Music of the Front Mission series

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Front Mission is a series of tactical role-playing games produced by Square Enix (originally Square). The music of the series includes the soundtracks to the main series, composed of Front Mission through Front Mission 5: Scars of the War, as well as the spin-off games, which include Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard, Front Mission Alternative, Front Mission: Online, Front Mission 2089 and its remake Front Mission 2089: Border of Madness, Front Mission 2089-II, and Front Mission Evolved. The soundtracks of the series' installments have been released in album form in Japan, with the exceptions of 2089, 2089-II, and Border of Madness, which reuse music from the other installments, and Evolved, which was published in 2010. The soundtrack to Front Mission was released in 1995 by NTT Publishing, which also published the soundtrack to Front Mission: Gun Hazard in 1996. DigiCube published soundtrack albums for Front Mission 2 and Alternative in 1997 and 3 in 1999. Square Enix published the albums for Front Mission 4 in 2004, and 5 and Online in 2006.

The soundtracks of the series have been warmly reviewed by critics, especially those of the main series and Gun Hazard. The music of Alternative and Online was less well received. The music of the series typically includes a fusion of electronic and orchestral music, though each game and composer in the series has taken the music in different directions. The composers for the series have included Yoko Shimomura, Noriko Matsueda, Koji Hayama, Hayato Matsuo, Hidenori Iwasaki, and Garry Schyman. A box set of music from across the series is currently planned, but has not yet been formally announced or given a release date.

Main seriesEdit

Front MissionEdit

Front Mission Original Sound Version
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary 25, 1995
October 1, 2004 (reprint)
Length1:08:17
LabelNTT Publishing

Front Mission Original Sound Version is a soundtrack album which contains music from Front Mission, the first game in the series. The tracks were composed by Yoko Shimomura and Noriko Matsueda; Shimomura penned the action themes while Matsueda handled the calmer tracks.[1] The game was the first soundtrack that Matsueda had composed. Shimomura, a veteran of over a dozen games, was already at the time busy composing the soundtrack for Super Mario RPG but found herself unable to refuse to work on Front Mission after being asked by Sakaguchi to co-compose the music. Shimomura feels that the soundtrack turned out to be very "passionate" due to the two composers' motivation.[2] The album has been described as containing a mix of techno and smooth jazz. The album was published by NTT Publishing on February 25, 1995 with the catalog number PSCN-5019, and was reprinted on October 1, 2004 with the catalog number NTCP-5019. The album contains 42 tracks and covers a duration of 1:08:17.[1]

The album was well received by critics such as Daniel Kalabakov of RPGFan, who claimed that it was his favorite Super Nintendo Entertainment System-era Square soundtrack, primarily due to the mixture of techno and jazz. He preferred Shimomura's techno tracks, but enjoyed the way the two styles mixed together.[1] Kero Hazel of Square Enix Music Online similarly praised the mix of the two styles, though he criticized the sound quality of the album and stated that the album would have been improved by using real instruments rather than synthesized ones.[3]

In 2003, Front Mission was re-released for the PlayStation as Front Mission 1st, and a corresponding promotional sound track album was released as Front Mission 1st Special BGM Selection. The nine-track album contains eight tracks by Shimomura and Matsueda, arranged by Hidenori Iwasaki, and one new track by Iwasaki out of the five he composed for the remake.[4] It was published by Square Enix on October 23, 2003 with the catalog number FM1-DA, and has a total length of 18:25. Patrick Gann of RPGFan described the album as a good sampler for the full soundtrack, and claimed that it had slightly better sound quality. He also felt that the new track was a good addition to the rest.[5] Dave of Square Enix Music Online agreed with these praises, though he felt that the large amount of overlap between the promotional disc and the full soundtrack made its purchase not worthwhile.[4]

