Music: Two Steps from Hell
An orchestral group known for composing music specifically for movie trailers. Headed by Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix.Although they began as solely catering to movie producers, starting in 2010 they began also releasing commercial albums, most of them compilations of earlier work but, as time progresses, with more and more original material thrown into the mix.Excepting their first two forays in commercial music, Invincible (2010) and Archangel (2011), which are both solely compiled of tracks pulled from their already-produced demonstration albums, each album they release to the public is a mix of pre-existing (demonstration) work and brand-new, album-specific (studio) tracks. Halloween (2012), Classics: Volume One (2013), and Miracles (2014) are (so far) their chiefly demonstration tracks, while their only (once again so far) mainly-original public album is Skyworld (2012). (The only track pulled from a demonstration album is "Dark Ages", from Nemesis (2007).)Both founders have also made solo projects, such as Bergersen's Illusions (2011) and Sun (2014), and Phoenix's Speed of Sound (2013). Recent years have also seen collaborations with, or even full albums from, composers other than the founders, though all come under the TSFH label. Open Conspiracy (2014), composed with Hitesh Ceon and Nick Pittsinger, fall under the first category, while Alex Pfeffer's Solaris (2013) and Michał Cielecki's Orion (2013) are the second.The music of the group as well as Bergersen's and Phoenix's solo pieces can be found in their official YouTube channel.
This group provides examples of
- Genre-Busting: The group's general process is to make Epic Music from the base elements of whatever genre (New Age, Industrial, Electronic, Synth...Dubstep...) strikes their fancy. Typically each album centers around a specific type or set of sounds - and from those sounds, they eke as full a range of emotions as is humanly possible. Bergensen really takes the cake with ''Into Darkness'', which possesses that singular Classical Epic Trance Rock Opera vibe...within a single song.
- Ominous Latin Chanting. All. The. Time.
- One-Woman Wail: Very fond of it, either in mournfulness as in "Mercy in Darkness" or elation as in "After the Fall". Expect it if Merethe Soltvedt provided the vocals.
- Sad Battle Music: A not-uncommon element in their epic/dramatic themed albums. Exodus, for one. It's sorrowful yet intense. Then we have Black Blade, which practically oozes doomed-but-valiant.
- Super Duo: Inverted; Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix started the group together but since then both founders have also started to release successful music independently from one another.
- Villain Song: He Who Brings The Night could count.
- Zeppelins from Another World: The entire Skyworld album gives off this vibe but the Title Track is probably the most prominent
Their music has been used in trailers for
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Spider-Man 3
- Star Trek (specifically "Freedom Fighters")
- The Twilight Saga
- Doctor Who Series 5, 6 and 7
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- WWE Night of Champions 2010 (the same song was later recycled as the theme song for Daniel Bryan)
- Game of Thrones ("Dark Harbor" in the "Iron Throne" trailer)
- Merlin (2008) trailer for The Sword in the Stone Part
- Mass Effect 2 ("Heart of Courage")
- Mass Effect 3 ("After the Fall" and "Black Blade" for the "Take Earth Back" trailer, "Tristan" for the Wii U trailer,"Strength of A Thousand Men" for the Omega DLC trailer, "Am I Not Human?" for the "Rebellion" DLC trailer, and, rather appropriately, "Protectors of the Earth" for the launch trailer)
- The 2012 version of Anna Karenina ("Nero")
- The matches in Euro 2012 ("Heart of Courage")
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland ("Heart of Courage," "Love & Loss" and "Archangel")
- The Pacific DVD and Blu-ray trailer ("Heart of Courage")
- Interstellar ("Final Frontier")
- Nathan For You uses "Heart of Courage" in its intro.