Trent Reznor to work on CoD:Blops 2 soundtrack

#1 Posted by sawtooth (457 posts) -

Posted here.

Damn it Reznor.

CoD: blops =/= Quake

#2 Posted by Village_Guy (2664 posts) -

Reznor eh, sounds a bit like Reznov. A perfect match?

...I don't know what I'm talking 'bout, I can't really decide anything about this before I hear more of the soundtrack.

#3 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3925 posts) -

What? That's super rad, I love Trent.

#4 Posted by believer258 (12201 posts) -

Cool! Still won't make me buy BlOps 2, though. I'm not completely writing it off because it sounds like they're trying to do something at least a little bit different, but it won't be a day one or even a month one buy.

#5 Posted by Brodehouse (10130 posts) -

Quake soundtrack in Blops 2 confirmed.

Trent Reznov, bad case of the Blops.

#6 Posted by MeierTheRed (4941 posts) -

As much as i love Trent, that won't change my views on what the COD franchise has become.

#7 Posted by Animasta (14726 posts) -

oh man now I'm super excited to hear the soundtrack

not to play the game, I am only tentatively and mildly excited for that.

#8 Posted by GS_Dan (1397 posts) -

That's cool, but Jack Wall is the man.

#9 Posted by Cheesebob (1249 posts) -

Reznor getting that BANK!

#10 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

Loved Black Ops, Didn't buy MW3, will get this day 1,

#11 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

What? That's crazy. Next you'll be telling me Paul McCartney is going to be working on the next Halo game!

Seriously, though, this thread is super misleading. Trent is only writing the main theme, with Jack Wall--of Mass Effect fame--writing the rest of the score.

#12 Posted by Morrow (1823 posts) -

I'll never play a CoD game, but I'd definately listen to that soundtrack :)

#13 Posted by Village_Guy (2664 posts) -

@SpaceInsomniac said:

What? That's crazy. Next you'll be telling me Paul McCartney is going to be working on the next Halo game!

That's crazy talk man. Paul McCartney is going to be working on the next Bungie game :P

#14 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

@Village_Guy said:

@SpaceInsomniac said:

What? That's crazy. Next you'll be telling me Paul McCartney is going to be working on the next Halo game!

That's crazy talk man. Paul McCartney is going to be working on the next Bungie game :P

Oh yeah. Sometimes I forget that they're not the same anymore.

#15 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

Well bloops stills has the quake engine so this makes some sense

#16 Posted by Animasta (14726 posts) -

@SpaceInsomniac said:

What? That's crazy. Next you'll be telling me Paul McCartney is going to be working on the next Halo game!

Seriously, though, this thread is super misleading. Trent is only writing the main theme, with Jack Wall--of Mass Effect fame--writing the rest of the score.

oh fuck that then

#17 Posted by jakob187 (21762 posts) -

Between the soundtracks for Quake and The Social Network, I'm MORE than okay with this news!

#18 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

@jakob187 said:

Between the soundtracks for Quake and The Social Network, I'm MORE than okay with this news!

If you're not already aware of the fact, you should know that Trent also did the three disc soundtrack for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

And again, it's just the main theme with Black Ops 2.

#19 Posted by McGriddle550 (282 posts) -

YOU BRING ME CLOSER TO COD!!!!!!

#20 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

@McGriddle550 said:

YOU BRING ME CLOSER TO COD!!!!!!

COD money, I'd do anything for you.

#21 Posted by McGriddle550 (282 posts) -

@SpaceInsomniac said:

@McGriddle550 said:

YOU BRING ME CLOSER TO COD!!!!!!

COD money, I'd do anything for you.

Every COD is exactly the same.

#22 Posted by Kankohii (64 posts) -

@McGriddle550 said:

@SpaceInsomniac said:

@McGriddle550 said:

YOU BRING ME CLOSER TO COD!!!!!!

COD money, I'd do anything for you.

Every COD is exactly the same.

COD Given

#23 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

@McGriddle550 said:

@SpaceInsomniac said:

@McGriddle550 said:

YOU BRING ME CLOSER TO COD!!!!!!

COD money, I'd do anything for you.

Every COD is exactly the same.

My first thought was that day and COD don't rhyme, so that doesn't work. That quickly gave way to an "ah, I see what you did there" kind of moment.

#24 Posted by McGriddle550 (282 posts) -

@SpaceInsomniac: I like to be layered with my Call of Duty based NIN parodies.

#25 Posted by guiseppe (2842 posts) -

That might make me buy the soundtrack, but not the game.

#26 Posted by GunstarRed (5476 posts) -

That's cool, but I sure hope it's something a little different as the last few things he's put out all sound the same... Oh man, that's not gonna happen at all is it.

#27 Posted by vorpalparasite (306 posts) -

CODfuckers! CODfuckers incorporated!

#28 Edited by Ehker (235 posts) -

I don't see famous artists putting much passion in game music. Not to the level of TV and Movies.

Recent example was last SOCOM had Bear McCreary who did a pretty average job that wasn't near what he did for Battlestar. Still.... budget and exposure is huge on CoD so maybe Reznor will care a bit more.

#29 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Silly Activision, my money is for other games.

