Hozier’s “Blood Upon the Snow” for God of War Game: Exclusive

The hype was built for God of War: Ragnarok (released November 9 for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4), the latest installment in the hit video game series. Not only is it the first new God of the war game in four years, it marks the end of the “Norse” series, which focuses on Norse mythology and follows protagonist Kratos and his teenage son, Atreus.

As exciting as the new God of the war is for the fans, there’s something different about this release than the usual fare: Irish singer and songwriter Hozier partnered with the game’s composer, Bear McCrearyfor a new song to accompany the official Ragnarok soundtrack, released the same day as the game. The track, titled “Blood Upon the Snow”, is a bold cinematic number that hits all the thematic notes of God of War: Ragnarokand finds Hozier using his signature velvety tone to evoke both tenderness and awe.

The years have been long for Hozier, who released his second album, Wasteland, baby, in 2019 with widespread success, but has remained relatively quiet since the dawn of the pandemic. Aside from a collaboration with producer Meduza last year, Hozier has been focusing on his upcoming third album, releasing just one song, “Swan Upon Leda.” Now comes “Blood Upon the Snow,” which you can hear now via the accompanying lyric video here:

Needless to say, Hozier is very excited for the collaboration to be released and for the game to reach audiences around the world. “I’m interested in digital arts as a maturing medium,” says Hozier Result on Zoom. “The previous version of this series was kind of a groundbreaking (no pun intended) cinematic achievement. And I was pretty impressed with a vision that was going to take a story and maybe 30 hours of travel without a single camera cut.

He praised the collaborative spirit between himself, Bear McCreary, and game director, Eric Williams. And while “Blood Upon the Snow” features a more dramatic classic style, its new music won’t necessarily echo the same sounds. “We were trying to hit the beats of certain themes and trying to make it work for the game universe, to make it work in sympathy with Eric Williams’ vision and Bear’s vision as well,” Hozier says, “So it’s It’s nice to flex a different muscle.

It may be Hozier’s first song for a video game, but his abilities as a powerful storyteller and singer have been on display since his self-titled debut in 2014. As he hits a high note in the climax of “Blood Upon the Snow”, it is clear that the world could use more Hozier music in the future.

Before the release of God of War: Ragnarok and the God of War: Ragnarök (soundtrack)Hozier sat down with Result to discuss the making of “Blood Upon the Snow,” using the game’s natural world and narrative as inspiration, his love of digital arts, and the status of Hozier’s yet-to-be-announced third LP . Read below for the full Q&A with Hozier, and watch a behind-the-scenes mini-doc of the recording process that went into “Blood Upon the Snow.”

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