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Two Steps from Hell
Type Private
Genre Music production
Founded 2006
Founder(s) Nick Phoenix
Thomas J. Bergersen
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Products Movie and trailer music
Website twostepsfromhell.com

Two Steps from Hell is a American production music company based in Los Angeles, California, founded by Nick Phoenix and Thomas J. Bergersen in 2006.[1] The company focuses predominantly in movie and trailer music, and has supplied tracks to films such as Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and X-Men.

History[edit]

Two Steps from Hell was founded in 2006 when Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix joined forces to write original music for movie trailers. Bergersen moved from Trondheim in Norway to the United States in 2003, along with Phoenix, who began composing in 1997, before moving to Los Angeles. The two formed the company in early 2006, and have composed music for over 1000 major motion picture trailers.[2]

Late 2000's and early 2010's[edit]

Two Steps from Hell mainly produces trailer music, although recently it has also been used for television shows and selected video games.

Despite the company finding huge success for its music, the tracks were never officially released to the public until the May 2010 release of the commercial album Invincible. In addition to approaching Gold record status, Invincible became the first of several such albums to chart in the iTunes Top 100 Soundtracks.[3] As of July 2014, Two Steps from Hell has published 8 public albums in addition to 20 demonstration albums, with almost 1000 unique tracks in total.

The upcoming album, Sun, scheduled for a Fall 2014 release, will be the second solo album from Thomas Bergersen. Preview tracks have been released from the album, titled Cry and Sun, the former of which can be downloaded from Bergersen's official website.[4] An official music video for "Sun" was also released on YouTube,[5] preceding the announcement of a signed limited deluxe edition CD release set to include additional tracks and notes from Thomas, as well as a large-size poster featuring his artwork.[6]

Additionally, July 2014 saw Two Steps from Hell release an enhanced e-book known as Colin Frake on Fire Mountain, which features an original 75,000-word novel written by Nick Phoenix with illustrations by Otto Bjornik, as well as an original score also made available via a soundtrack release.[7]

Two Steps from Hell's main graphical artist is Steven Gilmore,[8] who has created album covers for almost every promotional and public release, including the logo of the company, with the only exception being the 2009 DVD release of their library, for which the album cover was created by Paul Zeaiter.[9] Additionally, Thomas Bergersen's Illusions solo album features design by Jesper Krijgsman,[10] while its sequel, Sun, features artwork created by Thomas himself.[11]

Main appearances[edit]

The company's music has been featured in:

Other major appearances[edit]

Two Steps from Hell's music is now also used extensively in a variety of places, from global events to local concerts, some of which are recorded below:

Concerts[edit]

Two Steps from Hell successfully hosted a live concert on June 14, 2013 at the Disney Hall, in Los Angeles, California, performing some of their most popular songs, such as Heart of Courage, Protectors of the Earth, To Glory, Strength of a Thousand Men, Black Blade and Breathe, as well as Ocean Princess, Age of Gods and Remember Me from Bergersen's album Illusions.[21] The next day, they confirmed on Facebook further concerts, with venues and dates to be announced.[22] On June 26, 2013, Bergersen confirmed the next concert to take place in Europe,[23] intending to begin touring at some point in 2015.[24]

Discography[edit]

Public albums[edit]

[25]

  • Invincible (2010) [Compilation of some of the most popular Two Steps from Hell tracks. Also available on ExtremeMusic][26]
  • Illusions (2011) [Thomas Bergersen solo album, formerly titled Nemesis II. Also available on ExtremeMusic][27]
  • Archangel (2011) [Compilation of more of the most popular Two Steps from Hell tracks]
  • Demon's Dance (2012) [Compilation of tracks from various albums spanning multiple genres, available only on the Two Steps from Hell app for iOS and Android]
  • Halloween (2012)[28] [Compilation of well-known horror tracks from several demonstration albums, with several other-genre tracks as well]
  • SkyWorld (2012) [First public album to use mostly all-new tracks. Expanded version available on ExtremeMusic][29]
  • Classics Volume One (2013) [Compilation of previously unreleased tracks. First public album available in lossless audio. Expanded version available on ExtremeMusic][30]
  • Speed of Sound (2013) [Nick Phoenix album. All-new tracks. Also available on ExtremeMusic][31][32][33]
  • Miracles (2014) [An epic drama/emotional album with the best of Illumina, Dreams & Imaginations, Two Steps From Heaven, and a few new tracks composed by Thomas Bergersen]
  • Colin Frake on Fire Mountain (2014) [Soundtrack for a Nick Phoenix-penned e-book. Composed by Thomas Bergersen with additional music by Nick Phoenix][34][35]
  • Sun (September 30, 2014) {All new tracks by Thomas Bergersen. Follow-up to Illusions}[36]

Demonstration albums[edit]

[37]

  • Volume One (2006) [First album, featuring various genres]
  • Shadows and Nightmares (2006) [Horror genre album]
  • Dynasty (2007) [Epic genre album]
  • All Drums Go to Hell (2007) [Heavily percussion-oriented album]
  • Nemesis (2007) [Epic genre album mostly composed by Thomas Bergersen]
  • Pathogen (2007) [Electro-metal album largely composed by Nick Phoenix]
  • Dreams & Imaginations (2008) [New Age album]
  • Legend (2008) [Epic genre album, with some tracks composed by Troels Folmann]
  • Ashes (2008) [Horror genre album]
  • The Devil Wears Nada (2009) [Mostly light and humorous album]
  • Power of Darkness (2010) [Epic genre album]
  • All Drones Go to Hell (2010)[38] [Also known as Mystical Beginnings;[39] New Age album]
  • Illumina (2010)[38] [New Age album]
  • Balls to the Wall (2011) [Percussion album, with some tracks composed by Alex Pfeffer]
  • Nero (2011) [Epic genre album, with some tracks composed by Alex Pfeffer]
  • Two Steps from Heaven (2012) [Pet project of Thomas Bergersen, featuring inspiring, emotional, and adventurous music]
  • Burn (2012) [A small collection of 8 dubstep remixed tracks. They refer to these tracks as EpicStep][40]
  • Cyanide (2013) [Electronic metal album]
  • Crime Lab (2013) [Electronic Industrial album][41]
  • Open Conspiracy (2014) [Electronic Hybrid album composed by Hitesh Ceon, Nick Pittsinger, Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix][42]
  • Amaria (2014) {New Age/Epic drama album composed by Thomas Bergersen}[43]

