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Gravemind
Album: Halo 3: Original Soundtrack
Length: 5:22
Composer: Martin O'Donnell
Previous song: One Final Effort
Next song: No More Dead Heroes


Gravemind is a musical piece included in the second disk of the Halo 3 Original Soundtrack. It includes the tracks Gravemind, Fated Journey, Flee, and Familiar Ring. In the Halo 3 campaign, it plays during the levels the Covenant, Floodgate and Halo and is five minutes and 22.037 seconds long (5:22.037).

The song is relatively quiet until around 1:01, when the music's tempo rises with intense, electrically-generated sounds. These sounds are from the Halo: Original Soundtrack piece Shadows, apart from the Gravemind speaking in the background, which may result in the name of this track. This is a classic Flood motif, meant to involve the player in the game with its fear-instilling beat and sounds. At approximately 1:52, the excerpt dies down and a chorus begins a slow melody. In the Floodgate gameplay, this would be when the Shadow of Intent arrives at the Battle of Voi, and also at the point where the Arbiter kills the Prophet of Truth. After this (at around 2:50), another chorus will begin a second Flood musical, except this part was made solely for the Halo 3 Original Soundtrack. This beat is generally based on a group of singers, and has an eerie feeling to it. At about 3:12, a short violin solo plays numerous high-pitched notes extremely fast. Finally, the Halo 3 theme plays until the end, with the exception of a drum-solo in the middle of it.

Trivia

  • The background message often refers to a line deciphered as "Side by side we march as one. Humans and Elites will die. Earth will fall if we strike together. So forth shall all life."
  • The name Familiar Ring fairly obviously refers to Installation 04 (II), the new Halo under construction over the Ark.

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