Awesome Music / Berserk

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Berserk makes you hardcore.

Susumu Hirasawa's work for the Berserk series deserves a serious mention. See Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage for the 2000 Dreamcast game soundtrack.
  • "Forces" is probably the best place to start. It plays during Guts's first raid with the Band of the Hawks.
    • Pretty much any variation of Forces.
    • Fun fact: "Forces" is actually a reworking of another song by Hirasawa called "Kajiwotore" (Take the Wheel).
    • If you thought Forces and Kajiwotore were badass enough, you should hear it when they're smashed together.
  • Guts's theme from the series is nothing short of beautiful.
  • "Behelit" is an eerie track that captures Griffith's road to darkness.
  • "Earth" is another beautiful theme. It sounds like a perfect theme for the witches and their nature powers, but they are introduced in the manga long after the anime's ending point so it's a very nice coincidence.
  • Berserk is not without its creepy moments as well, as "Monster" and "Fear" show.
  • And then there's "Murder", which plays as it's all going to hell for the Hawks. Made even more eerie with that Ominous Latin Chanting going on.
  • "Sign" is the opening theme of the PS2 game, and is appropriately awesome. A slower, more melancholy and heroic version plays near the end and is just as awesome. The awesomeness doesn't stop here, for there is a third version of the song too!
  • Hirasawa's done it again with "Aria" (long version here), the opening for the new Berserk Golden Age Arc film trilogy.
  • Need we be reminded of the non-Susumu awesomeness that is "Tell Me Why" by Penpals and "Waiting So Long" by Silver Fins?
  • Shiro Sagisu's score for the new film series is nothing short of breath-taking in its rich texture, and fits the dark fantasy setting of Berserk while expanding it to epic dimensions.
    • "Des Liens Solides (Strong Bonds)" is a gorgeous, romantic orchestral track that plays when Griffith takes Guts to the top of a grassy hill and asks him to join him. You can just feel Griffith's bewitching charisma and how it draws in Guts who stands in front of him, and Casca who watches from behind a tree. The music helps the scene from the manga come to life.
    • "Blood and Guts" is a beautiful piece that perfectly captures the tragic essence of Guts' character (amusingly, the chorus sounds like "GOD HAND GUTS", though that was probably not intentional). More amusingly, if you read the lyrics, they're telling you about his birth and subsequent rotten childhood.
    • From the second film, the thunderous "My Brother", a truly awesome example of Ominous English Chanting. You feel like you're in the front lines with Guts and Griffith in the shadow of Doldrey, about to encounter either death or glory. A real Bash Brothers anthem!
    • From the third film, "Trio F-Dur II", the music played during Guts and Casca's love scene, is in the running for the most beautiful tune in the whole movie trilogy, matching the atmosphere of this interpretation of their scene perfectly. It's actually quite tear jerk worthy.
    • 'Sonate pour piano nº 23', the music that plays in Advent during the Eclipse when Femto rapes Casca, is fitting for such a tragic, grotesque, and horrifying moment. It's the third movement from Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, Opus 57, with the addition of a dissonant and frightening orchestral "scream".
    • Also from the first movie is "Utsukushiki Mono" by Ai. It's the ending theme and is breathtaking. It sings like an inspirational gospel song, but it sounds so uplifting that it'll just raise your spirits. The title translates to "something beautiful" and the song truly is.
  • "Inferno" is the opening of the 2016 anime adaptation, and it is glorious. The lyrics perfectly encapsulate the struggle of Guts and his eternal desire for revenge, and they're set to a frenzied beat. A perfect way to introduce the series to a newer, younger generation.
  • "Ashes" serves as Guts' Leitmotif for the 2016 anime, again courtesy of Hirasawa. Try not to re-create the battle scenes in your mind with this adrenaline-pumping track. You'll fail.
  • A hard-rocking remix of "Blood and Guts" from the movie trilogy serves as Guts's primary Leitmotif.

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