July 6, 2009

Trent Reznor - Quake Soundtrack (1996)

1996 was a great year for Trent Reznor, the mastermind behind the industrial powerhouse known as Nine Inch Nails. He was still riding on the success of The Downward Spiral (1994) and the accompanying EPs, he was making his name as the producer of Antichrist Superstar, the concept album that propelled Marilyn Manson to infamy, he was getting warmed up with the soundtrack for Lost Highway, the upcoming film by virtuoso David Lynch, which also led to additional collaboration with one David Bowie, and finally, he released the soundtrack for the video game of the year, the 3D shooter Quake. This last item is particularly interesting, first because it is usually forgotten in Reznor's rich discography, second, because it includes some masterfully atmospheric instrumental work, the kind that Reznor only hinted at on previous releases, and third because despite its obscurity it is easily on par with NIN's Ghosts (2008). The album contains ten tracks, all of which are recommended listening for the wee hours of the night, when the dark gets darker and the shadows become living beings. Download the album here and enjoy!

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