- Arcana – Instrumental music inspired by medieval music.
- Bal-Sagoth – If you aren’t into metal this isn’t for you probably. They’re one of my favorite bands and work nicely for any game.
- Clannad – Celtic music for easy going background when there isn’t a trouble at sight. Be sure to check their music for tv-series Robin of Sherwood.
- Corvus Corax – Medieval music with some bizarre effects. Not for all but I like them.
- Erdenstern – “professionally compose and produce soundtracks for roleplaying games.”
- Finntroll: Visor Om Slutet – Metal again but this time I think anyone could find this great for background. Recommended setting could be an old swamp. Perfect for the Witch’s Song.
- Jeremy Soule – Soule has created a lot of good PC game soundtrack and all of them are perfect for role-playing games as well. Dawn of War is my favorite as Elder Scrolls: The Oblivion is too familiar for my players.
- Midnight Syndicate – Midnight Syndicate calls their music “gothic horror fantasy soundtracks”. What could go wrong with that? All their albums are great for background music which isn’t a big surprise as they have even made a soundtrack for playing Dungeons and Dragons.
- Nine Inch Nails: Quake – Industrial soundtrack for a 1st person shooter sounds like an odd choice before you try it out.
- Nox Arcana – Instrumental gothic sounds. Anything from Nox Arcana works like a charm. Carnival of Lost Souls and The Necronomicon Mythos have been playing quite a lot in our group.
- Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Bach – All the classical composers are classics for a reason. Harmonious music will soothe you and thus it could be recommended for all but battle scenes. Running a noble ball with one of these chaps work quite well.
Soundtracks from movies
- Basil Poledouris – Conan the Barbarian
- Elmer Bernstein – The Black Cauldron
- Harry Gregson-Williams – Kingdom of Heaven
- Howard Shore – Lord of the Rings (As with Conan the Barbarian this might be too familiar for the players thus creating false atmosphere.)
- James Horner – Braveheart
- Last of the Mohicans
- Sleepy Hollow
- 13th Warrior
- 28 days later
Soundtrack from games
- Age of Conan
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
- Baldurs Gate
- Dante’s Inferno
- Diablo (1,2 and most likely 3)
- Dragon Age
- The Witcher (both 1 & 2) – Highly recommended!
- Warhammer Online – Download the songs for the MMORPG
- World of Warcraft