Upcoming albums[edit]

  • Classics Volume Two (2014) [Public Album] {Contains the best tracks from various industry albums}
  • Untitled (Fall 2014) [Public Album] {"Ultra epic" follow-up to SkyWorld}[44][45]
  • Too Big to Fail {Unknown future release}[46]

Other albums[edit]

There are a number of albums made by other composers from the company, which are not considered part of the primary library and are consequently not represented on official Two Steps from Hell resources. They include:

  • Sinners (2011) [Electronic metal album composed by Aleksandar Dimitrijevic]
  • Faction (2012) [Dark drones and soundscapes. Supposed author is 'Brad Rue', as shown on ExtremeMusic.com]
  • Solaris (2013) [Electronic metal album which is actually composed by Alex Pfeiffer, who had previously contributed several tracks to the "Nero" album]
  • Orion (2013) [Short epic hybrid album composed by Michał Cielecki][47]
  • Quarantine (2014) [Sci-fi Electronica album composed by Brad Rue][48] [49]

Additionally, composer Troels Folmann contributed a number of tracks to the industry albums Dynasty, Dreams & Imaginations, and Legend, though was credited only for the latter.[50]

Music videos[edit]

  • To Die on Halloween (2012)[51]
  • Sun (2014)[52]

Commercial Singles[edit]

Commercially available songs that are not on any album or were released as preview tracks. All of the following pieces are written by Bergersen:

  • A Place in Heaven (2011) [Pre-release single from the Illusions album. Vocals performed by Jenifer Thigpen.]
  • Ocean Princess (2011) [Pre-release single from the Illusions album. Vocals performed by Merethe Soltvedt.]
  • Starvation (2011) [Pre-release single from the Illusions album.]
  • Promise (2011) [Pre-release single from the Illusions album. Features cello performed by Tino Guo and vocals performed by Merethe Soltvedt.][53]
  • Heart (2011) [Originally a single made to raise money to help the victims Tōhoku earthquake. Later included on the Two Steps From Heaven album][54]
  • The Hero in Your Heart (2013) [A single made to raise money to help the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Lyrics written and performed by Merethe Soltvedt][55]
  • That's A Wrap (2014) [A dark, adventurous orchestral ten-minute song created entirely with Thomas's proprietary sample library][56]
  • Autumn Love (2014) [An emotional, piano-driven track in a similar style to Dreams and Imaginations][57]
  • Into Darkness (2014) [A nine-minute mix of neo-orchestral and EDM club style. Lyrics performed by Thomas Bergersen][58]
  • Stay (2014) [A pop-themed pre-release single from the Miracles album. Lyrics written and performed by Merethe Soltvedt]
  • Miracles (2014) [A second pre-release single from the Miracles album.][59]

Standalone Tracks[edit]

Songs that are not on any album or were initially released as preview tracks via Facebook. All of the following pieces are written by Bergersen:

  • Tower of Mischief (2011) [Intended as a preview track for the Two Steps From Heaven album, but ultimately released on Nero.][60]
  • My Freedom (2011) [A track originally considered for release on Illusions. Later included on the Nero album. Lyrics performed by Merethe Soltvedt. Has since been released to the public on the album Miracles][61]
  • Benedictus (2011) [Originally intended for release on Sun. Later included on the Two Steps From Heaven album][62]
  • Where Are You (2011) [Pop-trance with a unique style. Lyrics performed by Thomas Bergersen][63]
  • My Soul, Not Yours (2012) [Experimental dubstep track. Later included on the Burn album as "Not Your Soul"][64]
  • Hymn to Life (2012) [A track released on the occasion of Thomas's birthday. Later performed in a Czech concert as "Hymnus Vitae Dedicatus"][65][66]
  • Sun (2013) [Preview track from the upcoming Sun album][67]
  • Cry (2013) [Preview track from the upcoming Sun album][68]
  • Colin and Petunia (2014) [Preview track for the Colin Frake on Fire Mountain album. Retitled "Colin Frake" for its album release][69]

See also[edit]

For more orchestral bands related to Two Steps from Hell, see the Trailer music article.

References[edit]

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  41. ^ "Crime Lab on ExtremeMusic.com". Extreme Music. 
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  55. ^ ""The Hero in Your Heart" single released". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  56. ^ ""That's a Wrap" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  57. ^ ""Autumn Love" single released". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  58. ^ ""Into Darkness" single announcement". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  59. ^ ""Miracles" single released". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  60. ^ ""Tower of Mischief" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  61. ^ ""My Freedom" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  62. ^ ""Benedictus" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  63. ^ ""Where Are You" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  64. ^ ""My Soul, Not Yours" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  65. ^ ""Hymn to Life" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  66. ^ ""Hymnus Vitae Dedicatus" concert video". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  67. ^ ""Sun" music video". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  68. ^ ""Cry" download link". Thomas Bergersen via Facebook. 
  69. ^ "Colin Frake - Recording the Soundtrack". Two Steps from Hell via YouTube. 

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