Awesome Music: Shin Megami Tensei

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    Megami Tensei 
Megami Tensei II
  • With the power of the N163 chip at his fingertips, Tsukasa Masuko gives the Famicom one of its finest boss battle songs: "Death Match".
  • And who could forget the earworm that is "Explorer".
  • Hallucination, the overworld theme for Makai, is quite good as well.
  • Devil Speak, the theme of the Jakyou Manor/Mansion of Heresy/Cathedral of Shadows all began with this.
  • OMEGA, the theme for Final Boss Satan and True Final Boss YHVH.
  • And finally there is the game's credits theme, the absolutely gorgeous "Dawn of the Human Being".

    Shin Megami Tensei 
Shin Megami Tensei I
  • One of the most famously awesome songs of the series comes from the original: Ginza has to be one of the coolest songs in the series.
  • The Battle Theme, which is pretty hard rocking for being one of the earlier games.
  • The Boss Theme, note that this link is for the track from the official soundtrack, and the full version isn't heard in game until it's reused in Shin Megami Tensei If.... Before then, the first part of the song is just looped. Also awesome are the remixes from NINE and IMAGINE.
  • Arcade, which was remixed admirably in Nocturne as the Ginza theme.
  • Ruins, The overworld song for after the great destruction.
  • The Law alignment's theme, quite fitting of the Messians. It got remixed in Nocturne - now even more awesome!
  • Embassy, and just like the boss battle, the full version can only be heard in the soundtrack.
  • Cathedral for the final dungeon. Of which only the first 20 seconds are looped in the game.
  • The PSX version of the OST.

Shin Megami Tensei II

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne
  • Mysterious and foreboding, the opening is the perfect foreshadowing of what is to come.
  • The music that occurs during the scenes before and during the Conception. It starts with a somber yet peaceful piano intro during the conversation with Yuko before steadily begins to build up moments before the Conception occurs. Once the apocalypse starts in full sway, a majestic and epic organ plays throughout the following destruction of the world and the forming of the Vortex World, building up to a magnificent crescendo before being followed by an epic rock piece mixed with the organs to show that shit just got real.
  • Fierce and bestial, Beelzebub's battle song will make you fear flies.
  • The Reason boss battle song is as dignified as an angry god. Nothing says you're fighting the god behind an entire world's philosophy quite like that.
  • A two-fer! Demon World Master lets you know who exactly is in charge, while Metatron's battle song does the same.
  • And then there's Battle with Dante/Raidou. When you hear this song, you know that badassery is just around the corner.
  • The Normal Battle theme. The fact that it's used during the Bonus Boss fight in Digital Devil Saga over the half dozen others themes is proof that it is that badass. The best part of the theme (which you don't get when listening to a single recording of it) is that it has multiple variations of the main riff that are chosen randomly during the actual game. It really helps to keep it sounding fresh.
  • When you look death in the face, you don't hear yourself laughing. You hear this.
  • The boss battle theme is pretty badass, too.
  • There's also Large Map: Last Area. If there were ever a theme that would perfectly underscore a Power Walk, this would be it.
  • From among the other regular battle themes: World Map Battle goes for straight up rocking. Town Battle throws in a jazzy flair to complement the rocking. Amala Network Battle which is originally from Shin Megami Tensei If.. And finally, there's the Labyrinth of Amala Battle Theme.
  • Get to the final boss and you get this.
  • And before that, Last Battle -Before Transformation-, a track so out of place for a final boss it loops around all the way to the perfect fit.
  • Metatron's battle theme. A perfect fit for the voice of god.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Shin Megami Tensei IV
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV's music has plenty of candidates, such as the hard-rocking Boss Battle and The Archangels, which plays against Uriel, Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael, who are fought in DLC. The main boss theme also plays during several of the ultimate Bonus Bosses (such as Astaroth and Beelzebub), to hammer home how dangerous these particular demons are.
  • The Tokyo Overworld theme is incredible as well. It is both epic and sad at the same time. Fitting for a world that is about to end.
  • As you and your fellow Samurai reach Ueno Station shortly after arriving in Tokyo, the rather dreary Ueno Underground District theme plays, highlighting just how much of a Crapsack World Tokyo is compared to Mikado.
  • And as you get accustomed to Tokyo and arrive in Shinjuku Station, the more upbeat Shinjuku Underground District theme plays.
  • The Infernal Tokyo Theme is also quite good.
  • The Tokyo Battle Theme can quickly excite a player.
  • Tired of listening to that theme? Don't worry, the Blasted Tokyo Battle Theme (a very similar song is used for the Infernal Tokyo Battle Theme) will have you rocking again.
  • The Domain Boss Theme, despite rarely playing in the main story, is one of the best battle themes in the game.
  • The Infernal Kasumigaseki is a simple but heavy theme that gets your blood pumping. Sadly, it's only used in one room in the entire game.
  • Merkabah I has one of the richest full-blown orchestra battle theme in the game. Not to mention it was used again for DLC bonus boss Ancient of Days, aka God's avatar.
  • Merkabah II, which plays for the One Winged Angel form for the fusion of the Archangels and Jonathan who serves as the leader of the Law forces.
  • Lucifer I, which plays for the first phase of the fight against...well, guess. It plays again for the Chaos DLC Bonus Boss, Sanat.
  • Challenge Quest Alpha, which plays while a Challenge Quest to slay demons is activated, keeps your blood pumped for the quest.
  • Challenge Quest Beta, which plays while an exploration or escort Challenge Quest is activated, keeps you focused on your task.
  • The Ikebukuro Underground District gets some pretty snazzy music after you liberate it from Xi Wangmu.
  • So you're just beating up hordes of reasonably difficult mooks for a quest, finish off the last one, and breathe a sigh of relief. Then David appears and the Fiend theme from III comes back in all its "prepare to get wrecked" glory!
  • The theme for Camp Ichigaya, an ideal synth piece for the last dungeon before you go to the alternate versions of Tokyo.
  • Isabeau's Theme. A really epic yet sad piece, perfect for late in the story when you are forced to fight her to the death in the Law and Chaos routes.
  • The Neutral Theme, a haunting, sorrowful, yet beautiful theme that reflects Isabeau's and Masakado's resolve and hopes of salvaging humanity and liberating Tokyo from the 25-year-old Firmament.
  • The final area for the Law and Neutral routes is a great, heavy, piece that captures the atmosphere of the place. Note, the song title contains spoilers for the final boss of said routes.
  • The dungeon theme for Purgatorium.
  • Kiyoharu's theme, which plays in Blasted Shinjuku. As a subdued arrangement of the Shin Megami Tensei I Law theme, it reflects the catastrophic damage that the forces of Law inflicted upon Tokyo, forcing humans to corral up in the last bastion of safety.
  • The battle theme for Masakado himself in his full form, a suitably dramatic piece as you try to pull a Get a Hold of Yourself Man on him, as he's gone insane trying to form the Firmament around Tokyo. It's a Time-Limit Boss battle, and the music fittingly includes Masakado's roaring and a sound very reminiscent of a city warning siren as the nuclear ICBM is ten turns away from striking Tokyo.

