Awesome Music: RWBY
Steve Goldshein, Alex Abraham and Jeff Williams (and his daughter Casey) are just plain incredible at what they do. Every episode has a versatile soundtrack that makes the show all the more worth it to watch. From soft piano reprises and tear jerking pieces from episodes like "The Stray" to might-as-well-be-making-a-music-video from the team fights in "Players and Pieces" and "Painting the Town", the music has a life of its own and brings both the fight animations and the voice acting up to a much higher level. Honestly, it's much more challenging to find examples of pieces that AREN'T examples of awesome music than to find ones that are. Nevertheless, the list below showcases some of the best and brightest work from the RWBY soundtrack.
- The trailer music:
- Special mention to "Red Like Roses Part II". Awesome battle music, heartbreaking lyrics. The song was actually so popular that the version that played during Episode 8 was released as a single before the OST came out. The full song wasn't even finished at the time. The finished version just expands the awesomeness and tragedy. The second verse is of the missing person, who tries to justify her actions while begging the first singer not to live her life as she did. The third verse, a duet, becomes an angry argument between the two which ends with:
Every nightmare just discloses
It's your blood that's red like roses
- The opening theme, "This Will Be The Day", is pretty awesome. Same for the acoustic version included on the Volume 2 soundtrack.
- "I May Fall", which plays through the credits. It's basically Aragorn's Return of the King speech in song form.
- The most emotional song of Volume 1, "Wings". It's the credits song for final episode, "Black and White", and the movie cut. It is incredibly moving.
- Jaune and Pyrrha's theme is a serene, atmospheric piece that perfectly counterpoints their scenes together.
- "Time to Say Goodbye", Volume 2's Opening Theme, noticeably has a certain Serial Escalation on "This Will Be The Day". The latter was encouraging one to Dare to Be Badass. The former goes farther by explaining, there's no waiting for the right time. Take your roles as heroes or people will die. Even if you're not sure that you're doing the right thing...
Are we heroes keeping peace?
Or are we weapons
Pointed at the enemy
So someone else can
Claim a victory...
- While the food fight between RWBY and JNPR at the start of volume two has a great tune to it on its own, it also incorporates snippets of the themes for each member of RWBY depending on who's center stage during the fight before reaching its climax with a bit from "Red Like Roses". That theme is part of a 9 minute song called "Best Day Ever". Even better, the portion that plays when Ruby ends the fight is now the theme for Rooster Teeth Animation!
- The ending song of "A Minor Hiccup" named "All Our Days", a beautiful follow-up to Volume 1's "Gold" about Yang's love and admiration for her little sister.
- During Team RWBY's fight with Torchwick's Atlesian Paladin mecha in "Painting the Town," a rockin' blood-pumping song called "Die" kicks in when Yang's power kicks in to turn the tides against Torchwick. The full version is even better.
- During the Rooster Teeth Extra Life live stream, Jeff Williams released the full version of Shine, used when Team JNPR perform a cheesy, yet awesome dance number in "Dance Dance Infiltration". Going off of the lyrics, it's about Pyrrha's feelings towards Jaune, and how grateful she is for having him in her life.
- "Caffeine" is a dynamic rock song that perfectly highlights how Bad Ass the members of Team CFVY are, playing as they easily wipe out swarms of Grimm. It may also have contributed to Coco instantly becoming an Ensemble Darkhorse. Not to mention how many songs out there are about going crazy on caffeine, even a small rap about coffee.
- "Sacrifice". Aside from notable lyrics and music, it is famous for causing mass debate among fans over every line's meaning. It is also not clear whom the song describes.
- "When It Falls", the new opening theme. Not only does the song take a darker tone musically from the past two openings, but also visually and thematically. It has no qualms in showing that this will be the world's Darkest Hour. After "Fall", this opening easily fits with the tone of the volume.
- Basically all of the battle music from episodes 1-4.
- The fight between Team RWBY and Team ABRN provides us with a kickass song called "It's My Turn".
- During Team SSSN's fight, an incredibly cool Pirate-styled theme plays, complete with Adventurous Irish Violins.
- Qrow and Winter get background music that's slightly reminiscent of JRPGs and Touhou during their brawl. It's effectively a mashup of their respective leitmotifs, too.
- In the fight between CFVY's duo and our villains, Jeff sings "I'm The One", a song that harkens back to the days of Red vs. Blue: The Project Freelancer Saga with its hard and fast nature. Part of its lyrics allude to exactly how dangerous Emerald and Mercury are, even when faced with established badasses such as Coco and Yatsuhashi.
I'm the one that your mother said,
"Don't mess with them or you'll end up dead!"
Dead, dead, dead and you'll fall where you are!
- At the very end of Weiss + Winter's talk ('Lessons Learned'), we get a little uplifting reprise of 'Mirror, Mirror':
Some believe in fairy stories, and the ghosts that they can see.
I know that I could do so much, if I could just believe in me.
Mirror Mirror, I'll tell you something. I think I might change it all.
- The fight between Weiss, Yang and team FNKI is set to jazzy remixes of "This Will Be The Day" and "I Burn". And before those, a techno song plays during the very beginning of the battle whose lyrics seem to be from Neon's point of view.
- "Fall" follows it up with a metal remix of "I Burn" that plays when Yang starts getting her Heroic Second Wind against Mercury, and a sad piano remix of "I Burn" playing when Yang is arrested after her incident with Mercury. Not that you'll really notice the latter.
- In Episode 7, when Amber goes all "Maiden-state", it's accompanied by an Ethereal Choir backed by Jeff's powerful guitar work, pumping up the awesome of the scene.
- Threat Level: Nine. The ominous, choral soundtrack to all of the shit hitting all of the fans in "PVP". GOD DAMN.
- "Battle of Beacon" features a few memorable instrumental renditions.
- A somber piano and viola rendition of "When It Falls" plays in the opening scenes of Blake and Weiss at the overrun fairgrounds, Yang and Zwei at Beacon Academy and Ruby and Pyrrha in the aftermath of what happened to Penny at the Amity Coliseum.
- An orchestral Triumphant Reprise of "Time to Say Goodbye" called "Taking Up Arms" is played when the Nevermore attacking the stadium is taken down in a concerted effort by Teams JNPR, ABRN, FNKI, SSSN and CFVY.
- Ironwood's bombastic leitmotif blares again during his showdown against an Alpha Beowolf, only this time it's accompanied by rocky guitars.
- Right when Blake discovers Adam, an organ version of the opening lines of "From Shadows" plays.
- "Heroes and Monsters" has "I May Fall" return as a Theme Music Powerup for Velvet and Weiss.
- The last moments of "Heroes and Monsters" gives us the haunting, tear-jerking, and beautiful "Such Arrogance...". In the episode, the entire piece is punctuated by a series of Wham Shots, making it all the more heart-breaking...