7. Hrafnsmál - The Words of the Raven - 5:20

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Ravens Saga


  1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla Main Theme - 3:15
  2. Son of Fjord - 4:15
  3. Asgard - Hall of the Aesir - 3:28
  4. Hausbrjótr - Skullcrusher - 5:15
  5. Odin's Plunder - 2:41
  6. The Well of Wyrd - 2:45
  7. Vígahugr - Lust for Battle (skaldic version) - 2:20
  8. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Ravens Saga (album preview) - 03:32

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Sons of the Great North


  1. Out of the North - 3:49
  2. The Bounteous Earth - 3:15
  3. Absence of Light - 3:05
  4. Silent Ambush - 3:04
  5. Kingdom of Wessex - 3:39
  6. Nightfall in Wessex - 3:50
  7. The End of The World - 2:42
  8. Leofirth’s Honor - 2:01
  9. East Anglia on Horseback - 2:16
  10. Bifrost - 3:00
  11. Visions on a Mountain Peak - 1:56
  12. Son of Fjord - 4:15
  13. Unearthing - 2:03
  14. Shadow-Walker - 2:26
  15. Holmgang - 1:34
  16. The Frozen North - 3:08
  17. Fulke's Destiny - 2:04
  18. Unharmed Go Forth - 2:46
  19. Nott - 2:42
  20. The Hidden Truth - 2:05
  21. Animus Anomaly - 3:39
  22. Kingdom of East Anglia 5:36
  23. Encounter in the Woodlands - 2:31
  24. The Well of Wyrd - 2:48
  25. Jotunheim - 2:28
  26. Cordelia's Vengeance - 2:39
  27. Clouds Over Northumbria - 3:40
  28. The Wanderer - 2:15
  29. Spirit of the Raven - 2:09
  30. Closing In on the Kill - 1:53
  31. Raids and Pillage - 3:37
  32. Rued vs Oswald - 1:37
  33. Plains of East Anglia - 3:05
  34. Sons of the Great North - 2:45
  35. The Helm of Awe - 1:59
  36. Valhalla Nights - 2:18
  37. Return to Norway - 3:15
  38. The Norse Giants - 2:22
  39. Beserker - 2:59
  40. Arcane Memories - 3:21
  41. Leaving Valhalla - 1:32
  42. Goodwin's Honor - 2:05
  43. Reflections in East Anglia - 4:28
  44. Sunstones - 2:25
  45. Peak of the Mountains - 2:57
  46. Alpha Animals - 2:19
  47. Dagr - 3:09
  48. Loki's Return - 1:42
  49. The Present - 2:44
  50. Ezio's Family - Ascending to Valhalla (feat. Einar Selvik) - 3:54

Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Twilight of the Gods


  1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla Main Theme (feat. Einar Selvik) (Sarah Schachner & Jesper Kyd) - 3:15
  2. Frozen Lands - 3:59
  3. The First Departure - 2:26
  4. Dark and Terrible Dreams - 2:08
  5. Voices of Fornburg - 2:03
  6. Fury of the Northmen - 2:15
  7. In the Splendor of the Moon - 4:36
  8. Ragnarok - Twilight of the Gods (feat. Einar Selvik) - 3:15
  9. Father of Gods - 2:19
  10. The Fate of East Mercia - 3:21
  11. Asgard Hall of the Aesir (feat. Einar Selvik) - 3:28
  12. Thunderstone - 1:51
  13. The Tree of Life - 2:32
  14. The Sceptred Isle - 2:13
  15. Land of the Northern - 2:47
  16. The Bearded Axe (feat. Einar Selvik) - 2:51
  17. Sigurd's Choice - 2:00
  18. Wave Walker - 2:40
  19. Duals on the Cloak - 2:17
  20. In the Twilight of Peace - 2:00
  21. New People, Old Empires - 2:59
  22. Jarls, Karls, and Thralls - 2:00
  23. Locate the Sun - 2:23
  24. Ravensthorpe - 2:43
  25. Odin's Plunder - 2:42
  26. Ambush by Cutthroats - 1:54
  27. Trust the Currents - 2:33
  28. Viking Blood, English Veins - 1:49
  29. Finding Fenrir - 1:15
  30. Carry Me to Valhalla - 3:01
  31. The Guardian - 1:31
  32. Open Sky's Door - 3:01
  33. Blood Red Sails - 2:16
  34. Uncharted Waters - 3:05
  35. Blood Tide - 2:19
  36. Mystic Runes - 0:56
  37. Traders and Raiders - 2:33
  38. The Swarming - 2:54
  39. Saxon Blood - 2:18
  40. Cheating Death - 1:59
  41. Contrary Winds - 1:54
  42. Eivor's Revenge - 2:20
  43. Strike Forth into the Thorns and Brambles - 2:40
  44. All Things Must End - 2:05
  45. Storm of Terror - 2:44
  46. Raven of the Wind - 2:57
  47. Sea Thieves - 1:27
  48. To the Next World - 2:25
  49. A Murder of Two - 2:39
  50. Rivers and Fjords - 1:07
  51. Raids of Rage - 2:37
  52. Knowledge of the Birds - 2:36
  53. Celestial Dreams - 2:18

