Goddamn, how good was DOOM? The 2016 imagining was far better than it had any right to be and is still talked about as one of the best FPS’s releases in recent times.
But more than the gore, the gameplay and the all-round kick-assness of donning the Doomslayer garb again, it was Mick Gordon’s grinding, unrelenting soundtrack, which perfectly adapted to your actions as you ripped and tore your way through demon-infested Mars, descending into the belly of hell itself.
Good news, then, as Laced Records and id Software have announced that the DOOM OST will make its long-awaited debut on physical audio formats (Vinyl/CD) in Summer 2018.
Cut at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, the soundtrack will be available in four formats, spanning a Deluxe Double CD, Double Vinyl with 20 favourite tracks selected by the developers, a Special Edition Four-Disc Vinyl and a Special Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set – pressed on red 180g wax, this Hellish 4 LP collection includes the Deluxe Double CD and a limited-edition customised DOOM turntable slipmat. The Special Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set will only be available via pre-order for a limited time window ending 2nd May 2018 direct from Laced Records.
Composed by long-time Bethesda collaborator Mick Gordon, his dark and intense vision channels industrial metal to mirror DOOM’s trademark brutal power fantasy gameplay across 31 synth and metal-filled tracks, spanning over two hours of runtime.
A true passion project, the recording process saw Gordon representing DOOM’s portrayal of Hell through the role of energy in sound production, imparting the physical properties of analogue equipment onto digital sources.
To mimic the power of Hell and its corruptive Argent energy, Mick created the “DOOM Instrument”. Consisting of pure sine wave inputs directed into four separate sound processing chains and a variety of post-processing techniques, it allowed Gordon to dynamically ‘corrupt’ generated sounds.
Further callbacks to the franchise’s legacy and imagery are found as the soundtrack’s signature screeching guitar lines are layered with the chainsaw audio from the original 1993 title.
Fans can pre-order all editions of the soundtrack via the Laced Records store