Jukebox Heroes: Black Prophecy’s soundtrack

With just about a year of live operation to its name before closing, Black Prophecy wasn’t really here long enough to cement itself into the minds and hearts of most MMO players. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you never heard of this 2011 spaceship game. It didn’t offer much depth and failed to draw attention to itself even though it was a member of a relatively small subgenre of MMO.

But that’s not what we’re here to talk about, of course. For 2018, I’m working through all of the soundtracks that I have yet to feature in this space, and Black Prophecy will be the first to fling itself out of an airlock and into your heart.

The soundtrack itself is fairly decent, if short, and was composed by Dynamedion, a European company that specializes in video game music. Four composers, a 70-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and “great expense” was used to make this OST. I think it’s well worth your time to explore, so let’s dig this one out of the historical archives!

“Main Theme”

After a quiet, ominous prologue, the main theme explodes in a flurry of action and choral chanting. It’s instantly stirring and even, dare I say, epic. It has that spirit of high adventure that I associate with some of the better moments of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Wing Commander, and I find it suits this style of game perfectly.

“Tyi Theme”

You don’t start out much more sinister than this. Like the main theme, that intro is a red herring so that when the blaring horns and faster tempo jumps out at you, it’s almost startling. I’m a little on the fence about this track; it can be, in parts, really exciting, engaging, too loud, and annoying. I think I come down on the “like” side more than not, which is why I share it here. Almost sounds Star Warsy in parts, if Star Wars was played much faster.

“Epic 1”

Having never played the game, I can only imagine that these tracks helped to underscore some thrilling moments of space duels and missions. Epic 1 sounds like the type of song where you’re running a near-suicide mission to destroy some planet-killing death machine. I’m down with that.

“Mission Pressure”

As you can tell by now, there isn’t a lot of variance or quiet downtime in the Black Prophecy soundtrack. It’s almost all high action music, such as found here. This track is short, clocking in at just over a minute, but it plunges the listener into a tense moment of high stakes. There’s some great and interesting percussion in the background if you can sift past the horns and strings.

“Large 2”

Seriously, just about every track here sounds like it comes from the climactic moment of a spaceship movie. This piece is familiar in its construction and beats, yet it still had me hooked from start to end. There’s a lot of variation and storytelling going on here, even if the game isn’t around any longer to tell that story.

“Credits”

And for laughs and a change of pace, here is the credits theme. Instead of a sweeping orchestral piece, this track is a synth rave that sounds like an old video game track remixed. It’s not subtle or sublime, but I think it’s a pretty fun track even so.

MMOs are meant to be heard as well as seen, and chances are that music ties your memories to these games more than you might realize. Every two weeks Jukebox Heroes listens through a game soundtrack and picks out the highlights to share and discuss. And if you like this column, then don’t miss the author’s MMO music podcast, Battle Bards!
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Emmanuel Carabott

ahh, memories looked so forward to this game and Jump gate evolution… I remember faith didnt really smile upon me, tried to get into the beta but I only got invited on the day I was leaving for my honeymoon :) just had time to install it and play 1 mission before I had to leave.

Just needed more story missions and it would have made for a pretty good space game imho.

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C Easling

Yeah I remember this game, I played when I got a CBT key and was with it almost everyday till it closed its doors. It was a decent game and at the time I was looking for a Space Sim type game because I miss my younger days when I played WC, WC:SM1 & 2, WC2, WC2:SO1 & 2, Freespace 1 and 2.
I do remember that the music was pretty good also.

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John Mynard

I put a few hours into this once upon a time. It was quite pretty, but unfortunately, like most modern Space Fighter Sims it couldn’t decide if it wanted arcade controls or simulation controls.

I lean toward the former. Please God, why can’t they make Freespace 3?

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Nick

Yep, it might be ‘blasphemy’ or some such but a more casual or arcade style space combat MMO would be awesome.

I put quite a few hours into this game as well but it started getting far too repetitive.