Flesh & Metal – The Unholy Marriage Between Metal and Video Games in Doom’s OST

Doom’s 2016 revival was a glorious success, both in popular acclaim and game-avid, technical circles. Its soundtrack, a marvelous, metallic creation by Mick Gordon, was a big part of its success. hy metal though? What about the game’s story, mechanics and design creates such an affinity for metal music in general and the specific kind of metal utilized on the soundtrack (namely extremely percussive, 8 string guitars, dark, electronic ambiance and larger than life production)? More than that, how does metal facilitate Doom in creating an atmosphere, a unique visual and aural signature that is then translated into vibe, strong delivery of emotions to the player and narrative?

59 – AOTY 2016 Deliberations, Part 1: Vape In

So we’re doing a two-part series on picking the podcast’s official albums of the year 2016. We start with the blog’s list of 400+ albums that are worth consideration this year, whittle it down to 86 albums we care about, and then start cutting them. The objective is to get to a ranked list of 10 items and an overall list of 20 albums. We get down to about 45 this week until the cuts really start to hurt. This was real fun to do, so I hope you all enjoy too! The lists will be posted below.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 10/7/16

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.

50 – Back Off Track

Eden’s back! This means we get to talk about stuff like Tidal, other streaming services, this article about Opeth (which gets us pretty salty), the breakup of Bolt Thrower, Portnoy playing the 12 step suite he wrote for Dream Theater, inconsistencies in promos labels send to us, then new music or news from bands like Dark Tranquillity, Downfall of Gaia, Oathbreaker, Alcest, Metallica, A Sense of Gravity, the DOOM OST by Mick Gordon, Plini, Watchtower, Riverside, Pain of Salvation, Mithridatic and Venom Prison. Finally we talk about Elvenking’s underrated The Pagan Manifesto. Enjoy!

Mick Gordon’s Work Spells DOOM For Traditional Soundtracks

Earlier this year, iD Software released the newest game in the storied Doom series, and despite negative reception to early builds of the game, the final product turned out to be the most entertaining and bad-ass shooter in years. According to the developers, the final build of the game was inspired by “Huge demons, fast movement, big fucking guns and metal” and it certainly shows. That design philosophy extends to the incredible soundtrack that goes a long way towards selling the whole aesthetic. Bringing back the talent of Australian composer Mick Gordon, who also did the soundtrack for the excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order and season one of Microsoft’s rebooted Killer Instinct, Doom’s soundtrack, officially (finally) released yesterday. It’s over 2 hours of grooving metallic riffs and pounding industrial/electronic elements blended together so seamlessly you’ll wonder why it hasn’t ever been done this well before.