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!
1. “Sweet Little Dead Bunny”
You’ve done it. You’ve shotgunned and chainsawed and BFG’d your way through DOOM (1993). A hidden door opens and you return, at last, to an idyllic scene on the Earth you’ve just saved. There’s even an adorable little bunny nibbling on some clover in front of what looks like a lovely orange sunset, and....
Oh. Oh, no. That’s not a sunset. That’s the effluvium of Hell itself following you out of that doorway. And that bunny, well, that bunny is not long for this world.
The scene itself is delightfully twisted, but it’s the music that absolutely makes it. “Sweet Little Dead Bunny” starts out as an almost comically sweet tune, calling to mind Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” or the opening scene of any older Warner Bros. cartoon.
But then, just as the camera pans over the doorway itself, the tune is entirely subverted by wonderfully evil minor chords, before kicking into a fully DOOM-appropriate dark-metal piece. It’s a masterpiece of musical design and yet another example of the series’ magnificent mix of darkness and humor. And of course, it sets up DOOM II beautifully.
C’mon – you really didn’t think you’d be getting out that easily, did you?