Donna Burke talks about her involvement creating The Phantom Pain’s theme song Sins of the Father: ‘The best song I’ve ever done’

In an interview with website Gaming Moe, Donna Burke, the Australian singer and actor who is performing several songs in Metal Gear Solid V, as well as providing the voice for Snake’s iDroid, talked about her involvement in the creation of the song, among other topics.

During the interview she mentioned how she did not like some of the lyrics of Heaven’s Divide [one of Peace Walker’s main themes, also by Donna Burke], and suggested changes which were accepted by Kojima Productions. With Sins of the Father, there was also a lot of going back and forth during the creation of the song, with specific input from Kojima as well. All in order to create the best thing they possibly can. “It really is about the fans – the fans are… really indulged by Kojima. Just pure indulgence!” Donna Burke said. “They wanted to exceed every expectation from Heaven’s Divide and just slam it out of the ballpark into another galaxy. Which I think they’ve achieved, absolutely.”


In response to the question what gaming related work means the most to her, Donna Burke said: “Sins of the Father, without a doubt. There’s something really powerful about that song on a non-language level – just the sound and the chords.”

She expressed her appreciation for the song earlier in the interview as well, even calling it the best song she’s ever done: “It’s such an awesome, fabulous song. It’s such an honor, honest to god. The best song I’ve ever done.”

To read the full interview, in which Donna Burke talks about other topics and roles she has done as well, head over to Gaming Moe.

You can listen to part of Sins of the Father in the video below (keep in mind that the music heard during the E3 2013 trailer actually consists of two songs, as confirmed by Donna Burke herself).

Source: Gaming Moe, via TheSnakeSoup

  • gerber

    In my heart I just know that there’s no way to light up the dark in his eyes…

    • im a dot

      his pure blue eyes have faded

  • RoderickThe13

    Such an amazing song. Can’t wait for the full version.

    • John Rhogan

      Here, here!! Also can’t wait for when this game’s released.

  • Golgari

    This version is so much better Nyx. 😀

    I want the full version of the song but the real reason why they don’t do it is because Kojima reveal the new themes for the song with each gaming show or a trailer. I think the full version will be in the game first and after that there will be a release.

    • Yeah, but there are rarely any versions that don’t include the song from the beginning (which is actually a different song), so I chose that one to avoid confusion.

  • Rikimaru

    I’ve been in love with this song and its lyrics ever since I watched that TPP Red Band trailer. Oh my god, what a voice!

  • NakedSnake85

    Solid Snake is waay betrer than Big Bo- WWHHHOOO HHHHHOOOOOOOOAAAA

  • Big_Boss88

    I love this very much 😀 and no other game ever did such a good song even for a trailer. I have watched E3 2013 trailer more than anything and big part of it is thanks to this fantastic song. The beginning when we hear the other beautiful part is enough to make fans feel lots of emotions. Especially in the trailer when Kaz starts talking about his phantom pain…them tears T_T.

    The lyrics also are damn great.
    Thank you so much Kojima and Donna ^___^ !

    P.S. it’s kinda cool that the first time I heard Donna was as VA in SH2 years ago 🙂 (I think), time sure flies xD.

    • decoyF0XX

      The part that always kills me:

      “Snake, what took you so long”

      Then the epic music starts!!!

      • Big_Boss88

        Yeah I know 😀 and also loving when Snake says “Kaz it’s me, I’m here to get you out” <3 !

        Hmm I wonder how my escape goes with Kaz, will I do it Rambo style like in this trailer or more stealthy xD. Assuming there's a freedom of choice on how to do it, or maybe enemies get alerted when try to escape.

        • decoyF0XX

          I’ll infiltrate stealthily in the night, then go into a wild rage after I’ve rescued Kaz, hopefully exactly at sunrise when the sun is burning orange like in the trailer, gunning down everybody in my way, Ride of the Valkyries playing in the background, as my chopper stands by! 😀

  • Fraaancis

    Im waiting full version SOOOOOOO MUCH.
    Like, really, this is one of the reasons i cant wait for TPP to come out.

  • Venom_Sina

    The song is fantastic and has some connections to “Metal Gear Saga”.they’ve done a great job.Thanks:”Donna Burke,Ludvig Forsell,Akihiro Honda”for this great song.Can’t wait for the full version to be played in “The Phantom Pain”!!!

  • Kaz

    That song is so good, gives me chills every time I hear it.

    • Shalashaska

      Hmm.. You mean it FIDDLES you, right?

  • LukesAlike

    Hah, nice.

