Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Land Soundtrack by KalandraRelease date: April 8, 2022
Label: By Norse Music
Whenever I play a video game on my XBOX console, all I can I remember is the music. From the first two Dead Space games, the BioShock franchise, Blasphemous, Telltale Games’ The Wolf Among Us, Firewatch, and CONTROL. The music itself not only stays with you, but it resonates players for the rest of their lives.
That and the score to Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Land, is like a painting that has been brought to life from Kalandra. They are an alternative Nordic pop band considering guitarists Jogeir Daae Mæland and Florian Bernhard Döderlein Winter, vocalist Katrine Stenbekk, and drummer Oskar Johnsen Rydh.
According to their Soundcloud page, their music is “weaving ethereal melodies into raw & eerie landscapes.” Formed in 2011 in Oslo, Kalandra have released three EPs, and their first full-length studio album unleashed two years ago entitled, The Line.
For Kalandra to dive into the ocean of video game scores of Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Land, it must have been a big massive step for them to walk into those doors to see how they would tackle it. Published by Raw Fury, the same company who did the incredible ‘30s adventure puzzle game Call of the Sea, the campaign takes place in 1000 C.E., it is set in the world of the Kingdom Two Crowns expansion with unique ways to build, defend, conquer, and visit.
Kalandra’s music for the game is an exotic atmosphere filled with these mysterious location whenever the player rides into these various landscapes they take you into. It has a sense of remembrance, mournful sequences, and the fight for survival.
The sun-rising effect comes tom mind. You start this new chapter in your life whilst the big yellow light is over the horizon. There is a nod to both Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and the late, great James Horner that comes to mind, but Kalandra bring a lot of those galloping structures, knowing that the challenge they got themselves into, just got bigger.
But once the battle begins, the alarm bells start ringing. It becomes intense, in-your-face, and a fight to the death. There’s some goose-bumping momentum that comes at you unexpectedly while Kalandra take the long journey home. Not only that, but the battle will take a toll on the main protagonist, and he will never be the same again.
The score to Kingdom Two Crowns: Norse Land is like finding a diamond in the rough, but it has a lot of soul-searching beauty that will take both the gamer and listener to unknown worlds that awaits us. It’s a cavernous wonder that is quite a spiritual journey that will be with you for the rest of time.