What would DOOM be without music? A quieter experience, sure, but the franchise would likely also lose one of its key iconic elements - one of the ineffable parts that make the sum so much greater…and so much more memorable.
The musical history of the series is varied and memorable, so picking just five of the best tunes of the last 25 years of DOOM isn’t exactly an easy task. If you think we missed something, let us know your favorite tracks in the comments!
The first DOOM (2016) track on this list has two big things going for it. First, it’s a fantastically compelling tune, mixing metal, dubstep and classical themes to paint an aural picture best described as “unsettling.” It’s ominous as hell, urging the player forward while making them absolutely terrified to do so. Fitting, as its in-game appearance at the end of the Lazarus Labs level has you square off in an intimidating boss battle – take a guess who it’s against.
The other great thing about this track is that the music itself contains a few Easter eggs – visual ones. No, really: Some of those unsettling sounds heard in the opening theme, when viewed through a spectrogram, turn into repeated pentagrams and trios of sixes.