Author: Masha Lepire
Outland’s Blade's Edge Mountains are filled with splintered mountain peaks, plunging lush valleys, and dusty canyons. The harsh winds that rip through the knife-sharp mountain crags and valleys over time have worn the bordering headlands into menacing, dagger-like spikes that lend the region its name. This region is located to the north of Zangarmarsh and to the west of the Netherstorm. Blade’s Edge is also contains one of the rare rumoured 'Green Havens', a place where druids from Azeroth managed to regrow healthy vegetation in the fouled soil. The Cenarion Expedition had grown some of the patches of forest in Blade's Edge Mountains to create a window into Draenor’s past when it was a thriving green world. Blade's Edge is also the original home of the Ogres and of the famous half-orc beastmaster Rexxar, the champion of the Horde. The ogre clans of this harsh land have dominated the lower canyons and ravines while battling against one another in order to gain the favor of their merciless Gronn masters.
When first entering this rocky valley, adventurers will no doubt be treated to the 'Day' music of the zone, and hear a mix of chattering ambient percussion against a twinkling harp and sustained strings. An acoustic guitar fades in and out with a repetitive arpeggio that slowly melts away once the strings begin to drone. As you continue to walk in this glowing landscape, shimmering bells begin to play an entrancing ambient texture that is filled with a descending ethereal harp motif. The uncertain string accompaniment dies away, leaving stagnant brass and sparkling percussion. The low registers of the string and brass families take centre stage for the majority of this soundtrack and their foreboding pairing is further intensified with an undercurrent of threatening percussion, reminding you not only of the forbidding landscape that surrounds you but also the looming ogre clans that wage wars all over this region
Around 7:35, we are treated to tumultuous staccato strings which almost growl in the performance, punctuated with cacophonous percussion timbres. One of the most interesting timbres you will hear in this part is a section of the strings using the 'col legno' technique where they quickly strike their strings with the wooden stick part of the bow, rather than by drawing the hair of the bow across the strings. This technique creates an otherworldly percussive bubbly sound that perfectly fits the alien nature of the indigenous Rock flayer humanoids.