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Reznor writes Call Of Duty videogame soundtrack, How To Destroy Angels album complete

By | Published on Wednesday 11 July 2012

Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor has composed the soundtrack for new videogame ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops II’, he has told USA Today. Although his best known soundtrack work is for the more recent ‘Social Network’ and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ movies, his earliest soundtrack projects were for videogames, composing music for ‘Quake’ in 1996 and ‘Doom 3’ in 2004.

Reznor said of the game and his music: “I have always looked to that franchise as the cutting edge of what seemingly unlimited budgets and full-on not cutting any corners can do in the current day and age. There is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface [in ‘Black Ops II’]. So it didn’t make sense to have a gung ho patriotic feeling kind of theme song. It has to feel weighty”.

As for his post-Nine Inch Nails project with wife Mariqueen Maandiq and long-time studio partner Atticus Ross, How To Destroy Angels, Reznor said that their long awaited album is now complete: “We have a finished album. It’s been finished for a little while. We’re doing a little bit of tweaks on it. The record will be out soon. We are doing a different type of distribution this time so it’s taking a little bit longer to coordinate stuff. There’s a lot of music about to be unleashed, videos, etc”.

He also added that new Nine Inch Nails material is currently “in its gestation period”.

Watch the trailer for ‘Call Of Duty: Black Ops II’, featuring snatches of Reznor’s soundtrack, here:



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