Game music of the day: Epic shredfests in Lords of Thunder

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April 22, 2010

Game: Lords of Thunder

Song: Cielom area

Composer: Not sure, could be T's Music

Above: Cielom from Lords of Thunder

Today's track comes from a time when videogames were stuck in a bizarre technological middle ground. In the early '90s, plenty of consoles still featured graphics that were barely better than an NES or Super NES, but thanks to their CD format were capable of high-quality orchestral scores or true-to-life recordings of actual instruments. The result was a period of games that look like ass but sound flat-out amazing, and Lords of Thunder is one of the best possible examples of this audio-visual juxtaposition.

A passing glance reveals a typical 2D shooter, one filled with hundreds of enemies rushing across the screen, each blasting projectiles and laser beams and all other manner of weapons while volcanoes explode and a face-melting guitar solo rips the sky in half and angels descend into hell itself, taking you down fiery caverns laced with spiked balls, dragons made of lava and living suits of armor bent on air-guitaring the Earth into oblivion. Holy hell, was that all one sentence?

Above: More unbelievable rockin' from the Bosque area

So yeah, the music is intense. Honestly, every single screen, menu and level is screaming with some of the loudest heavy metal I've ever heard in a game. It's truly nuts, and makes the otherwise routine Lords of Thunder an unforgettable experience. Even the game over music never lets up.

Above: Some sample gameplay. Make sure everything is tied down

Lords of Thunder was a marquee title for the TurboDuo (which you've never played) and ported to Sega CD later (another platform you're likely not overly fond of), but it's thankfully been on Wii's Virtual Console for quite some time. Do check it out, along with its predecessor Gates of Thunder.


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Main theme by Fujita and Tamiya


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  • ZiegZeon - June 13, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    This game is awesome, and so is the music in it, but it is BALL BUSTINGLY hard if your not used to hardcore shmups.
  • CaptainSpatula - April 23, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    Holy crap, did they get Ingwie Malmsteen to record this? If a game is this face-meltingly awesome how come I've never played it?
  • mEgAzD - April 23, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    I just love the OST for Lords of Thunder. Hard-Rock awesomeness
  • banovism - April 23, 2010 2:51 p.m. "Hudson's CD Game Music Collection '93" According to this CD listed on this website, the composer was Satoshi Miyashita. I actually bought this game three days ago, and the music was definitely had influence on my decision; great article. Oh, and if you're a dork like me and want to know more about this game's history and hear the difference between the Sega CD and TurboGrafx-CD mixes, then head over here:
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 23, 2010 7:44 a.m.

    More like 'Lords of Funder', amirite!
  • MetalGearFlaccid - April 23, 2010 6 a.m.

  • CatrParrot - April 23, 2010 5:12 a.m.

    Holy shit, that DOES sound like Dragonforce!
  • Starplatinum - April 23, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    @hardcore_gamer1990 That's exactly what I thought too! Man I love game music and all but I never thought it could rock so hard. Almost wished I had a TurboDuo growing up...
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - April 23, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    Reminds me of Dragonforce...
  • FalconMbuster - April 22, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    God, that music is worth the price of admission alone. Might wanna get that...
  • Ramijiman - April 22, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    WOW!!! fucking badass!!!
  • beardo180 - April 22, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    this song is badass, i gotta check this game out

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