Track list

Original Sound Version
No.TitleComposerLength
1."A Minefield"Yoko Shimomura1:27
2."Canyon Crow"Shimomura1:41
3."Rise to Action"Noriko Matsueda0:46
4."Advanced Guard"Shimomura1:39
5."Mercenaries"Shimomura1:55
6."Take the Offensive"Shimomura1:39
7."The Evils of War"Shimomura1:25
8."Decline"Shimomura1:26
9."Force Stall"Matsueda2:09
10."Manifold Irons"Shimomura2:42
11."Bloody Temperature"Matsueda1:48
12."Relative Thinking"Matsueda1:24
13."Holic Shot"Shimomura0:58
14."Hard Drag"Shimomura0:48
15."More and More"Shimomura0:53
16."Win Back"Shimomura0:10
17."Raise a Flag"Matsueda0:12
18."The General Situation"Matsueda1:52
19."Shallow Twilight"Shimomura1:46
20."Optical City"Matsueda2:24
21."Coaxial Town"Shimomura1:43
22."Field Hospital"Shimomura1:23
23."Arena"Shimomura1:13
24."Shop"Matsueda1:38
25."Bar"Matsueda1:26
26."Setting Up"Shimomura1:15
27."Military Government"Matsueda1:19
28."Ominous"Matsueda1:19
29."Martial Ecologist"Shimomura1:24
30."Rage! Rage! Rage!"Shimomura1:03
31."Tension"Matsueda1:22
32."A Person Easily Elated"Matsueda1:16
33."Kalen"Matsueda2:52
34."Elegie"Shimomura2:44
35."Natalie"Matsueda2:51
36."Fear"Matsueda1:43
37."Terrible Density"Matsueda2:03
38."Mad Pressure"Matsueda1:15
39."Destructive Logic"Shimomura2:07
40."Defeat"Matsueda0:17
41."Within Living Memory..."Matsueda4:48
42."Next Resolution"Matsueda2:12
1st Special BGM Selection
No.TitleComposerLength
1."A Minefield"Yoko Shimomura1:28
2."Rage! Rage! Rage!"Shimomura1:19
3."Shop"Noriko Matsueda2:16
4."The Evils of War"Shimomura2:47
5."More and More"Shimomura1:09
6."Kalen"Matsueda2:41
7."Martial Ecologist"Shimomura2:33
8."Theme of BlackHounds"Hidenori Iwasaki3:54
9."Defeat"Matsueda0:15

Front Mission 2Edit

Front Mission 2 Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1997
Length1:15:45
LabelDigiCube

The soundtrack of Front Mission 2, the second game of the main series and the third game released after Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard, was composed by Noriko Matsueda. It was her second solo video game soundtrack, after Bahamut Lagoon, and the fourth soundtrack she had worked on. The music of the game differs from that of its prequel in that it "incorporates an atmospheric, airy sound", and does not include pieces like Shimomura's techno tracks from the first game. An album of music from the game, titled Front Mission 2 Original Soundtrack, was released by DigiCube on September 21, 1997. The 43-track, 1:15:45-long album has a catalog number of SSCX-10011, and a limited edition of the soundtrack was also released.[6]

The album was well received by critics. A reviewer from RPGFan termed it an "excellent soundtrack" that kept the feel of the first game.[6] Kero Hazel of Square Enix Music Online felt similarly about the album. They noted that the soundtrack had enough thematic ties to the first game's music to connect the two games without losing originality, and concluded that it was superior to the already good Front Mission soundtrack.[7]