#30 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

@vorpalparasite said:

CODfuckers! CODfuckers incorporated!

It's not even like all the ones that actually work have been taken.

There is no COD up in the sky tonight.

It won't give up, it wants me dead, and COD damn this noise inside my head.

Put my faith in COD, and my trust in you, now there's nothing more fucked up I could do.

HEY COD! I believed your promises, your promises and lies.

And last but not least...

COD is dead, and no one cares.

#31 Posted by august (3866 posts) -

@McGriddle550 said:

YOU BRING ME CLOSER TO COD!!!!!!

Hmm. Yes.

#32 Posted by Peacemaker (1106 posts) -

This has actually made me somewhat interested in the game.

#33 Posted by Animasta (14726 posts) -

@SpaceInsomniac: may COD have mercy on our dirty little souls?

#34 Posted by vietthreat (65 posts) -

I think this is cool if hes actually interested which is up for debate but if he puts effort in then COD will sound great. Like alot of people I hope that COD BO 2 does something different and deviates from the standard COD offering because this one at least on the surface level seems different enough.

#35 Posted by EvilNiGHTS (1093 posts) -

I think they're really overselling Reznor's involvement in this thing. He's composing the theme, it's the same amount of work that Korn did for Haze, and yet trailers and other PR videos make out like he's scoring the entire game.

#36 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -

Reznor's gamertag is NineInchBluntsxxx420. No surprise he's doing the soundtrack.

#37 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

@Breadfan said:

Reznor's gamertag is NineInchBluntsxxx420. No surprise he's doing the soundtrack.

Kind of a lame joke. I assume you're not a fan?

#38 Posted by Breadfan (6590 posts) -
@SpaceInsomniac said:

@Breadfan said:

Reznor's gamertag is NineInchBluntsxxx420. No surprise he's doing the soundtrack.

Kind of a lame joke. I assume you're not a fan?

Just a fan of lame jokes.
#39 Edited by umdesch4 (771 posts) -

So, did anyone get it? I assumed (foolish me) that for the crazy amount of money the hardened edition cost, it would actually include a physical soundtrack CD. Boy am I naive or what?

So now I've got this coin with a code, but apparently, if you use the code from your xbox, there's no way to download the soundtrack. You have to use the code at the website callofduty.com/blackops2ce, but if you use it in one place, you can't use it in the other ("invalid code"), so you either get the soundtrack on your PC, or the Exclusive Weapon Camo, Zombies Themed Player Card Background, and Nuketown 2025 Player Card Background on your 360. You can't do both.

I'm curious to know if this download is offered in any lossless format, 'cuz if it's just a bunch of mp3s, I can imagine Trent (and to a lesser extent Jack Wall) being mighty pissed about it. Trent can't stand compressed audio formats, which is one reason why I love him so much.

Edit: Nope. Not only not lossless, but rather badly encoded mp3s. This sucks, not at all what I was led to believe we were getting.

#40 Posted by umdesch4 (771 posts) -

You've gotta be fucking kidding me. The Russian release of the hardened edition came with the soundtrack on 2 physical CDs. So the only people so far who got what was advertised are the russians. What a world. I'm downloading a FLAC rip of it now. I hope this is legit, but for the moment, I've seen enough people confirming it that it seems to be true...

#41 Posted by Nightriff (5361 posts) -

I absolutely love Reznor and everything he does, so how is the soundtrack?

#42 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

@Nightriff said:

I absolutely love Reznor and everything he does, so how is the soundtrack?

Sounds like he sold out.

#43 Edited by umdesch4 (771 posts) -

Well, I dunno. It seems like Trent was only really involved with the main theme song, and it sounds kind of like a generic NIN instrumental, maybe something that could have been left off of The Fragile because it wasn't quite interesting enough...or maybe Ghosts, I dunno. I'm sure you've heard it already, so you can decide.

The rest of it is similarly typical Jack Wall stuff. I recognize the feel from Mass Effect in a lot of places. Some of it is almost as catchy to listen to on it's own as the Mass Effect soundtracks, but I dunno.

A standout track for me is Track 19, the Anthem remix done by Brian Tuey. Also, track 15, Nino Precioso with the spanish guitar and Kamar de los Reyes on vocals is kind of a neat change of pace. (The orchestral version of the same track near the end, track 23 on CD 2, or track 48 of the download, just strikes me as cheesy though)

The recording of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 In G minor which opens CD 2 (or track 26) is a pretty competent performance. Dunno who that was, but it sounds pretty sweet. I'm curious about where in the game it's used. ;)

Some of the tracks are hilariously bad. The Invasion of Panama for example, with spanish guitar, orchestra stabs, and a techno bassline, is downright silly, IMHO.

All in all, much of it makes good background music, but it's not something I can imagine myself listening to often. I'd rather listen to Trent's latest project/band How To Destroy Angels, personally.

Oh, and if you can find a FLAC of the 2 CD version that came with the russian edition of the game, it has around 4 kHz more spectrum than the mp3s, and sounds a lot crisper, but is yet another victim of the loudness wars, so there's little improvement in dynamic range.

That's my take on it so far, but I'm only on my second listen-through now, so YMMV.

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