9. Audio – Tie
When developing the soundtrack to Doom 2016, composer Mick Gordon had a very important objective in mind. He wanted to modernize the original soundtrack with the “utmost respect”, but didn’t want to include electric guitars, fearing that the game would be seen as a joke, like Bill and Ted.
Gordon wanted to convert the game’s “Argent energy” vibe to sine waves and white noise, creating a unique electronic sound in the process. After including some seven and eight-string guitars for a lower tone, the sound we now know as Doom was born.
So, obviously, Mick Gordon was brought on again to work on the soundtrack for Doom Eternal, but he wanted to do something a little different for his second round.
He made a callout for “metal screamers” to participate in the music recording sessions. These screamers included Tony Campos of Static-X, Sven de Caluwe of Aborted, James Dorton of Black Crown Initiate and even the recently deceased Nature Ganganbaigal of Tengger Cavalry.
Both soundtracks do their job of amping up the excitement of single-handedly taking on the forces of Hell, each banging note throbbing while you rip an Imp apart with your bare hands. It’s too difficult to choose who did it best when both did it so perfectly.