Killing Floor 2 Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Killing Floor 2 by Zynthetic.
At a glance:
38 minutes of score
Geek Score: 87.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 19.3
Album Excellence: 51%
Killing Floor 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Tripwire Interactive and distributed by Iceberg Interactive on the following platforms: Microsoft Windows, Linux and Playstation 4. It’s a direct sequel to the 2009 video game Killing Floor which was originally a Unreal Tournament 2004 mod. It’s mainly a multiplayer game that can be played with up to six players in co-op mode. The baddies in this game are zombies and the gameplay consists of fighting through hordes of them. You are equipped with various weapons, healing tools for yourself or your team mates and even a welder to block entrances and exits. I have the original Killing Floor and although I never played it in co-op. I had a lot of fun with it. The game is really hard because when the zombies come, they come hard and they come fast. Extremely hectic. The score for Killing Floor 2 is composed by Zynthetic with additional cues from Rocky Gray plus a cameo by well-known game composer Sam Hulick. The rest of the soundtrack consists of death metal so you’ll quickly know what kind of score this is as well.
It’s been a while since I’ve heard a death metal kind of score and I have to say I miss it. I’m not familiar with either Zynthetic or Rocky Gray so this should hopefully be a lot of fun. The first cue is called ‘By The Throat’ which is scored by Zynthetic. The music is definitely into the industrial metal category mixing sound effects and metal in an effective way. I don’t know there’s just something great about this kind of music and particularly in games. It makes you feel bad ass. Then again, it might take away whatever fear you have. If it was in the horror score mode, then it might play on your fear. This is about kill or be killed and that is what this game is selling. Speaking of ‘kill or be killed’, that is in fact Rocky Gray’s first score cue and it’s more industrial than Zynthetic’s opener, with more electronics mixed in here than usual, but there’s some heavy guitar playing as well. The second Zynthetic cue is called ‘Image Corrupter’ and it reminds me of the 90s where I listened to lots of industrial metal bands such as KMFDM, Front Line Assembly and others. I miss those days, well at least some of the music I used to listen to. It was awesome. It seems like Zynthetic are the industrial guys and Rocky Gray is the metal guy. Sure there are some blurred lines here, but it’s more clear to me with Gray’s second cue ‘Clone Mutation’ which is pure metal. The final cue is cue I’ve been most curious at because it’s by Sam Hulick & Rocky Gray. Hulick’s presence and contribution is felt right away with an orchestral opening, lots of percussion but Gray’s guitar soon takes control. Hulick is not done yet as his interesting orchestral mix is heard inside the cues, but Gray’s guitar is still the one that is heard the loudest. Still, this mix makes it probably the coolest cue on the score.
This is a very cool and different kind of score. There’s no orchestral or epic moment here, just pure industrial metal. It’s not great all the time, but you can’t beat the feeling you get when listening to this (speaking for myself of course). It’s a score that’s dying to be put inside a cool game which I think Killing Floor 2 is and I aim to try it as soon as possible.
4. By The Throat
6. Image Corrupter
10. Clone Mutation
26. Die Volter