  • Altaim

    i rike it

  • Shalashaska

    Who else wishing there is another one like this while this song plays loudly in the back ? 😀
    Damn, imagine climbing it and then snake loses grip on the very top just for the boss to put her hand there and pull him up.. Big boss safe on top, staggered for a second with his face towards the ground and then looks up to see where she is and she isnt there.. just a figment of his imagination. Damn, Kojima, do it! xD
    Cant wait to get this for the x360, Release it soon! :'(

    • Big_Boss88

      That would be amazing :D.

      I’m sure Kojima will show us something really epic like the ladder climb 🙂 ! Also don’t worry we will get the game soon, it’s already 2015 after all. Over 2 years of waiting behind us so not much further ;)…

      • Shalashaska

        haha hell yea! Im also wishing they put “nuclear” somewhere in there.. i can just imagine carrying a POW on my back, getting shot at from all sides, running for the helicopter while that songs plays in the back.
        This game is going to be Epicness.

        Man, I hope so.. Im gonna have to die if i wait any longer for this game… i would literally take the foxdie virus if it meant getting this game sooner :'(

        • Big_Boss88

          Yeah I know :D. We can of course always listen Nuclear during the game by using our custom playlist. When even PS4 support the USB-music files now. But it’s not the same feeling as listening them from the iDroid playlist in-game though.

          The wait sure has been long, but lets hope it won’t be much longer :(. I’m able to survive quite well when trying to play other games, to keep me occupied. Although I keep thinking about TPP pretty much all the time lol xD.

          • Shalashaska

            yea but i’ve havent bothered using the custom playlist function yet.. i guess i should try that 😀 But still if it’s a unlockable song in the iDroid, that would be amazing because then i wont have to go thru the hassle of getting a song on my x360’s harddrive 🙂 I’d run thru an enemy base on hard if it would unlock that song 😀

            Yup..very long but Im glad Kojima is up there… i feel sad for kojimafor the pressure he must be under now… i mean we all want a game ut to him, it must be his baby that he gotta polish before opening it up to the world so i guess i understand.. still hoping it would release soon 🙂 ARIGATO KOJIMA SAN!

            AHH GOOD FOR YOU! As i have only the x360 and wont be able to get a next gen console for too long.. i got only the x360 for which there arent many games coming out this year.. so i dont have much of a choice.. just gotta buy old games that i haven’t played like mass effect series or something 🙂

          • Big_Boss88

            I love the Mass Effect games very much 😀 and they’re some of the best scifi games out there!

          • Shalashaska

            just got mass effect 1 ! I hope the series is enough to keep me going till this game releases..after mgsv does, i’ll throw out mass effect xD

      • Solid Snake

        The ladder climb actually had been existed in the old Metal Gear game in 80’s

    • Bigbossmsf1974

      what ah thriiiiiilllll…….with darkness and silents threw the niiiiiiight………..what ah thriiiiiiilllll……..and i’m searching and melting to yooooou…….what ah fear in my heaaaaaart……but your SOOOOOO SUPREMEEEEEEEE…….I’LL GIVE MY LIIIIIIIIIFE…….NOT FOR HONORRRRR….BUUUUUT FOOOOR YOOOOOOOOOOU…(snake eaterrrrr)…..IN MMMMY TIIIIIME…..THERE BE NOOOO OOOOONE EEEEEEEELSE..(snake eaterrrrr)…..CRIIIIIIME…..IS THE WAAAAAY…IIIIII FLYYYY TO YOOOOOOOOU…….IIIIIII’M STIIIIIIIL….IN AH DREAAAAAAAAM…..SNAKE EATERRRRRRRR. God man why did you had to post that stair well, now i’m all emotional, THE FEEEELINGS, THE MEMORIESSSS,,,,…BOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSS.

      • Shalashaska

        haha and your song got me wanting to play Mgs 3 again..going back to mgs 3 now 😀

        • Bigbossmsf1974

          Son……you got a way to faaaaall…..there’ll tell you were to goooooo……..but they don’t……knooooooow……..hoooooooe……….I got something in my throooooat……I needs to belooooong……why I suuuuuuuffer…..hooooooooe. The feeeelings, the memorieeees……….fooooooooox.

          • Shalashaska

            You’re Pretty Good!

          • Bigbossmsf1974

            Thank you shalaskaska

  • Alex

    She really Hyped the hell out of the song. My biggest take away from the interview is that we heard this song after 6 months of work on it, and since then there has been an additional 18 months of work that has been done on it, with very little shown from it (just the bits from TGS).