Track list
No.TitleJapanese titleLength
1."Opening Theme"オープニングテーマ2:43
2."Weapon Introduction"武器紹介3:33
3."Dark Clouds"暗雲2:17
4."Silence"静寂1:21
5."Shock"驚愕2:04
6."Tension"緊張1:47
7."Assault"突撃2:02
8."Lila's Theme"リラのテーマ2:19
9."Domingo Appears"ドミンゴ出現2:03
10."Relief"休息2:10
11."Sorrow"1:48
12."Madness"狂気1:22
13."Suspicion"疑惑1:30
14."Terror"恐怖1:29
15."Weariness"疲労1:44
16."Player Battle (Swift Attack)"プレイヤー戦闘 (速攻)2:15
17."Player Battle (Normal)"プレイヤー戦闘 (通常)1:45
18."Player Battle (Heavy)"プレイヤー戦闘 (ヘビー)1:54
19."Enemy Battle (Swift Attack)"敵戦闘 (速攻)1:43
20."Enemy Battle (Normal)"敵戦闘 (通常)1:39
21."Enemy Battle (Heavy)"敵戦闘 (ヘビー)2:03
22."Stage End (Relief)"ステージエンド (安堵)1:25
23."Stage End (Depression)"ステージエンド (落ち込み)1:22
24."Game Over"ゲームオーバー0:16
25."Level Up"レベルアップ0:11
26."Setup"セットアップ1:12
27."Sawallisch's Warehouse"サバリッシュの倉庫1:47
28."Army Camp"軍キャンプ1:24
29."City of Ducandy"ドゥカンディの街1:26
30."OCU P.O.W. Strategy Headquarters"OCU捕獲作戦指令部1:17
31."City of Diaraba"ディアラバの街1:51
32."City of Bornea"ボーネアの街2:08
33."Capital City Dhaka"首都ダカ1:18
34."Notun Comilla"ノトゥンクミラ2:16
35."Arena"闘技場1:18
36."Arena Battle"闘技場バトル0:50
37."Counter Bar"カウンター・バー1:36
38."Show Pub"ショー・パブ1:53
39."World Map"ワールドマップ1:37
40."Hatred"憎悪2:16
41."Ending (Repatriation)"エンディング (帰還)1:33
42."Ending (Garden)"エンディング (庭)0:53
43."Ending (Staff Roll)"エンディング (スタッフロール)4:25

Front Mission 3Edit

Front Mission 3 Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Koji Hayama, Hayato Matsuo, Shigeki
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1999
Length2:30:00
LabelDigiCube

The soundtrack of Front Mission 3, the third game of the main series and the fifth game of the total series, was composed by Koji Hayama and Hayato Matsuo, with one track contributed by Shigeki. Matsuo handled the orchestral pieces, while Hayama worked on the techno ones. The pieces were performed with synthesizers that were designed to sound like higher-quality versions of the types of sounds used in the original Front Mission, rather than sounding more like the actual instruments they represented.[8] Hayama worked for Square as an in-house composer prior to the game, and was the one who invited Matsuo, who was an independent composer, to meet the sound team and work on the game.[9] An album of music from the game, titled Front Mission 3 Original Soundtrack, was released by DigiCube on September 22, 1999. The two-disc album has 47 tracks, is 2:30:00 long, and has a catalog number of SSCX-10035.[10]

The album was well received by critics such as Kero Hazel of Square Enix Music Online, who noted that the synthesizer effects tied the music back stylistically to that of the original game, and applauded the contributions by both composers.[8] A reviewer from RPGFan agreed, though he was more impressed with Hayama's pieces than those of Matsuo.[10]

Track list

Disc 1
No.TitleJapanese titleLength
1."The Government"政府1:51
2."Starting"起動2:29
3."City (Japan)"街(日本)2:40
4."Problem"窮地4:00
5."The Bar (All Purpose)"酒場(凡用)3:05
6."Infiltration"潜入4:08
7."Setup 1"セットアップ13:35
8."Setup 2"セットアップ22:47
9."Network"ネットワーク4:05
10."Base Invasion"基地攻略4:12
11."Impact"衝撃2:17
12."Silence"静寂2:41
13."Defensive War"防戦3:20
14."Anger"怒り3:07
15."VS Katatsu"VS呉龍4:06
16."City (China)"街(中国)2:55
17."The Bar (China)"酒場(中国)2:46
18."Hideout"アジト3:08
19."Escape"脱出2:27
20."Real Base"基地本体3:07
21."Research Lab"研究所3:01
22."Lukav 1"ルカーブ12:59
23."Suspicion"疑惑1:14
24."Front Line Base"前線基地3:00
25."Attack"進攻4:30
Disc 2
No.TitleJapanese titleLength
1."Rest 1"休息14:13
2."Rest 2"休息23:13
3."City (Ruins)"街(廃虚)3:02
4."Barilar"バリラー2:57
5."Plains (China)"平原(中国)4:05
6."Fort Invasion"要塞攻略4:00
7."Forest (Southeast Asia)"森(東南アジア)4:56
8."Enemy Attack"敵襲2:15
9."Scout Unit"偵察部隊3:53
10."Aggression"侵略5:04
11."VS IN Unit"VS IN部隊1:53
12."Sorrow"3:02
13."Lukav 2"ルカーブ21:54
14."Oath"誓い3:48
15."Assault"突撃4:00
16."Decisive Battle"決戦4:31
17."Memory (Arisa)"記憶(アリサ)1:43
18."Swift Attack"速攻3:40
19."Stage End 1"ステージエンド11:09
20."Stage End 2"ステージエンド21:37
21."Game Over"ゲームオーバー1:10
22."Ending"エンディング6:25

