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    Etrian Odyssey 1/Etrian Odyssey Untold 
From the original:
  • A Sudden Gust of Wind Before Your Eyes is intense and catchy, the iconic FOE battle theme that would be referenced and updated as the series progressed.
  • Dyed In Blood is the game's boss theme, and it carries a sense of hopelessness if you realize you're a bit underprepared.
  • Destruction Begets Decay takes over for the 4th and 5th stratum's random encounters. Unlike the first random encounter theme which gets you hyped right out the gate, this theme takes a brief buildup to a more heroic-sounding track.
  • The Green Green Woodlands is the first stratum's theme, and sounds suitably peaceful for the game's equivalent of a Green Hill Zone. It's certain to evoke nostalgia for those who followed the game from its very beginning.
  • The Withered Forest for the 4th Stratum is quieter than the preceding stratum themes as you traverse its winding paths or cross its vast stretches of empty space.
  • 5th Stratum's theme (spoiler in the track title) kicks in the moment the game's Wham Shot settles in, and the main melody carries a sense of melancholy as you can't help but wonder what could have happened that led to this.
  • The battle theme of the 6th stratum Ecstasy. Considering that it's the battle music that only plays in the Bonus Dungeon of an already Nintendo Hard game, the only thing matching it's awesomeness is the difficulty.
  • Rising Again plays when you face off against a pair of characters who were once friendly throughout your journey in the labyrinth. They won't accept any compromise — this theme tells you to cast aside your doubt and fight as hard as you have.

From Untold: The Millennium Girl:

  • In general, the whole game made the music from the original game come alive and it shows.
  • Try listening to A Sudden Gust of Wind Before Your Eyes and not feeling tense when you have to fight a F.O.E.
  • Red and Black is back and it's sinister as ever.
  • Initial Strike, the first battle theme, has that incredible guitar solo.
  • Destruction Begets Decay, rocking its new instrumentation, sounds even more heroic than its original.
  • Emerald Woodlands is one of those tracks that you wouldn't mind having to listen to for the whole first section of the game.
  • The Roadside Trees Outside The Window is a relaxing town music fitting the city at daytime.
  • The Lounge Where We Speak of Tomorrow is very funky and fitting the city at night.
  • Labyrinth V - The Fallen Capital of Shinjuku takes the theme of the fifth stratum and enriches the instrumentation, making it resound with lost memories of the old world.
  • The Withered Forest returns... and the saxophone does wonders to enrich the trek through this melancholy stratum even further than the original ever did.
  • Untold doesn't disappoint when it comes to brand new music either; the final boss of the new Gladsheim dungeon gives us the absolutely rocking The End of the World.
  • Furnace of War, a more unsettling, darker version of "Initial Strike".
  • Towering Pair takes "Rising Again" and makes it even better.
  • Originally a composition cut from the original game, Battlefield's Awakening makes its official debut as the theme for the final battle; it is also known as "The Battlefield that Never Sleeps" and "With Much at Stake" across different translations, and it lives up to all of these titles.

    Etrian Odyssey 2/Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold 
From II: Heroes of Lagaard:
  • Ever-Scarlet Forest, for the second stratum, is a significant tonal shift from the first stratum that underlines that the party's entered new territory and must stay on their tones.
  • Woodland of Frozen Flowers. There's something in the track that makes you feel like you are trapped in the middle of winter, with all those feelings of dread, loneliness and melancholy that follow.
  • Cherry Tree Bridge, for the fourth stratum, has a melody as beautiful as the cherry blossoms that comprise the stratum.
  • Heaven's Rock Seat, for the fifth stratum, feels grandiose for the realm of the Final Boss and has a matching sense of finality.
  • The FOE theme for this game, A Sudden Wind That Calls For Death, bears vibes similar to the previous game's FOE theme, with a few recognizable recurring riffs but still having enough of an original feel to be its own track.
  • The First Campaign fills you with excitement during the random encounters.
  • Scarlet Rain is a pumping theme that keeps you hyped during a boss battle.
  • Shiver, the random encounter theme for the Bonus Dungeon, breaks the serenity of the stratum theme to remind you just where you are and to warn you to not take the enemies lightly.
  • Guardians of the Sorrowful Ice is a tragic piece that plays during the fight with Guild Esbat, conveying a sense of reluctance when you learn their reasons for killing adventurers who try to venture too far.
  • Final Battle is used for the first form of the Final Boss, and is about as grandiose as it gets for the battle. When he shifts to his second form, it switches to Heaven's Governor, which sounds like he's brought in a marching band to accompany the fight.

From 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight:


    Etrian Odyssey 3 

    Etrian Odyssey 4 
In general, thanks to the live orchestration, it's a little tempting to link the whole thing. Yuzo Koshiro really blew it out of the park this time.

