War in the North’s soundtrack is sharply attuned to the environment and mood setting. Not just battle music, but spine-pricking strings if you’re in the tombs, or gentle horns depicting the snow-falling-on-cedars beauty of the Ettenmoors. Inon Zur, whose name sounds like it belongs to a Decepticon more than an orchestral composer, handles War in the North’s soundtrack. He’s a veteran at this. He’s composed soundtracks for Prince of Persia, EverQuest, and Dragon Age, and his most recent work was for the short film Assassin’s Creed: Ascendance, and Fallout: New Vegas.

Jeremy Soule, whose name sounds like he should be making elevator Muzak versions of Kenny G’s greatest hits, gives Skyrim its underwhelming battle music and a lush but generically applied blanket of sound to your wanderings. He handled the soundtracks for both The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, so it was an easy (or perhaps lazy) choice to bring him back.

Interestingly, Inon Zur has composed more soundtracks for Bethesda games than Jeremy Soule has. Strangely, Jeremy Soule’s most recent work was for The Offering and Dracula and Stoker, two films that no one’s ever heard of.