Those of you who know me well are aware that I am an enormous Two Steps from Hell fanatic. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Two Steps from Hell, TSfH is an epic music group that produces orchestra/choir music for use in movie trailers, promotional material, etc. (“Epic” is used as a category here, not an adjective – though epic is certainly an adjective that could be used to describe TSfH’s music). Two Steps from Hell has two members – Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix – who compose and conduct every song the group produces. I never sit down to work on my novels without putting on a Two Steps from Hell playlist.
Two Steps from Hell’s newest album, Battlecry, is scheduled to release April 28. It would be a gross understatement to say that I’m frickin‘ excited. The last album they released – Sun – exceeded all of my expectations in every way, and I’m certain Battlecry will only deliver more of the pulse-pounding, heartrending, jaw-dropping music for which TSfH is now famous. Since I pre-ordered the album the literal second after I found out about the new release (naturally), I’ve gotten to listen to a few of the advance tracks, and, I assure you, they are spectacular.
For those of you who’ve never heard of TSfH, I strongly encourage you to try give their music a try. I could attempt to describe it, but I really wouldn’t be able to do it justice. Try listening to the song I’ve included here, “Heart of Courage”, (possibly TSfH’s most famous song) from the album Invincible. If you’re new to Two Steps from Hell, but you’d like to discover more of their fantastic music, I’d recommend starting with Invincible, their first public album. Or, give Battlecry a shot – I’m sure it won’t disappoint.