He’s no Paul McCartney, but Activision and Treyarch have brought in a seasoned rocker to contribute to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 soundtrack. Trent Reznor, when he is not busy playing with either of his bands, scoring Academy Award-nominated films, or winning awards for his work, is dabbling in the world of gaming yet again.
Reznor has composed the theme music for the game, which is appropriately described as “aggressively sounding,” which seems appropriate given that it will likely be set to scenes of gunfights and explosions. USA Today does not mention whether or not Reznor worked on any other part of the score, but I hope at the very least his work influenced the rest of the game’s music.
While some may consider they picked a famous musician for the name value, Reznor has previously lent his skills to game soundtracks. Most prominently, he worked with id Software on Quake and Doom 3. Reznor has even allowed video games to seep into his Nine Inch Nails work, as the group released an alternate reality game alongside the band’s 2007 release, Year Zero. So fear not, at the very least Reznor knows the world into which he is currently exploring.
I haven not listened to much Nine Inch Nails, though I did enjoy their last album back in 2008, but this news excites me most because of the musician’s more recent works. His scores for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are some of my favorites film scores of the last few years, and I can only hope this creative high extends to Black Ops 2 and beyond. While his work for the game will likely be more rock-tinged than those soundtracks, I expect something appropriate but decidedly unique to Reznor’s aesthetic.