Front Mission 4Edit

Front Mission 4 plus 1st Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedMay 10, 2004
Length3:24:24
LabelSquare Enix

The soundtrack of Front Mission 4, the fourth game of the main series and the sixth game overall, was composed by Hidenori Iwasaki, with some tracks contributed by Ryo Yamazaki. The game was Iwasaki's first as a composer, as he had previously only worked as a synthesizer programmer. The music has been described as very different from the "very abstract and heavy" music of the previous game, and much more similar to the music of the first game with an emphasis on melody as well as light and thematic elements. The soundtrack also incorporates "South American"-style elements, with the use of pan flutes and tribal percussion. The music from the game was bundled with music from the remake of the first, Front Mission 1st, and the album was titled Front Mission 4 plus 1st Original Soundtrack. It was released by Square Enix on May 10, 2004. The four-disc album has two discs devoted to each game, and has 97 tracks. It is 3:24:24 long, and has catalog numbers of SQEX-10021~4.[11]

The album was well received by Ben Schweitzer of RPGFan. Preferring the Front Mission 4 tracks to the 1st tracks, he complimented the album as "impressive", especially given that it was the "first work of a promising new composer". While he did not feel that all of the tracks were of consistent quality, he said that none of them were "bad" and that the more "atmospheric" tracks stood out as particularly noteworthy.[11] Reviewers from Square Enix Music Online had similar praises and criticisms, calling it "not the most diverse or consistent of Front Mission scores" but still "highly worthy"; they also noted the atmospheric tracks as worthy of note.[12]

Track list

Disc 1
No.TitleLength
1."Assault"3:38
2."Dust and Flames"1:29
3."Red Alert"1:44
4."Beginnings"1:56
5."The Durandal"1:04
6."Boot Camp"2:19
7."Nexus News"1:20
8."The Central Assembly"1:37
9."Move Out!"3:32
10."Mission Complete"0:57
11."Clear Skies Over Europe"2:35
12."Intruders"2:48
13."Conspiracy"2:08
14."Destinations"1:56
15."Free Spirit"2:35
16."Mayday"0:27
17."Whispers"2:53
18."Break Free"2:41
19."Deserters"1:36
20."Siege"3:33
21."Peace of Mind"3:03
22."Briefing"1:25
23."Battle Plans"1:20
24."Lock & Load"3:34
25."Intermission"1:14
Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."Aggressors"3:24
2."Harbor Town"3:07
3."Hostiles"3:27
4."Game Over"0:15
5."Grapevine"2:32
6."War Machine"0:44
7."Rampage"4:18
8."Southern Breeze"3:41
9."Knights of Steel"2:56
10."To the Dragon's Lair"1:28
11."The Revolutionary"1:25
12."Leaden Sky"1:40
13."Threat"1:40
14."Expeditionary Fleet"1:51
15."Brute Force"2:09
16."Blauer Nebel"2:58
17."Death of an Old Lion"2:13
18."Voice of Reason"0:38
19."Warmth"1:50
20."Why Am I Here?"2:58
21."Pride and Honor"4:58
22."Requiem for a Soldier"1:20
23."Iron Tempest"4:04
24."Guiding Light"1:38
25."Credits"4:33
Disc 3
No.TitleLength
1."A Minefield"1:28
2."Canyon Crow"1:43
3."Rise to Action"0:48
4."Advanced Guard"1:40
5."Mercenaries"1:57
6."Take the Offensive"1:45
7."The Evils of War"1:27
8."Decline"1:28
9."Force Stall"2:10
10."Manifold Irons"2:43
11."Bloody Temperature"1:49
12."Relative Thinking"1:25
13."Holic Shot"1:00
14."Hard Drag"0:57
15."More and More"0:55
16."Win Back"0:13
17."Raise a Flag"0:14
18."The General Situation"1:53
19."Shallow Twilight"1:52
20."Optical City"2:27
21."Coaxial Town"1:52
22."Field Hospital"1:28
23."Arena"1:20
24."Shop"1:44
25."Bar"1:37
26."Setting Up"1:22
27."Military Government"1:25
Disc 4
No.TitleLength
1."Ominous"1:27
2."Martial Ecologist"1:30
3."Rage! Rage! Rage!"1:10
4."Tension"1:30
5."A Person Easily Elated"1:27
6."Kalen"2:42
7."Elegie"2:50
8."Natalie"2:58
9."Fear"1:47
10."Terrible Density"2:12
11."Mad Pressure"1:22
12."Destructive Logic"2:17
13."Defeat"0:18
14."Within Living Memory..."4:38
15."Next Resolution"2:11
16."Maria"3:02
17."Driscoll"2:14
18."BlackHounds"2:48
19."New Enemy Turn"2:22
20."Ending (U.S.N.)"7:46

