Mick Gordon
Doom


4.5
superb

Review

by Simon STAFF
December 8th, 2016 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album that could destroy an entire solar system if put on the right volume.

Ever felt like you could smash the world to dust with your fist" The uncontrollable urge to take on anything stupid enough to step in your path; caused by something that gives you a false sense of your abilities, and one that makes you feel completely indestructible. Music is a very powerful thing, and for a collection of tracks to send you into a frenzy of intense elation is a very special thing indeed, because you can’t smash a planet into dust, let alone take on that dog that keeps looking at you funny next door, but certain music connects with people in a very hypnotic way and can make you feel like you’ve unlocked Super Sayian status from the spin of an album.

I’m not the biggest lover of video games these days, I feel a little out of touch with the way the industry has gone in the last decade, but one game did happen to catch my eye this year, and not only made me a little less cynical by the time I finished it, but made me see what I loved about games again. That game is a reboot on the classic DOOM franchise. To put it into simple terms, there are two reasons why this game gave me the Stone Cold Stunner: the first is it amalgamated the contemporary FPS tropes associated with the Call of Duty age and meshed it together with a lot of old-skool game mechanics many developers have forgotten about these days -- and in an effortless way I might add. The second is indisputably its score. I haven’t felt such a strong connection to a game score since HEALTH’s Max Payne 3 soundtrack; it simply steals the show. When you’re running and gunning, the adrenaline is pumping, and all you can hear are the Djent guitar chugs and dub-step slams screaming in your ears as you frantically rip your enemies limps off and feed it to them.

This is a record that holds a devastating and killer production; a powerhouse that could potentially ruin the foundations of your house given you had a decent sound system to crank the sucker to 11. But taking its obvious strengths out of the equation, it’s a very experimental album, and one that seamlessly blends Djent, death metal, dub-step, ambient, glitch and synth in such a natural way. It’s completely sinister throughout, and rarely gives up an inch. This 31 track behemoth ranges from unsettling mood building to teeth shattering clanks from the guitars, drums and bass. Every instrument gets a chance to shine: be it the earth shaking bass found on “At Dooms Gates” or the electronic work on “Transistor Fist”, there is always a moment on this record where something stands out. However, the guitar and drum work on this thing is something else entirely and the rhythm and compositional flow of tracks from these two instruments creates such a satisfyingly heavy chaos; the kind of heavy I haven’t enjoyed from a metal record for a long time. The fact it comes from a game score makes it as much a surprise as the game itself. The flow of the album is largely composed of dreary, dank synth and electronic, with gaps for the heavier stuff to shine. This doesn’t diminish or dull anything said previously, on the contrary, it makes the heavier tracks stand out ten times more; it knows just how long to keep the ambient pieces going before slipping into some head jarring electronic swoops and fat drum kicks before finishing you off with a guitar slamming into gear, it’s extremely satisfying to hear.

It’s funny because I don’t normally like albums with this sort of polished production (which is why I don’t normally like stuff from the Djent genre), but the way it’s been crafted makes my feelings toward this kind of sound wither. The variation in sound gives this large album a wide berth, and things very rarely become dull or leave an overstayed welcome. If you’re a fan of heavy metal music, this is a must. It’s one of the best soundtracks to come out of this year, and it shouldn’t be missed. It enhances a great game, but makes for a great listen on its own too.

Superb.



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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2016


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally got around to listening to this on its own.

MO
December 8th 2016


22549 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck can't wait to play this

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2016


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awh man, you're in for a treat.

Pajolero
December 8th 2016


1055 Comments


Just got me a copy of the game for PS4, can't fuckin wait.

JakeStallion
December 8th 2016


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have no nostalgia for the original Doom but I picked this game up after a strong recommendation from a friend and I absolutely loved it. Definitely one of the freshest FPS games I've played in a while. The soundtrack was absolutely fantastic while playing, but I've yet to listen to it on its own (aside from BFG Division. That song SLAYS). Nice review man!

