Doom Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Doom by Clint Mansell.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 69.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.73
Album Excellence: 24%
Doom, the 1993 video game from id Softwarre, the brainchild of John Carmack and John Romero, is one of the most influential video games ever made. Sure, you had Wolfenstein 3D, but Doom really kickstarted the whole 3D craze. It’s a first perspective shooter and I used to play it on the school lan back in the day and yes it was awesome. Countless hours have been wasted playing this game and I’ve completed it a few times. It was best in multiplayer though. In 12 years later, in 2005, a movie based on the Doom franchise came out directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak and it starred up and coming action stars such as Karl Urban and Dwayne Johnson. The movie was probably a stinker though because I can’t remember anything from it. the music is composed by Clint Mansell.
One big question was on everyone’s lip when it came to the score release. Would Mansell use the classic Doom theme? The answer is.. no. I kind of wish he did his own version. It would have really made a difference. He does get the feel of the Doom universe right though with the main title ‘Doom’. There’s guitar of the metal kind which is a necessity. The opening cue ‘C24’ merely serves as a teaser. ‘Olduvai / Facing Demons’ continues on the same track as ‘Doom’ and tha’t sgood, although I am still lacking a powerful theme like the original Doom theme I assume is composed by Robert Prince.
Obviously this is a sci-fi/horror movie, so there’s usually has to be some moody and atmospheric stuff. With Doom it sort of is, but it’s not quite clicking for me. ‘Searching…’ and ‘Sibling Rivalry’ are examples of mood-cues that sets up a mood, although it is not a scary mood, rather a “looking through some papers on a desk investigating a crime” kind of cue. Where is this going? Well it’s going to ‘The Lab’, which is a bit of a mess. A mix of atmosphere and action going a bit into nothing really. ‘Bfg!’ is a much better cue, sadly a bit too short. There’s a nice bass and some tasty percussion to go with it. At least there’s some energy here that feels like it is going places. ‘Destroyed’ takes things a bit further, adding some metal guitar play to the mix. Now this is more like it! This is Doom!
‘Infirmary’ is a moody cue, but it is a bit exciting. I think it’s the bass and those synth screams. It’s quite tense and we’re into a really good period on Doom now. Unfortunately with ‘Experiment: Stahl’ we’re back into that sleepy zone where nothing exciting ever happens. However, Mansell brings it for the ending starting with ‘Mass Onslaught’, ‘First Person Shooter’ and ‘Go To Hell’.
This has it’s moments, but mostly it’s nowhere near where it should be. It’s Doom! Don’t you find it ironic that there’s a kick ass Nine Inch Nails track at the end? This is how Doom should sound. Trent Reznor should have scored this in the spirit of Quake which he scored in the 90s. If he started his film music career with a bang like this, it would certainly have had an impact. Oh well. Can’t change the past, but I will say this. There’s a fewa really great tracks on here from Mansell that is in the spirit of Doom. The rest is skippable.
18. Mass Onslaught
19. First Person Shooter
21. Go To Hell