Front Mission 5Edit

Front Mission 5
~Scars of the War~
Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Hidenori Iwasaki, Kenichiro Fukui, Hayato Matsuo, Yasuhiro Yamanaka and Masayoshi Soken
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2006
Length2:43:07
LabelSquare Enix

The soundtrack of Front Mission 5: Scars of the War, the sixth game of the main series and the ninth game overall, was composed by Hidenori Iwasaki and Kenichiro Fukui, with one track each provided by Hayato Matsuo, Yasuhiro Yamanaka and Masayoshi Soken. The music has been described as a mixture of "standard orchestral elements, with an emphasis on brass and drumlines, and electronic elements, such as synthesized percussion and techno-styled beats". The music differed from that of the previous game in its inclusion of tracks that were solely electronic, rather than a mixture of techno and orchestral. The music from the game was released on an album was titled Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~ Original Soundtrack. It was released by Square Enix on January 25, 2006. The three-disc album has 71 tracks, is 2:43:07 long, and has catalog numbers of SQEX-10055~7.[13]

The album was very well received by reviewers such as Ben Schweitzer, who termed it "everything I could have hoped for". He felt that the soundtrack represented Iwasaki's maturation as a composer, especially in regards to the more action-based tracks. He concluded that the soundtrack was "superior" to that of Front Mission 4, and that it was also quite different from most video game soundtracks in regards to instrumentation and style.[13] Square Enix Music Online also noted the improvement between Front Mission 4 and 5, and declared that, despite Iwasaki's skill with atmospheric tracks, that the battle tracks were the best of the album.[14]

Track list

Disc 1
No.TitleLength
1."Children of the War"1:12
2."Island of Hope"0:43
3."Invasion"1:28
4."First Conflict"0:31
5."Purpose"0:42
6."Guardians of the Peace"3:11
7."A Soldier's Scars"1:38
8."Basic Training"3:28
9."Downtime"3:12
10."Red and Blue Stars"1:17
11."Patrol"1:29
12."Stratagems"2:07
13."War of the Titans"4:27
14."Victory"0:52
15."Recollections"1:39
16."Contact"1:05
17."Mr. Kato"0:58
18."Across the Dunes"4:02
19."Intercept"1:35
20."Keepers of Freedom"4:47
21."Scramble"2:16
22."Under Siege"4:05
23."Defeat"0:20
24."Lock and Load II"3:41
Disc 2
No.TitleLength
1."Listen Up"2:49
2."For Home and Country"0:51
3."Goliath"0:39
4."Defenders"4:25
5."Out of the Blue"2:39
6."Memoria Ferita"0:30
7."Casualties of War"1:03
8."Ode to the Fallen"1:25
9."Tempered Blade"1:58
10."Flight of the Wyverns"1:18
11."Mechanized Infantry"3:43
12."Ghost Dog"2:17
13."Natural Selection"4:19
14."Covert Ops"0:47
15."Incoming"0:27
16."Quicksilver"4:15
17."Revelations"3:08
18."Muzzle Flash"4:18
19."Revelations II"1:29
20."R & R"1:38
21."Survivor"3:18
22."Breaking Limits"2:44
23."Last One Standing"1:01
24."Visions"5:13
Disc 3
No.TitleLength
1."Ne M'Oubliez Mie"1:00
2."Seek & Destroy"3:50
3."Grim Reaper"2:07
4."Ambush"0:49
5."Primary Objective"3:06
6."Whiteout"6:15
7."Swarm"0:29
8."Iron Demon"3:23
9."Accelerator"5:50
10."Engram"1:41
11."Deliverance"6:07
12."Recollections II"0:56
13."Angel Wings"1:14
14."Always"1:41
15."Scars of the War"5:52
16."A New Beginning"0:43
17."Memories"1:07
18."Antechamber"0:38
19."Gladiators"2:25
20."Basic Training II"3:28
21."Blue Stream"2:13
22."Gunslinger"1:01
23."Fifth Front"0:53

