Hozier’s “Blood Upon the Snow” for God of Struggle Sport: Unique
The hype has been constructing for God of Struggle: Ragnarök (out November ninth on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4), the most recent installment of the hit online game sequence. Not solely is it the primary new God of Struggle recreation in 4 years, it marks the tip of the “Norse” sequence, which facilities round Norse mythology and follows protagonist Kratos and his teenage son, Atreus.
As thrilling as the brand new God of Struggle is for followers, there’s one thing totally different about this launch than the standard fare: Irish singer and songwriter Hozier has teamed up with the sport’s composer, Bear McCreary, for a brand new music to accompany the official Ragnarök soundtrack, out the identical day as the sport. The monitor, titled “Blood Upon the Snow,” is a daring, cinematic quantity that hits in any respect the thematic notes of God of Struggle: Ragnarök, and finds Hozier utilizing his signature velvety tone to evoke each tenderness and awe.
It’s been a protracted few years for Hozier, who launched his sophomore LP, Wasteland, Child, in 2019 to widespread success, however has stayed comparatively quiet because the daybreak of the pandemic. Except for a collaboration with producer Meduza final 12 months, Hozier has been maintaining his head down centered on his upcoming third album, releasing just one music, “Swan Upon Leda.” Now comes “Blood Upon the Snow,” which you’ll be able to hear now by way of its accompanying lyric video right here:
For sure, Hozier’s very excited for the collaboration to be launched, and for the sport to succeed in audiences all over the world. “I’m within the digital arts as a maturing medium,” Hozier tells Consequence over Zoom. “The earlier launch in that sequence was some type of a game-changing (no pun supposed), cinematic achievement. And I used to be fairly impressed with a imaginative and prescient that was going to take a narrative and possibly 30 hours of a journey with out one digital camera reduce.”
He praised the collaborative spirit between him, Bear McCreary, and the sport’s director, Eric Williams. And although “Blood Upon the Snow” encompasses a extra dramatic, classical model, his new music received’t essentially echo the identical sonics. “We had been making an attempt to hit the beats of sure themes and making an attempt to make it work for the universe of the sport, to make it work in sympathy with Eric Williams’ imaginative and prescient and Bear’s imaginative and prescient as properly, too,” says Hozier, “So it’s good to type of flex a unique muscle.”
This can be Hozier’s first music for a online game, however his talents as a storyteller and powerhouse vocalist have been on show since his 2014 self-titled debut. As he hits a hovering excessive word in climax of “Blood Upon the Snow,” it’s clear that the world may use some extra Hozier music sooner or later.
Forward of the discharge of God of Struggle: Ragnarök and the God of Struggle: Ragnarök (Authentic Soundtrack), Hozier sat down with Consequence to debate crafting “Blood Upon the Snow,” utilizing the pure world and the sport’s narrative as inspiration, his love of the digital arts, and the standing of Hozier’s yet-to-be-announced third LP. Learn under for the complete Q&A with Hozier, plus watch a behind-the-scenes mini-doc of the recording course of that went into “Blood Upon the Snow.”