||As a DM or Judge, it can sometimes be difficult to paint a unique ?word picture? for your players when their characters stumble into yet another dungeon or fight yet another group of goblins and orcs. When the party encounters a group of cultists performing some sort of chant or incantation to an otherworldly being bent on destruction, it might seem a bit too familiar if this is the third or fourth group of cultists the party has come up against.
A DM can use music to help enhance the story and scene, but if the DM uses an overly familiar piece of music (like a bit of music from the soundtrack of ?Lord of the Rings? or ?Conan the Barbarian?), now he or she may have to fight against any preconceptions in mood and storytelling the players may now have as a result of hearing that familiar music.
This track from Bailey Records is an alternative to this scenario. Titled ?Hilltop Incantations,? this three-minute-fifteen-second track suggests exactly that - some sort of religious or supernatural ceremony is taking place in an isolated location (like a hilltop). A rhythmic drum beat (complete with bells or cymbals?) introduces the ceremony and pulls the listeners/players closer to the action. At the end of the first minute, the tempo changes, which could imply a change in tempo at the ceremony, or perhaps even worse, the player-characters have been caught spying on this holy (or unholy) event.
Because of this change in tempo (another change in tempo occurs after another minute), this is a piece of music that can be set to repeat itself throughout an entire encounter without the music becoming monotonous.
This is a fun piece of music that has a definite dark edge, and it could add an extra touch or two to your game.
LIKED: I wrote this review from a Dungeons & Dragons player viewpoint, but it could also be easily used in a d20 Modern game or especially a Call of Cthulhu session. It's a versatile piece of music that is sure to inspire a dark mood when it's needed at the game table.
DISLIKED: I have little complaint - this is a great piece of inspiring music. Perhaps it could have been a bit longer?
VALUE: Very Satisfied
[5 of 5 Stars!]