SpinoffsEdit

Front Mission Series: Gun HazardEdit

Front Mission Series Gun Hazard Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary 25, 1996
Length2:30:25
LabelNTT Publishing

Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard was the first spin-off game in the series, and the second game released overall. Its soundtrack was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda, with additional tracks provided by Junya Nakano and Masashi Hamauzu. The soundtrack was the second collaboration between Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda, after Chrono Trigger.[15] According to Uematsu, Mitsuda worked so much on the soundtrack that he eventually had to be hospitalized.[16] The soundtrack has a "mechanical" theme to its music, and incorporates both electronic and traditional instruments. The music from the game was released on an album titled Front Mission Series: Gun Hazard Original Sound Track. It was released by NTT Publishing on February 25, 1996. The two-disc album has 60 tracks, is 2:30:25 long, and has catalog numbers of PSCN-5044~5.[15]

Kero Hazel of Square Enix Music Online called the soundtrack album "a thumping example of fine industrial music" and complimented its use of other musical styles to influence that core style.[17] Patrick Gann of RPGFan also praised the album as "downright awesome" and highly recommended it.[15]

Track list

Disc 1
No.TitleJapanese titleLength
1."GUN HAZARD"GUN HAZARD3:00
2."Crisis"危機1:56
3."MISSION COMPLETE"MISSION COMPLETE1:06
4."PULL OUT"PULL OUT0:50
5."Last Words"最期の言葉0:27
6."TENSION"TENSION2:40
7."Iron Footsteps"鉄の足音3:43
8."Shiver"戦慄2:31
9."MOVE"MOVE0:52
10."A STORE KEEPER"A STORE KEEPER3:08
11."VOICE OF ARK"VOICE OF ARK1:58
12."The President's Desperate Struggle"大統領の死闘0:52
13."Ominous Wind"不吉な風2:55
14."SILENCER"SILENCER2:06
15."ESCAPE"ESCAPE1:56
16."RICHARD MILLMAN"RICHARD MILLMAN2:34
17."CENKTRICH"CENKTRICH3:27
18."Enemy Raid"敵襲1:55
19."Pleasant Advance"快進撃2:37
20."INVASION"INVASION2:17
21."WARNING ONE"WARNING ONE1:38
22."WARNING TWO"WARNING TWO3:23
23."GENOCE"GENOCE2:53
24."Sorrowful Carillon"哀しみのカリオン4:02
25."Encounter"出会い2:00
26."MONOLOGUE"MONOLOGUE2:25
27."SECRET STORY"SECRET STORY3:42
28."GALEON"GALEON2:22
29."SNEAK AND ATTACK"SNEAK AND ATTACK2:10
30."Azure Sky"碧空~あおぞら~2:11
31."NOTICE"NOTICE2:05
32."RESISTANCE"RESISTANCE1:53
33."Naval Fortress"ナヴァル要塞2:38
Disc 2
No.TitleJapanese titleLength
1."ROYCE FELDER"ROYCE FELDER2:39
2."A RUNNING FIGHT"A RUNNING FIGHT1:39
3."A-R-K"A・R・K2:04
4."Wreckage"残骸2:48
5."CAVERN"CAVERN4:06
6."SPARK SHOT"SPARK SHOT2:25
7."202"2023:23
8."Pursuit"追撃1:32
9."Blind Spot in Broad Daylight"白昼の死角2:13
10."UNEASY"UNEASY2:42
11."MESSAGE OF GENOCE"MESSAGE OF GENOCE2:39
12."Determination"決意1:50
13."GARDIAN"GARDIAN2:44
14."SENTINEL"SENTINEL1:47
15."TRAP"TRAP2:48
16."EDEL RITTER"EDEL RITTER1:52
17."NATURE"NATURE2:47
18."Royce's Death"ロイスの死1:59
19."EVIL POWER"EVIL POWER2:31
20."ATLAS"ATLAS4:51
21."APPROACH TO A SHRINE"APPROACH TO A SHRINE3:16
22."FINAL MISSION"FINAL MISSION2:52
23."Impatience"焦燥3:07
24."Promise ~ENGAGEMENT~"約束~ENGAGEMENT~2:08
25."Heaven's Door"天空の扉1:01
26."EMOTION"EMOTION6:19
27."TRIAL ZONE"TRIAL ZONE4:11

