Just my own anecdotal experience, but several weeks ago I took what was at the time my highest level toon, a level 55 guard, through Enedwaith and ultimately as far south as Galtrev just to poke my head into areas I had never been and to do a little suicide farming for skarn ore. When I got to Galtrev, the whole experience was rather jarring, and not in a good way. Leaving aside the oddness of walking through streets amongst White-hand half-orcs and finding a state-of-the-art crafting/guild hall in what otherwise was a stone-age shanty town populated by knuckle-dragging savages, I was struck aghast most by what I was hearing - THE THEME MUSIC OF BREE-TOWN! The happy-go-lucky Bree-town music was looping over and over in this Eru-forsaken, primitive ghetto, which inspired a broad spectrum of negative feelings. The music seemed inappropriate, misplaced, random, and generally like some intern at Turbine who had no musical sensibilities was put in charge of drawing names out of hat for which recycled themes to bind to which areas in the new region. I was deeply and profoundly disappointed by my brief experience in Galtrev. Though I still have not leveled any alt high enough to quest in Dunland, I am now in no hurry to get there and may spend considerable time in Lorien, Mirkwood, and Enedwaith getting well into my 70's before I ever darken the gates of Galtrev again or any RoI area, except to suicide farm. And most of this is due to my shocking musical experience there.
Having said all that, I am thrilled to hear the composer of all the themes I so dearly love from Lorien all the way to Thorin's Hall will be setting the musical standards for RoR. For this I can't wait. I'll likely spend no more time in Dunland than I need to get rep with the two factions and head into what should be a another great gaming and musical experience in the Mark.
I personally think Howard Shore's music for the films is by far the best of all soundtracks for any adaptation for Lord of the Rings. It's too bad it hasn't or can't be used.
The only guy who comes close to Howard Shore is Chance Thomas. Some of his tracks I don't like, but in general, they are very, VERY good. Someone posted a link to his track of War of the Ring (in fact, a few of the tracks from that game have been used in LOTRO such as the dwarf themes), and I liked them all, especially the Mordor one. It was amazing. I'm glad he's on for RoR.
As for music in game already, there are a couple of SoA themes I don't like. A lot of the Ettenmoors/lone-lands music is grating on me, and Angmar seems a little uninspired (except the Rift, Rift is amazing). But I love the North Downs, Forochel, and Misty Mountains. The combat music for Misty Mountains is my all time favorite in LOTRO.
But a lot of tracks Moria on grate a bit on me. Lothlorien isn't as repetitive as Rivendell, but it has that same TOO idyllic tone to me. I liked trollshaws a lot better. Mirkwood is fair, I like it for the most part.
But I have to agree with most others in the thread that Dunland (Enedwaith, even) and Isengard music is by far the worst. Terrible.
Maybe I'm biased because I remembered Shore's Isengard themes, but I literally groaned when I started questing in Nan Curunir.
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Maybe they should ask Achazia if she would sell some of her pieces for the game That would be pretty win. Not only because her music is awesome but would show some true community spirit from Turbine as well.