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Awesome Music: Death Note
  • A lot of the Death Note soundtrack (particularly the Ominous Latin Chanting tracks), one of these being Domine Kira.
  • Also, Death Note Theme is just as awesome, maybe even more. By the way, this is a fragment of Dies Irae, and this hymn also inspired many other great pieces of music, including Mozart's Requiem.
  • L's theme. So what if it's similar to "Tubular Bells"? That subtracts nothing.
  • And this, which plays practically every episode.
    • For a series that relies heavily on old-style rock/slow rock and epic Latin chanting, there is still a hidden gem that could only be described as sunset, calmness, and love.
  • Near's Theme and Mello's Theme are simply brilliant, like L's.
    • A little bonus Awesome: play Near's Theme and L's first theme at the same time. The themes compliment each other well and seem to echo at times, the way L and Near echo each other.
  • Requiem is not a happy piece, but it is gorgeous, and the lyrics and harmonies and language and everything just encapsulate the scene so perfectly.
  • The two opening themes are all kinds of awesome, especially the second one. What's Up People! is quite likely the most metal and hardcore anime opening to date. With its opening whispers it turns into a roar of power that would rip the ears off of anyone expecting a radio friendly j-pop song. It then proceeds to laugh mercilessly as it bleeds them out culminating with a series of frantic screams that leave you grasping for air. Maximum The Hormone somehow managed to make Death Note more badass. That deserves a fucking medal.
  • Though some people seem to find the first one just as, if not even more, epic.
    • The endings to each season reflect Light Yagami's state of mind at that point in the series. The first emphasizes Light's descent into darkness. The second is about the ascension of Kira to God, as well as foreshadowing his eventual downfall.
  • "God Is Watching You", especially in the scene it appears in. (The Japanese version is quite good as well)
  • From Episode 25, Semblance of Dualism. It's the song that plays at that time.
  • "From this moment on...I'll show you the creation of the new world."
  • Then there's Light's Performance. Take his original theme, reduce it to base elements, grow it up and darken it, layering the same base melody over itself again and again and again and ... It's so simple, but becomes increasingly complex as it goes, and it's ominous and cold and wonderful.
  • All of the theme songs for L, Mello, Near, and even Mikami. They only play when a blow is being struck against Kira, whether or not any of the characters realize it at the time. Think about it. L's is played when he's first introduced, a blow against Kira. Near and Mello's, and again, even Mikami's introductions led to Kira's eventual downfall. And then, every time you hear their music, they're doing something that could potentially catch Kira. Even though Mikami was Kira's proxy, and even God's Right Hand, his introduction was so public that Near was able to take advantage of him, and besides he was the catalyst that brought Kira down.
  • Kyrie 2. Vocal polyphony FTW!
  • Matt's Theme is pretty cool, despite it being about 3x longer than his actual screen time.
  • Hesitation, one of the lesser known soundtracks, is written quite cleverly. If you listen to it, there are constant rhythms which just repeat over and over again, which adds suspense. Also, it sounds a bit like a clock ticking, like you're waiting for something - hence the name Hesitation. The moments where it builds up to something then drops back to normal are also really good at sticking to the name, because it's like you're about to do something, but you hesitate and the opportunity is gone. It's pretty clever.
  • Shinigami World B Smooth and deep.

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