SkyWorld

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SkyWorld
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)[1]
Recorded2010-early 2012 by Capellen Orchestra and conductor Petr Pololanik.[2] "Dark Ages" was originally recorded in 2007.
Length1:15:56
ProducerThomas Bergersen, Nick Phoenix[2]
Two Steps From Hell chronology
Halloween
(2012)
SkyWorld
(2012)
Classics Volume One
(2013)

SkyWorld is the fourth public album by the group Two Steps from Hell, and was released in October 2012. The album contains 22 tracks written by composers Thomas J. Bergersen and Nick Phoenix. All tracks, except for Dark Ages, are brand new original tracks. The cover and sleeve are designed by Steven R. Gilmore, with the futuristic city illustration by Sergey Vorontsov.

On November 19, 2012 the album was made available through ExtremeMusic.[3]

This is the second album featuring tracks that have English lyrics, including Titan Dream (feat. C.C. White and Nick Phoenix), The End is the Beginning (feat. Nick Phoenix), and Back to the Earth (feat. Nick Phoenix).

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All Is Hell That Ends Well"Thomas Bergersen3:53
2."Titan Dream"Nick Phoenix4:04
3."SkyWorld"Thomas Bergersen3:12
4."El Dorado"Thomas Bergersen4:14
5."The End Is the Beginning"Nick Phoenix4:51
6."All the King's Horses"Thomas Bergersen2:06
7."Realm of Power"Nick Phoenix3:55
8."Winterspell"Thomas Bergersen3:20
9."Blackheart"Thomas Bergersen4:27
10."Juggernaut"Nick Phoenix2:34
11."Dark Ages" (from Nemesis)Thomas Bergersen3:25
12."Our Last Hope"Nick Phoenix3:57
13."Icarus"Nick Phoenix2:53
14."For the Win"Thomas Bergersen2:12
15."Sun & Moon"Thomas Bergersen4:22
16."Big Sky"Nick Phoenix4:08
17."Starfleet"Nick Phoenix3:22
18."Queen of Crows"Nick Phoenix2:43
19."Blizzard"Thomas Bergersen2:53
20."Breathe"Thomas Bergersen2:56
21."Back to the Earth"Nick Phoenix4:24
22."Ocean Kingdom"Nick Phoenix2:20
Total length:1:15:56
Bonus tracks[5]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
23."Freedom Fighters Remix[6]" (original version from Legend)Thomas Bergersen2:34
24."Identity Crime"Nick Phoenix3:09
25."Beneath the Ice"Nick Phoenix2:02
26."The World Is Mind" (later publicly released on Classics Volume One)Nick Phoenix2:39
27."Children from the War"Thomas Bergersen2:37
28."Requiem for Destruction"Thomas Bergersen1:30
29."The Colonel" (later publicly released on Classics Volume Two)Thomas Bergersen2:30
30."Stormwatch" (later publicly released on Classics Volume One)Nick Phoenix2:20

Personnel[edit]

Per liner notes[2]

Additional musicians
  • C.C. White – vocals on "Titan Dream"
  • Aya Peard – vocals on "Titan Dream", "Our Last Hope", and "Ocean Kingdom"
  • Merethe Soltvedt – vocals on "All the King's Horses", "For the Win", and "Breathe"
  • Carina Istre – vocals on "Sun & Moon"
  • Molly Conole – vocals on "Blizzard"
  • Tina Guo – cello on "Titan Dream", "The End Is the Beginning", "Big Sky", and "Back to the Earth"
  • Shane Gibson – guitar on "The End Is the Beginning" and "Juggernaut"
  • James Rickabaugh – guitar on "Big Sky"
  • Tal Bergman – drums on "The End Is the Beginning", "Juggernaut", and "Our Last Hope"
  • Chris Bleth – winds on "Realm of Power", "Big Sky", and "Back to the Earth"

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
position
US Billboard Classical Albums[7] 10
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[7] 19

Year-End charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard Classical Albums[7] 29

Use in media[edit]

Two Steps from Hell's music has been licensed for several trailers.

  • All is Hell that Ends Well and Titan Dream were used in some History Channel commercials.
  • Blackheart was used in a PlayStation 4 commercial and the cast introduction act from the main show of Mediacorp's premier annual television awards, Star Awards 2017.
  • For the Win was used in a trailer for the movie, Epic[citation needed], a commercial for the Cartoon Network series, Ben 10: Omniverse, and a CNN commercial. It was also used by Kenichi Ebina in his performances en route to his victory in the reality show, America's Got Talent, and as the theme song to CTV/TSN’s coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
  • The Colonel was used in a commercial for the Disney XD show, Lab Rats, as well as a trailer for the Pokémon movie, Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel. It was used by Dream Theater, during 2017 as the opening song of the Images, Words & Beyond tour.
  • El Dorado was used in Sasuke as the theme song for competitor Tomohiro Kawaguchi.
  • Breathe was used in the movie Chateau de la Reine as a soundtrack cover towards the ending.
  • "Titan Dream was used in both the 2017 and the 2018 NBC Ironman (Kona) Triathlon broadcast.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SkyWorld release news on the official Two Steps from Hell facebook page
  2. ^ a b c SkyWorld (PDF) (Official booklet). Two Steps from Hell. 2012.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ SkyWorld release news on ExtremeMusic's Facebook page
  4. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Two Steps from Hell – Skyworld". Allmusic. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "SkyWorld on ExtremeMusic.com". Extreme Music.
  6. ^ Official Freedom Fighters Remix on Youtube on YouTube
  7. ^ a b c "Billboard Chart history for Two Steps From Hell". Billboard. Retrieved June 5, 2013.