Video Game Music of the Week - 78

Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2)


True, Null Moon, Promise, Theme of Laura

Akira Yamaoka

Silent Hill 2 is the PlayStation 2 sequel to the original Silent Hill that was released for the PlayStation in 1999. The series is one of the most popular Survival Horror games ever created, alongside other such notable games as Square’s Parasite Eve and Capcom’s Resident Evil.

The soundtrack features many slow and melancholic tunes that work extremely well with the horror setting of
Silent Hill 2. The music is often different to what you would expect from a game such as this, but it really helps define the game as a unique addition to the genre.

The track leads with a slow piano melody that is then accompanied by a prominent beat and choir. Moments after, a faster piano melody is introduced, as well as a lead violin melody. The track keeps a steady beat, with the general focus constantly on the initial piano melody.

Null Moon
The track starts with a persistent piano progression and features an echoed drum beat. The addition of a violin-like instrument creates a great deal of emotion to the tune during certain sections.

Promise sounds very much like a straight-forward rock song, however, the song doesn’t feature any lyrics which is what you initially expect to hear when you first listen to the song. The focus is on the guitar melody, with the track getting a lot more heavy as the tune progresses.

Theme of Laura
The Theme of Laura is yet another rock-sounding track, with some great elements of darkness. Their are some heavy moments in the song, as well as some more focused guitar sections that truly stick out.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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