Boss Fight Music

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Boss Fight Music

#1 Postby iskandar » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:25 am

Marshall types only, posse members scram! some major spoilers here so shoo.

It always helps to have thematic music, creepy stuff and the like for when you're investigating the horrors of the west, but eventually there comes a time for putting ambulatory extremities to excretory orifices. I always saw boss fights as the time to cut the horror and let the posse loose, mostly because they know the plot and have seen the blood now its time to get revenge. Thus, this music is a list that is sort of westerny but more to really set a good atmosphere for a huge boss fight, once the gut checks have been passed and the fear quenched its time to kill some evil and here are some tunes.

Shaman's Harvest- Broken Dreams (A.K.A the Drew Mcytntyre song for you WWE fans)- good song for more sinister quiet villains, especially mental ones that use telepathy and the like. Ideal for early villains when the posse is still kind of week, the type of people who seem really strong but still go down.

Superhuman- Modern Day Zero- One or two NSFW words in there and not very western, but great for the uber intense final showdown. I always planned on using it for a chase scene style boss fight where I don't let my players think too much and instead make them act on the spot. Just so intense and awesome, if a bit not old west, works great for wasted west though.

RTPN- Extacy- Electronica and Metal combined do not make a good weird west song, but this would be a sweet tune for a showdown with a combine cyborg in a factory.

3:10 to Yuma theme- 3:10 to Yuma. This is an awesome song for the final duel between a posse member and someone who has caused them enormous pain. Quiet, subdued and chilling, the perfect song for a posse member as he faces his brother's killer in a test of wills over a dust swept street. Hell, maybe even facing down Stone in a final gunfight once you get some bullets from his old regiment

God's Gonna Cut You Down- Johnny Cash. There's killing an opponent and then there is killing him with style. Great song for the mashall to play when the boss is on his last legs, especially if its the main boss of the campaign. Been fixin on playing this song as the fight at the end of the flood enters its last legs. The posse is bleeden and struggling to hold on, the wave is approaching, grimme is becoming more and more desperate and then God's gonna cut you down starts playing as the posse finally triumphs. Almost would make a perfect slow motion montage for the climax of the movie.

The Regulator- Clutch. Where as the 3:10 to yuma theme is great for an intensely personally charged final duel, this is the song for a o.k. corral type fight. I always saw a boss fight using this song as two gangs approaching each other down the streets of an abandoned town. On the one side, the posse, gunslingers loosening their guns, hucksters with their cards already, voodooists calling on the loa and mad scientists getting their miniguns all warmed up. On the other side, the gang which they have been chasing for some time now, grinning evily and doing the same. And then the crescendo hits and the combat rounds begin. Timing is important with songs.

Here is what I have so far, what do people think?

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#2 Postby The Stray » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:20 pm

I have a few songs I love using myself. I tend to cull Western soundtracks, especially Ennio Morricone stuff, because that guy is god when it comes to mood music.

"The Rider No. 2" from The Proposition: This song starts out slow and creepy, then gets wild and scary. Perfect for a jarring attack out of nowhere.

"The Big Gundown" from La Resa Dei Conti (The Big Gundown in the US): Excellent building theme. This music was used in a chase scene, but can be used any time you have a Calvary charge, a chase, or any other badass scene.

"The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: Classic piece of western music. The version I'm linking to here is the Metallica version.

"The Man with the Harmonica" from Once Upon A Time in The West: Another classic. This one is slower and more's perfect Deadlands music. I've linked the Apollo 440 version.
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