When I posted my Thresh fanfiction last week, I included a campfire song about Thresh. But that song isn’t one I made up: It’s Thresh’s actual theme. Like every recent champion in the game, his release was marked with his own login screen and theme music. I said in his Character Spotlight that one of the coolest parts of his concept was that he was effectively a boogeyman, and that’s especially relevant here, since his song is children singing about the Chain Warden himself to fearsome instrumentals. I’ll talk about it in a sec, but first give it a listen:
Not that it was exactly hard to figure out before, but you’ve probably gathered by now why I’m featuring Thresh so much for this Halloween, huh?
Quite simply it’s an awesome theme. One of the few login screens for the game that’s really, really scary and unnerving. There’s just something about kids, man! Their little voices are freaky when they sing about chains and doom and stuff. Thresh’s backstory mentions in passing that he’s a boogeyman talked about in campfire stories, but that wasn’t really focused on until his login theme here, in which you get to hear just such a story!
Reminds me of songs like Ring Around the Rosie, which is a children’s song believed by some to be about the Black Death. There are certainly plenty of nursery rhymes that sing about disturbing things — or at least things that sound disturbing without any knowledge of what the freaking hell the kids are singing about — and Thresh’s theme almost seems like a reference to this kind of thing. Really it’s just an actual example of the in-lore children’s stories about him, but it achieves the effect nonetheless.
A few of the lines always sounded a little awkward to pronounce to me (“‘ere they drag you away” for example), but it’s nothing major, and in some ways might even make it feel more authentic. Either way it’s a fittingly eerie song for the scary trenchcoat ghost and it has some awesome buildup in how it starts eerie then gets flat-out frightening. One of my favorite login themes for the game, and I have it on my playlist every time I play Thresh… which is a lot.
Let me know your thoughts about Thresh’s theme in the comments!