Front Mission AlternativeEdit

Front Mission Alternative
Soundtrack album by
Riow Arai
ReleasedNovember 21, 1997
November 22, 2006 (reprint)
Length1:12:39
LabelDigiCube
Square Enix (reprint)

Front Mission Alternative was the second spin-off game in the series, and the fourth game released overall. Its soundtrack was composed by Riow Arai. Arai was a "mainstream dance musician", who had previously composed the soundtrack for Sega Touring Car Championship. For the game, which unlike previous ones in the series was a real-time strategy game, Arai composed a techno soundtrack. The music has been described as "drastically different from the rest of the series". The soundtrack was released on the Front Mission Alternative album by DigiCube on November 21, 1997, and was reprinted by Square Enix on November 22, 2006. The album has 16 tracks, is 1:12:39 long, and has the catalog number of SSCX-10010 in its first issuance and SQEX-10081 for its second.[18] The soundtrack album release was preceded by a promotional vinyl release in July 1997 with the catalog number of SSCX-20010, containing six tracks from the game.

The album was poorly received by Chris Greening of Square Enix Music Online, who called it a largely unsuccessful experiment due to its "repetitiveness and inappropriateness". He felt that several of the tracks went on for far too long without any change, and that the music did not fit the game due to Square not providing feedback to Arai about how the tracks were to be used.[19] Greg Kasavin of GameSpot, in his review of the game, called the soundtrack "a bunch of dizzying techno that doesn't suit the onscreen grandeur".[20]

Track list
No.TitleLength
1."Opening"2:05
2."Sandtown"5:32
3."Jungle"7:10
4."Woods"6:49
5."Rock"6:05
6."Beach"8:06
7."Port"4:51
8."Night"2:25
9."Town01"3:49
10."Town02"4:20
11."Desert"3:17
12."Bonus"4:22
13."Airport"3:30
14."Defeat"3:17
15."Under"3:29
16."Ending"3:24

Front Mission: OnlineEdit

Front Mission Online
Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2006
Length1:13:19
LabelSquare Enix

Front Mission: Online was the third spin-off game in the series, and the eighth game released overall. Its soundtrack was primarily composed of arrangements of music from prior games in the series, though a few original tracks were composed by Hidenori Iwasaki. The arranged music covered every prior game with the exception of Gun Hazard, and was arranged by Iwasaki from the compositions of Iwasaki, Hayato Matsuo, Yoko Shimomura, Noriko Matsueda, Ryo Yamazaki, and Riow Arai. The music was published as a 35-track album by Square Enix on September 20, 2006. The 1:13:19 album has a catalog number of SQEX-10078.[21]

Chris Greening of Square Enix Music Online gave the album a poor review, calling it "a mediocre effort". He found the majority of the arrangements to be lackluster and unimaginative.[22] Ben Schweitzer of RPGFan, however, was less harsh in his review of the album, calling it "a positive look at the entire series" and saying that the majority of it was good, though the original tracks were not particularly strong.[21]

Track list
No.TitleJapanese titleLength
1."Unsung Heroes"Unsung Heroes5:21
2."Break Free"Break Free1:57
3."Military Government"Military Government1:55
4."City of Ducandy"ドゥカンディの街2:19
5."Airport"Airport3:14
6."Destinations"Destinations2:16
7."Advanced Guard"Advanced Guard2:30
8."Break Free II"Break Free II1:52
9."Win Back"Win Back0:44
10."Edge"Edge1:04
11."Terrible Density"Terrible Density2:33
12."Arena"闘技場2:23
13."On the March"On the March1:35
14."Aggression"侵略3:19
15."Manifold Irons"Manifold Irons2:19
16."Assault"突撃2:59
17."Shadow Weaving"Shadow Weaving2:54
18."Chain of Command"Chain of Command2:09
19."Tension"緊張2:58
20."Room"Room2:14
21."Fear"Fear1:09
22."Dark Flames"Dark Flames1:13
23."Strategies"Strategies1:15
24."Force Stall"Force Stall1:51
25."Hostiles"Hostiles2:35
26."All-Out War"All-Out War2:33
27."The Evils of War"The Evils of War2:13
28."Player Battle (Normal)"プレイヤー戦闘 (通常)2:09
29."Player Battle (Heavy)"プレイヤー戦闘 (ヘビー)2:04
30."In the Name of Honor"In the Name of Honor1:47
31."Madness"狂気2:02
32."Level Up"レベルアップ0:10
33."More and More"More and More0:40
34."Silent Rain"Silent Rain1:23
35."End of All Aggressions"End of All Aggressions1:40

Front Mission EvolvedEdit

Front Mission Evolved
Original Soundtrack / Mission 01 to 05
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2010
Length23:47
LabelSquare Enix

Front Mission Evolved was the fourth spin-off game in the series, and the eleventh game released overall. It was composed by Garry Schyman, the first non-Japanese composer for the series or any other major Square Enix series. He was brought onto the project by Double Helix Games, who developed the game for Square Enix. Garry Schyman describes the music as "orchestral and mostly tonal" with a heavy militaristic theme; almost all of the music is combat or action-themed.[23] The music is more traditionally orchestral than previous Front Mission soundtracks, and was recorded with a live orchestra. As Square Enix intended the game and its music to be a departure from previous games in the series, Schyman purposely did not listen to any of the music from prior games.[24]

The soundtrack is not planned to be released as a physical album, though it is also planned to be included in a box release of music from the entire series.[25] A sampler album of music from missions 01 to 05 from the game's single player campaign was released by Square Enix on the iTunes and Mora music stores on September 30, 2010, under the title Front Mission Evolved Original Soundtrack / Mission 01 to 05. This digital album contains 14 tracks and has a length of 23:47. The final track is a bonus tune done by DJ Kaya, "Military Tune/α:Kalen".[26][27]

Track list
No.TitleLength
1."Evolution/Dylan's Theme"1:18
2."Wanzer Theme"1:36
3."Our Hero Arrives"1:47
4."Battle for Manhattan"1:41
5."To the Tower"1:34
6."For my father"1:38
7."Fire of Apollo"1:36
8."Percival Falls"1:36
9."The End is the Beginning"1:32
10."1st Flight"1:36
11."Island Assault"1:32
12."The Art of War"2:05
13."Evolution Remix"3:05
14."Military Tune/α:Kalen"4:19

Other games and legacyEdit

The other games in the series are the cell phone games Front Mission 2089 and Front Mission 2089-II, and the Nintendo DS remake of 2089, Front Mission 2089: Border of Madness. 2089, 2089-II, and 2089: Border of Madness did not include any new music, instead reusing music from prior games in the series. There have not been any album releases of their music.[25] In addition to the soundtrack albums, two songs composed by Shimomura from Front Mission, "Take the Offensive" and "Manifold Irons", were orchestrated for her Drammatica: The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura album.[28]

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