ConcubinaryCode
December 8th 2016


4540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice

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teamster
December 8th 2016


4045 Comments


Fuck yea, thanks for the review.

ABjordanMM
December 8th 2016


1712 Comments


So would this genre be considered ~DOOM~ Metal 8)

Devastator
December 8th 2016


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic review for a fantastic soundtrack to a fantastic game. Posd hard

bloc
December 8th 2016


55048 Comments


Game looks fun as hell. Soundtrack def fits

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Moge
December 9th 2016


400 Comments


Game is so fucking awesome, same goes for the soundtrack.

LaughingSkull
December 9th 2016


599 Comments


I’m not the biggest lover of video games these days, I feel a little out of touch with the way the industry has gone in the last decade, but one game did happen to catch my eye this year, and not only made me a little less cynical by the time I finished it, but made me see what I loved about games again. That game is a reboot on the classic DOOM franchise.


Thank god I'm not the only one. Aside from the Witcher series, Dota 2 and some indie titles (Path of Exile, Darkest Dungeon, Bastion, probably something I'm missing), the major gaming titles from the last decade have been incredibly lacking for me. Haven't played the new DOOM itself yet, but your review made me eager to do so.

hafta disagree on your description of the ablum's style, tho. It's mostly purely industrial.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2016


15240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers guys. Those that haven't played it, get on it, you won't regret it.





@Laughingskull mmm I can see your angle on the industrial influence, but I feel there was way more going on than just that.

But yeah, completely agree with you on the game thing, bud. The last AAA title I bought was Deus Ex Mankind Divided, and boy did that finish me off playing new games; it was effectively half a game shelved at full price, while the greedy bastards over at Eidos sell the rest of the game off to you as DLC. No thanks.



DOOM however, not only brought the love back by bringing a half challenging and abrasive shooter, but there was a full game there with looooaaaddddsss of extras included. There's DLC there now, but it doesn't affect the core game, which I thought was great given how games are sold these days.

LaughingSkull
December 9th 2016


599 Comments


^ I remember being put off by Deus ex 3 (Human Revolution), despite loving the very first Deus Ex from like the year 2000 or something. Yeah, games now definitely aren't like games back then. I'll try the new Doom and see if the trend's been reversed. Another title I forgot to mention is Shadow Warrior (recently got a sequel) which was a great, but sadly underrepresented and underappreciated game.

FullOfSounds
December 9th 2016


15771 Comments


Nice that this got a review

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
December 9th 2016


15003 Comments


goty

PumpBoffBag
December 9th 2016


936 Comments


eh I still play the original doom on my phone sometimes when I'm waiting for a bus or something, not had a chance to check out the reboot yet. Doesn't really look like my sort of thing tbh.

Regardless, absolutely fucking cracking review gonzo

christhjian
December 9th 2016


664 Comments


Idea itself seems pretty damn brilliant. I'll try to give it a full listen at some point. Some examples are really really awesome that I've just been listening.

TheBarber
December 9th 2016


3759 Comments


There's still soo many great games coming out each year tho
Many of the PS4 exclusives shine bright (due to sony investing money for riskier projects with the money made on the bigger lesser ones), the indie market is as healthy as ever with some great editors poping like Devolver Digital, crowdfunding has permitted the existence of projects nobody would have imagined before from almost dead genres that are being re-explored (I'm thinking of Kentucky Route Zero with adventure games). Even disappeared cult classics like Pathologic can re-appear thanks to todays game industry. Not to mention the occasional steam outsider with new exciting mechanics. I think this is a fascinating time once you dig behind all the glossy shit

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
December 9th 2016


15003 Comments


some foxxxy advice for all u kids about to jump into doom 16: play on ultra-violence
play on ultra-violence
play on ultra-violence
play on ultra-violence
play on ultra-violence
play on ultra-violence




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