When we look back at the our picks for the best games of 2016, DOOM is sure to be on that list.
Many of my colleagues love the well executed simplicity of the game but it was the music that convinced me to part ways with R800 for the game.
Composed by Mick Gordon, DOOM’s score pays homage to the soundtrack from the original game, with a brutal twist.
That soundtrack has been floating around on YouTube in various forms since (and likely before) the game’s release. This week fans were happy to hear that Bethesda Softworks put the official soundtrack up for sale on iTunes (R79.99) and Google Play (R49.99).
That soundtrack, in all its heavy metal/djent glory went on to climb to the top of the iTunes charts according to a tweet from developer, id Software.
— id Software (@idSoftware) September 30, 2016
Sadly, DOOM has since been knocked down from the number one position and is currently at number 11 on the iTunes charts.
Meanwhile, over on Google Play Music, the soundtrack is sitting pretty at number six on the local store.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the DOOM soundtrack is how it wass produced. Gordon detailed some the techniques and equipment he used to create the soundtrack including a nine-string guitar, a slew of processors and effects pedals.
You can check out the process in the videos below as you involuntarily bang your head at your desk.
Well done to Gordon and Bethesda; we never thought we’d see a video game soundtrack loaded with this much metal topping any sort of chart.