  • PrinceHeir

    Tbh i’m not really hype with the song. Maybe because there’s not much lyrics and all, but i kinda forgotten about the song when they used Nuclear song in that TPP trailer.

    But we’ll see. MGSV is really getting toe to toe with MGS3. 10 year difference, open world, theme songs, more emotional scenes etc.

    • Alex

      For as good and fitting as Nuclear is, it was really disappointing to me because it was just a licensed track, making it feel like a fan-made YouTube trailer. Kojima had never done this, and always had an esteemed caliber when it comes to editing trailers to his own music. Metal Gear as a whole prides themselves in their music, just as they do real time cutscenes. It was a really good trailer, but felt fan-made none the less. It had no impact knowing that song will have nothing to do with the experience when you actually get it in your hands. Where as Sins of the Father, you know for dang sure will be integrated into the game in a MAJOR way, possibly through gameplay, like Heaven’s Divide did. The Hype is Real. As is this Phantom Pain!

  • Cipher

    Every MGS song is made to reflect the theme of every game
    in an epic way

    ” In my heart I just know that there’s no way to light up the dark in his eyes. “

    • Big_Boss88

      “The world calls for wetwork and we answer… No greater good, no just cause!” WHOOOOOHOOAAAAAAA!

      • Venom_Sina

        Kaz:Cipher sent us to hell,but we’re going even deeper,take back everything that we’ve lost.
        Big Boss:Kaz….I’m already a Demon.

        • decoyF0XX

          “We pull in money, recruits, just to combat Cipher. Rubbing our noses in bloody battlefield dirt…All for revenge”

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  • Hanna-Mari

    Just deep and dark… and beautiful. “Snake, what took you so long.” I always say that line while listening this song.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Guys, we have a full look at “The Medic” Face, and looking like a Beardless Snake gives us 2 Advantages.
    1. Much easier to make an idea on Actors that could play Snake in the MGS Movie.
    2. Is a freakin Snake Blueprint for Video Games with Character Creation, being able to accurately Re-Create MGSV Snake in Games like Dragon Age, Saints Row, 2K15, WW2K15 etc.

    • NakedSnake85

      medic is snakes body double in the phantom pain. no doubt in my mind

      • MichaelPayneV

        No, not that idiot theory, i’m not talking about that, Venom Snake is Big Boss, he has way to much Honor and thirst for Revenge to put someone else in his place, No, what i’m saying is that the only place you can put “The Medic” in GZ Cast Like considering that he is not part of the extras, is at the “Snake” Portion, there is a reason in the list for Big Boss to be noted as just “Snake”, that’s what i’m talking about, not the double theory BS.

        I’m just trying ask you which Snake could The Medic be, because he is a Snake, that is not the question, i’m asking which one do you think he is?

        • Big Boss’ clones are 2 -3 years old during the events of GZ, so the medic can’t be any of those really. Plus, it wouldn’t make much sense story wise.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Maybe GZ is they way Big Boss remembers the events while in Coma, and “The Medic” appears in there because he was in Hospital with him at the time he had the Dream, combining the GZ Events with what is happening in the Hospital.

            What i’m trying to say is that “The Medic” was not in the Chopper, in the chopper was a Random Medic, but Snake has the impression that The Medic is Ishmael because of the need to remember.

          • Sting’s Dad

            Love you Nyx. A core MGS fan with logic; who happens to run a fantastic website. Keep up the fine work Sir.

          • Thank you!

  • Big_Boss88

    Was this posted before?
    I hope the rumor of co-op is true, would be really cool :)!

    Stop between 0:15-0:16 .

    • I emailed the guy who made it and he said this motion test won’t be in the game, and also asked us not to share it. Not sure what conclusions we can draw from the menu, but the safest thing to do is to not draw any. 😛 They could very well be placeholder words.

      • Big_Boss88

        I see ;(, sorry for posting it. I wasn’t drawing very much conclusions from it in the end anyway lol :).

        • No it’s fine, still fun to take a look at.

    • Shalashaska

      woah woah.. i hope it is but IT SHOULD NOT EFFECT the buddy system.. IF they want co-op.. they should keep the buddy system the best they can.. with a co-op, the buddy system will be no more.. i got no friends to come over and playy everytime :/ i mean.. they cant come everytime i want to play.. that would mean they’d have to live in my house !
      The buddy system is great and should be great! No leaving it incomplete. please..

  • John Smith

    It really is an amazing song. Can’t wait for the full version of it.

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