Collector's Edition

While marketed as an "original soundtrack", the Collector's Edition disc was actually a compilation of the two EP albums, with the sole difference being that the track order was rearranged from that of their original albums.

  1. Assassin's Creed Valhalla Main Theme - 3:15
  2. Kingdom of Wessex - 3:41
  3. The Sceptered Isle - 2:13
  4. Hrafnsmál - The Words of the Raven - 5:20
  5. Out of the North - 3:47
  6. Holmgang - 1:36
  7. Asgard - Hall of the Aesir - 3:28
  8. Hausbrjótr - Skullcrusher - 5:15
  9. Son of Fjord - 4:15
  10. Odin's Plunder - 2:41
  11. The Well of Wyrd - 2:45
  12. The Tree of Life - 2:31
  13. The Guardian - 1:33
  14. Vígahugr - Lust for Battle (skaldic version) - 2:20

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Maguid, Youssef (12 May, 2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Composers and Songwriter Revealed. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on May 12, 2020. Retrieved on May 12, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Miller, Matt (14 July, 2020). Listen To An Exclusive New Musical Theme From Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Game Informer. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved on July 15, 2020.
  3. YouTube.png Jesper Kyd - Out Of The North - Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Out Of The North (EP) on the Lakeshore Records YouTube channel
  4. Chitwood, Adam (15 July, 2020). Listen to an Exclusive Assassin's Creed Valhalla Track from Sarah Schachner's Score. Collider. Archived from the original on July 16, 2020. Retrieved on July 15, 2020.
    YouTube.png Sarah Schachner - The Sceptred Isle - Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Out Of The North on the Lakeshore Records YouTube channel
  5. YouTube.png Einar Selvik - Hrafnsmál - The Words of the Raven - Assassin's Creed Valhalla - Out Of The North on the Lakeshore Records YouTube channel
  6. YouTube.png Assassin's Creed Valhalla Main Theme (feat. Einar Selvik) on the Lakeshore Records YouTube channel
  7. YouTube.png Jesper Kyd - Silent Ambush - Assassin's Creed Valhalla Original Game Soundtrack on the Lakeshore Records YouTube channel
  8. Twitter.png Access the Animus (@AccessTheAnimus) on Twitter "Lakeshore Records and Under The Radar have shared a new track from #AssassinsCreed Valhalla's soundtrack, called "Silent Ambush" by Jesper Kyd, which you can find here: youtube.com/watch?v=lm9XFc... The full 47-track album has also be announced to be digitally released on November 13! pic.twitter.com/0RGC80GE90" (screenshot)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ruppert, Lianna (5 November, 2020). Listen To Exclusive New Music Track From Assassin's Creed: Valhalla With 'The First Departure'. GameInformer. Archived from the original on November 5, 2020. Retrieved on November 13, 2020.
    YouTube.png Sarah Schachner - The First Departure - Assassin's Creed Valhalla Original Game Soundtrack on the Lakeshore Records YouTube channel
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Maguid, Youssef (7 August, 2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Composers Reveal How They Created The Main Theme. Ubisoft. Archived from the original on August 10, 2020. Retrieved on November 13, 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Chesler, Josh (5 November, 2020). Assassin's Creed Valhalla Blends Traditional Viking Sounds With a Modern Gaming Soundtrack. SPIN. Archived from the original on November 5, 2020. Retrieved on November 13, 2020.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Ames, Jeff (17 July, 2020). Listen to Tracks from the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Soundtrack!. ComingSoon.net. Archived from the original on July 26, 2020. Retrieved on November 13, 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Twitter.png Jesper Kyd (@JesperKyd) on Twitter "The @assassinscreed Valhalla "Out of the North" EP is out! Includes "Kingdom of Wessex" featuring vocals by #MelissaRKaplan." (screenshot)