Fancy hearing the sounds of Devil May Cry, even when you can't play it? In an appropriately modern take on franchise faithfulness, the entirety of the DmC soundtrack has been entrusted to one group, and it's none other than Dutch trio Noisia, known for their style of hard, heavy Drum n Bass.
Released earlier, the bonus version of the soundtrack contains 36 tracks of electronic music, with not one collaboration - all Noisia.
Drum n Bass has been getting more and more popular in games over the years. Its fast tempo suits an action-packed environment, and can transition into a different tone quicker for those soundtracks that adapt to gameplay. But big names are now being asked to work directly for the game instead of just including released music on the soundtrack, such as Pendulum in games like Motorstorm. A producer/DJ who skyrocketed to fame after his first album, Netsky, recently worked with Disney on an Epic Mickey 2 remix.
Rising to become recognisable names in Drum n Bass, Electronica, and now Dubstep, if the soundtrack were full of the "traditional" Noisia sound, it would go a little something like this:
While the selection of Noisia might seem like a statement of intent by a studio attempting to prove they can replicate the fast-paced combat of a beloved franchise, there are actually only a few Drum n Bass tracks on the album. There's a lot of atmospheric stuff on there, and a few tracks that are meaninglessly short (about 30 seconds), and it's a little confusing why those are included.
But who knows, maybe DmC will be good enough to join the ranks of those titles that when you hear their music, you're mentally teleported to the best moments of that game? As a Dante fan, I think I'm going to either love it or hate it, but at least they got the music right.