  • Battlefield - Storm is the normal fight music for the early dungeons. And when that's just the normal fight music...
  • The second battle music, Battlefield - Faith is my Pillar is even better, with a great mixture of moods interwoven with incredible composition that makes the piece tireless to listen to.
  • The Burning Crimson Sword Dances has a slow buildup, but when its main melody kicks in, it's a constant, frantic theme that keeps the adrenaline going, especially if you just lost a party member to the boss's attack.
  • Windy Plains is fantastic as music for the first overworld area; you've got an AIRSHIP! And you're going on ADVENTURES! And then you get punched by a kangaroo.
  • All of the music in the Scarlet Pillars land is great; The Red Stone Forest lets you know you aren't dinking around in kiddie land anymore, Led Astray In The Lost Woods is suitably grim-sounding for places like the poison-filled first cave where you must find the fuel to make the skyship go higher, and The Misty Ravine, the dungeon version of the aforementioned cave theme, balances the mystery, wonder and danger of the second dungeon perfectly, with a heavy dosage of oriental instrumentation added in.
  • The fourth dungeon theme, Library of Puppets, is an extraordinary piece that opens with a synth line before introducing a hard rocking guitar melody as the synth fades into the background, then the guitar is replaced by a saxophone before the synth comes back into prominence. It's fitting accompaniment to the raised stakes of the story's penultimate dungeon.
  • The Legend's Successor, the theme for the Final Boss, has a slow startup as you behold its massive size, but engages Orchestral Bombing to confirm that you are indeed staring down the titular Titan.
  • What better way to introduce players to the Difficulty Spike of the Bonus Dungeon than With Eyes Blazing as the normal battle music?
  • The frantic pace of The Fall of The Final Enemy, especially in the opening, perfectly sums up what it feels like to run afoul of a FOE.

     Etrian Odyssey 5 
If you missed the FM synth soundtracks of the DS games, fret not; in addition to the live-instrument soundtrack, there's DLC that allows you to switch it out with FM arranges.

    Etrian Odyssey Nexus 
As the game features returning dungeons and themes, a fair amount of its soundtrack is reused from 3DS versions of the games. That said, several tracks stand out, including tracks from the third game which never had a 3DS remake.

  • The game's own battle theme is as great as the other random encounter themes from the rest of the series.
  • The game's own boss theme, playing as early as the end of the first floor, demonstrates that it's not going to go easy on you.
  • The 3DS rendition of The First Campaign busts out the guitars to get you hyped, plays a clear FM-style melody, and then blends the guitars into said melody to enhance it. It's certainly captured the hearts of those who enjoyed the third game when they heard it during the trailers.
  • The Nexus version of Hoist the Sword with Pride in the Heart adds guitars to make the theme more awesome.
  • The peaceful Shrine theme, which plays at 1st Stratum, and then later remixed with ethereal Cherubic Choir for 13th Stratum. In addition, diehard fans have been known to Squee! when remembering that this was an unused track from the first game.
  • Twilight of All Life, the final boss theme, is an amazing send-off for the series' final entry on a handheld console. It starts off somber, but then the rocking comes to motivate you to finish the adventure once and for all.

    Etrian Mystery Dungeon 
This game takes several of the best tracks of the previous games, and gives them awesome rearranges. Special mention to The Drowned City, which didn't even have an Untold remake announced.


    Multiple Games 
  • "Scatter About", the game's Bonus Boss theme, that really captures the mood (in particular, sheer panic; there's a reason for that title). Roughly speaking, there are three versions:
  • End of the Raging Waves, originally the sea battle theme in the third game, combines the midi synth with a bassline and drums to make a rocking boss theme. It's such a great song that it's been carried forth into the other games.
    • The 4th game brings this track back as End of the Raging Winds, and its use of guitar — especially the added solo in the middle — really enhances the track to fit an epic fight. It makes you think you're already confronting the first labyrinth's end boss when you're actually just facing a midboss.
    • Etrian Mystery Dungeon's take on it makes it into a complex, layered piece more suited to exploration than dramatic battle, with a flute thrown in to boot.
    • Then the 5th game's version not only pumps up the instrumentation with violins, but adds chanting; the FM arrange version retains the gorgeous tunes and hearkens back to the original.
    • Combine IV and V like this and the guitar plus ominous chanting combined for the intro section gets intense.
    • Combining the FM version of V with III like this layers the delicious square waves in a way that would actually be impossible on a single synth, but it works.
    • Ayahuasca's take is based on the original Waves version, and it rocks hard.
    • Stardust from Horoscopic Combat is another arrangement of Waves and goes in a different direction that is just as enthralling.
    • L&S have their own take on "Waves" which is wonderfully layered with some sweet instrumentation.
    • A Super arrange version of IV's Winds version puts its own spin on things.
    • "Tumult - Crest of a Violent Wave (Arranged Ver.)" is an arrange of V's version of Waves that renders the music with crystal-clear instrumentation.

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