The soundtrack offers an eerie opening that tells a story of darkness and tense feeling mixed with hints of hope of victory in the upcoming battle.
The opening provides a perfect battle setup that something awesome is about to happen: a miraculous victory won by a substantially smaller army.
Most outstanding for symbolism is the opening number with the word “Scuto” repeated.
“Scuto“ means “Shield” and its use in the music is emblematic of Pelayo standing and shielding his nation as well as the shield given to him by Our Lady of Covadogna.
The words are adapted from Psalm 90:5-6 - "His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night. Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noonday devil."
The singing of this word sounds warlike but almost angelic, like principalities going into battle for the rights of God. These angels side with the Goths in their desperate battle against those far superior in numbers and skill - the Muslim host.
Through the battle a feeling of desperation mingled with hope reigns. Arabian hints and Muslim drums proceed the battle, emphasizing how foreign this people was to Spanish culture, making this the best battle music we have ever heard.
I really must tell you more about the amazing ending song: "Santa Maria".
This song was inspired by the fact that the Virgin Mary appeared to the Visigoths on the day of the battle in the cave that they had set up as their headquarters. A small statue was preserved in the cave and is now known as Our Lady of Covadogna. Her image is used as the "Santa Maria" song cover.
The story of Pelayo is very important to Spanish history because his stand started the 800 year war against the Muslims to get them out of their country. It was a war that waged between Christ and the Devil over their nation, the same war we continue to fight to this day.
Pelayo started a new line of kings as well as a new Spanish kingdom. Well renowned king and saint, Ferdinand III, was a direct descendant of King Pelayo. Listening to the best battle music we have to offer is a great way to celebrate and reminisce the life and greatest victory of one of Spain's greatest kings.