    Majin Tensei sub-series 
Majin Tensei

Majin Tensei II: Spiral Nemesis

    Persona series 
Persona

Persona 2

Persona 3

Persona 4

Persona 4 Arena

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

    Devil Summoner 
Devil Summoner

    Digital Devil Saga 
Digital Devil Saga
  • "Divine Identity", the song that plays during Digital Devil Saga 2's final boss battle.
  • Hunting~Compulsion deserves special mention for the guitar alone.
  • Who knew that you could turn several simple melodies into one kickass battle theme that makes you feel like a real strategist?
  • The final boss theme (of the "we are so fucked" variety) from the first game: Hari-Hara: 2nd Movement
  • The other final boss theme from the first game: Hari-Hara. The opening light guitar up to 0:21 makes you feel really cool and calm...until the really strong guitar kicks in, and the part from 1:03 to 1:24.
  • The airport theme from the 2nd game. One-Way Stairs. It starts out sounding like a fairly generic techno track, but around 0:30 it kicks into high gear.

    Devil Survivor 
Devil Survivor
  • Demon Of Darkness, which plays during the opening and manages Soundtrack Dissonance without sounding any less epic.
  • Pinch Battle, the stage theme for your Big Damn Heroes moments; you'll feel like a badass every time you hear it.
  • Depending on what ending you got, Deep Darkness will make you feel like either a powerful god or a total jerk.
  • Last Decision, the final boss theme in most routes.
  • And of course the main theme, in both vocal and instrumental flavours.
  • Deep Night, the map music that plays during a boss fight, manages to sum up the battle in four words using music alone: "Shit just got real."
  • Garuda, the map music that plays when you fight against the final boss, and the bonus boss. It manages to rock your socks off, and still maintain a majestic feel to it.
  • Rival Battle, the wonderfully creepy map music that plays when fighting a formerly friendly character.
  • Even the standard battle songs, Battle Beat and Aggressive Tune, are utterly awesome rock pieces.
  • Soul Survive. The opening theme of Overclocked is just amazing.
  • Overclocked gives us Confusion as the map theme for the final fight of the 8th Days, with High touch being the new fast-paced final boss theme.
  • Cool Jam, the demon auction music, which also plays when Black Frost joins the party and functions as a sort of theme tune for him.

Devil Survivor 2
  • Mugen no Sekai, which can be translated variously as "Infinite World" or "Dream World". The opening theme of the game has a sweet and hopeful vibe to its deadly-sounding title.
  • The final battlefield theme: Akashic Records which is a rearrangement of the title theme.
  • The Septentriones' themes, both the obviously-titled field theme Septentrion and the battle theme Break Out. The field theme is appropriate for when you're readying yourself to attack a incomprehensible enemy, but when you get to the actual battle theme, you realise just how much weight the battle holds.
    • The remix of Septentrion used in the second phase of the final battle, Will of the Species, is truly excellent as well.
    • Speaking of the final battle, here is The World's Administrator, playing during battles against the last form of Polaris; giving the feel that she is no longer tolerant of your party of "foolish humans". All the sweeter when you kick her ass!
  • Not to mention Desperate Situation. You're fighting against unfathomable odds, but you have awesome music to pull you through.
  • A Gloomy Person. It's enough of a reason to talk to the Anguished One at every opportunity, even discounting the fact that his path is a "good" ending.
  • No matter what ending you take, it feels good and fulfilling when you get this theme here to greet you.
  • Beyond the Firmament. One of the most beautiful and Tear jerking piano pieces ever composed. You've outdone yourself Kenji Ito.
  • Shudder, the boss music when you fight really strong unlockable demons. Plays in every optional boss.
  • Even the standard battle music is cool.
  • Battle Against a Sworn Friend, which plays when you fight Ronaldo and the brainwashed Fumi, as well as when everyone goes their separate ways on Saturday. On a certain route, you fight EVERYONE, though that ending is considered to be one of the few genuinely happy endings.
  • Battle of the Brave. When you hear it, it means you and your party are going to be doing something awesome.
  • Challenging Fate, so-named because it's usually played in battles where you save someone from their fated death.
  • A stark contrast to the ethereal "Septentrion", the full-blown Orchestral Bombing of the Triangulum's field theme is a perfect fit for an enemy that seeks nothing less than the utter annihilation of humanity.

    Catherine 
Catherine

Alternative Title(s):

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne