All Our Sins Soundtrack

My writing is often inspired by music, and All Our Sins is no exception. These pieces fit with certain themes, characters, scenes, etc, making them an unofficial soundtrack!

This is a work-in-progress: right now, the song list mostly encompasses the third book, Apocalypse, which is the part of AOS I know best at the moment. More songs will be added as plans for the series come together.

You can listen to most of this soundtrack on the Spotify AOS OST playlist. There are four songs missing: “Kiseki no Umi” by Maaya Sakamoto, “Stamina Rose” by Gabriela Robin, “Purushayita” by Epica, and “The Dream Within” by Lara Fabian. Perhaps these songs will find their way to Spotify in the future.

Read on for more information about why each song was chosen.

The song titles in the table below link to individual songs on Spotify (or videos on YouTube, where Spotify links aren’t available).

Title Artist AOS Book Notes
Prelude VNV Nation All titles Exactly what the title implies: a prelude track to set the atmosphere for the series.
Heart of Thorns Theme Maclaine Diemer All titles The “official” theme for AOS!
Civilization IV Medley Jack Wall All titles Ambient. I imagine this as one type of music årdrakin would compose, sing, and listen to. It has a tribal slant to it which matches well with the clan structure of their society. When I listen to this I envision the sweeping expanses of the homeworld and the imperial city Anoërakin, the people going about their daily activities, and otherwise enjoying life.
To Glory Two Steps From Hell All titles A good approximation of what an anthem for the årdrakin would sound like.
Healing Ceremony James Horner All titles Rituals remain a strong part of årdrakin society despite (or perhaps because of) their technological advances. Music like this evokes the deep spiritual atmosphere that would be present during something like one of their healing ceremonies.
Yulunga
(Spirit Dance)
Dead Can Dance All titles Ancestor worship was an important part of early årdrakin society. In modern times, elders and ancestors are revered and respected for their knowledge, achievements, and contributions toward building and maintaining the Empire. A spirit dance might be performed to call upon the strength, courage, and blessing of the ancestors.
Isa Wardruna All titles As with Stamina Rose, this song sounds like something that would be heard echoing within Vek Ålna as part of some kind of prayer or ritual to Årdra.
Tyr Wardruna All titles This song is another that suggests the kind of music that årdrakin would compose, sing, and listen to. The sounds leading into the start of the song almost make me think of applause with some kind of fine rods (because årdrakin have sharp talons and nobody wants to shred their fingers by banging them together). I envision singing is a social clan activity done around a central fire, to celebrate victories and other events, relive epic battles, mourn the passing of loved ones, and just to relax for a good time together with food and drink. A song that sounds like Tyr would be the kind of song sung for a more solemn or serious gathering.
Raido Wardruna All titles In ancient times, to transition from adolescence to adulthood in order to be considered proper clan warriors, young årdrakin had to complete a ritual “hunt” in the wild jungles of Drakiru: capture and subsequently tame a vukishnik cub (one of Drakiru’s other apex predators) as a warmount and lifetime companion—a dangerous and usually bloody adventure. This ritual persists to the present day even if most wars take place out among the stars. The clans still happily fight among themselves at home, and who wants to go to war without a proper warmount? A song like Raido speaks to the relationship the årdrakin have with their warmounts.
All Our Sins VNV Nation All titles The series’ title track.
Blow Me Away Breaking Benjamin All titles A generic sort of battle theme for the various conflicts in the story. Årdrakin have an aggressive streak and combat is an important part of their culture. This song would probably play during scenes with space battles!
Winter In July Sarah Brightman All titles Inspirational. Speaks to various conflicts/choices the characters and their societies face.
Andrew’s Song IMAscore The First Sin The theme for the Clan Tsinna colonists as they prepare to embark on their journey.
Children of the Sun Thomas Bergersen The First Sin A theme for the skarastaja.
Stamina Rose Gabriela Robin Sin Beyond Redemption Chanting and air dance is an important part of årdrakin rituals, including those of the Årdraan faith. Årdrakin are passionate and energetic people which the pulsing beat of this music reflects. Something like this would have been performed at Zai’al’s Ascension.
Kiseki no Umi
(Sea of Miracles)
Maaya Sakamoto Apocalypse If the book was animated, this song would be perfect for the opening credits. See the translation!
Fly Céline Dion Apocalypse A song like this might be sung at an årdrakin funeral. The lyrics speak well to traditional årdrakin beliefs about being fearless in the face of death, rejoining the spirits and ancestors among the cosmic winds, and eventually being born again.
Theme from Voltaic Jack Wall Apocalypse If this had been written for an animated version of AOS, it would be called “Dezÿrí’s Sorrow”.
The Fallen Steve Jablonsky Apocalypse Vÿškåríel’s theme. This piece reinforces all the very sinister vibes Vÿš has going for him. He is a strong, ambitious character, but also brutal, dark, and dangerous.
Industrial Love In Strict Confidence Apocalypse Main theme for the skarastaja. It’s quite reflective of the mob mentality of their society. This was the first piece of music to strike me as being suitable for AOS!
Lost in Paradise Evanescence Apocalypse A song that captures how Dezÿrí feels as she’s growing up.
Corn Amused Jean-Pierre Isaac Apocalypse A theme for the årdrakin. This piece brings to mind images of the way Årdra and Her Temple is intended to be as opposed to how Zai’al’s ambition has corrupted both.
Kingdom VNV Nation Apocalypse A theme for Gannik. Creepy for how well it suits him and his motivations!
Touch the Sky Julie Fowlis Apocalypse A song for Dezÿrí once she breaks out on her own and begins to find herself again.
Castle Halsey Apocalypse Dezÿrí eventually discovers she can’t avoid her destiny.
Song of the Dragonfly Tom Aragon Apocalypse Ambient. Drakinvír are cute, spunky, and temperamental creatures that are fond of biting unsupervised fingers—but they also have their own sort of quiet majesty, as any dragon should (even miniature ones). In the story, one drakinvír in particular is perhaps a bit more majestic than the others, and this song would be his theme.
Purushayita Epica Apocalypse Ambient. This piece reminds me of various activities and elements in the story, as if it could play in the background of certain scenes. It also evokes emotional imagery of characters like Dezÿrí and Zai’al.
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins Apocalypse An image song for Bal’al and Zai’al. This music would play during the conflict which arises between these characters.
You Can Still Be Free Darren Hayes Apocalypse Arlayn’s theme.
Your World Will Fail Les Friction Apocalypse A personal message from Gannik to Dezÿrí. Ahem.
UruR Wardruna Apocalypse This song brings images to mind of legions of årdrakin cavalry and airborne warriors clashing on battlefields over clan territories and warriors chanting and drumming for victory over their rivals.
Pride Simon Collins Apocalypse A secondary theme for Arlayn and the main theme song of the skarastaja dissident forces.
All Of Who You Are Simon Collins Apocalypse Inspirational. A secondary theme for the skarastaja.
Tomorrow Never Comes VNV Nation Apocalypse When things go wrong…they go very wrong.
World on Fire Les Friction Apocalypse When all seems lost, someone will come to save the day…more or less.
Dark Matter Les Friction Apocalypse A supervillain theme for Gannik. The lyrics and overall sound of this song speak well to downright super bad guy badness.
Who Will Save You Now Les Friction Apocalypse There are survivors…and instead of lying down and accepting defeat, they’re coming back for revenge at any cost. Who will save you now? They survived and nothing can stop them. No one can save you.
Lady of Worlds Miracle of Sound Apocalypse Dezÿrí’s theme. Speaks to her internal conflict about her identity and the path her life needs to take.
Sentinal VNV Nation Apocalypse It’s hard picking up the pieces and carrying on but there are always those who refuse to lay down.
Louder Than Words Les Friction Apocalypse When it comes time for the årdrakin to kick ass, they’re going to kick that ass hard…and loudly!
See Who I Am Within Temptation Apocalypse An image song for Arlayn and Dezÿrí.
Light Years Away Simon Collins Apocalypse Inspirational. Speaks to certain themes in the story. Also a theme for the ixokazi.
The Dream Within Lara Fabian Apocalypse Inspirational. Speaks to certain themes in the story.
The Farthest Star VNV Nation Apocalypse An uplifting song for the resolution of the third book.
Further VNV Nation Apocalypse If the book was animated, this song would play during the end credits.