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Game music of the day: C&C Red Alert

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August 16, 2010



Game: Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Song: Hell March
Composer: Frank Klepacki

 
Above: Hell March, Red Alert's signature track

Red Alert is the only game I've ever considered paying homage to with a tattoo, so this is a pretty obvious entry for my fanboy ass, but so be it. I'll get to the obscure stuff some other time - first, you must hear Frank Klepackti's kick-ass industrial-electrofunk-metal soundtrack. Above is the game's most well-known song, Hell March, a great track created with a simple idea in mind: "a rock tune to marching boots."

Klepackti has cited Nine Inch Nails as an influence, and you can probably hear it. Funnily, Klepackti's work was awarded Best Soundtrack of 1996 by PC Gamer, beating out Trent Reznor's Quake soundtrack from the same year (Reznor's work was also excellent, but I'll save that for another GMOTD). Oh, and if you're familiar with the pioneering German industrial band KMFDM, I hear a little of their flavor in the tracks too, among other industrial influences.

But Hell March is only the beginning. My favorite track, Roll Out, is an electro/prog rock anthem full of candy-coated synth bass. Who knew tank rushes could be so funky?! And what the hell does "candy-coated synth bass" mean?! I don't know, just listen:

 
Above: Kraftwerk meets The Alan Parson's Project! (You can't write about music without saying that something met something... it's actually nothing like that)

Surprisingly, you can still buy the whole soundtrack online. All of the songs are great stand-alone listening, but the experience is so much better overlaid with the bling bling bling of freshly acquired ore, the wooshes of rockets, and the lovely news that REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED. If you didn't hear those sounds coming from my bedroom in 1996, I was either asleep, at school, or dead.

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23 comments

  • TURbo - August 17, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    Getting a tattoo for Red Alert would be stupid. I'm not a communist, I just got the hammer and sickle because I liked the mammoth tanks on the Soviet side.
  • GamesRadarJuniorWildlifeEditor - August 17, 2010 3:09 p.m.

    Oh, the nostalgia.
  • DVTC - August 17, 2010 1:11 p.m.

    Hell March is one of the most Badass music of the RTS, I play this music while I'm playing starcraft 2.
  • The_Tingler - August 17, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    Red Alert 3 has my favourite version of the Hell March, but this one's still great.
  • philipshaw - August 17, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    This music was and still is awesome, I had the game music up so load once that it blow out our old PC speakers
  • Riq12 - August 17, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    Ah walking down the memory lane ...
  • AlmightyFuzz - August 17, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    Awesome game and awesome soundtrack! Dunno if I can say it's the best soundtrack ever, but it definitely up there! Hell, I might even go and buy the soundtrack now!
  • ender42y - August 17, 2010 8:42 a.m.

    This was the game that got me into gaming. i don't know how many hours were spent on this, the expansion packs, and RA2. without Red Alert i probably would not be the gamer i am today. the game came with a copy of the soundtrack on CD but I've not seen that for years
  • CurryIsGood - August 17, 2010 7:17 a.m.

    best soundtrack evar
  • ZombieReagan88 - August 17, 2010 5:39 a.m.

    Best VG Music choice yet.
  • smallberry - August 17, 2010 2:28 a.m.

    Yes this is awesome! I still listen to Hell March while running.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 17, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    @TylerWilde: Apparently reading comprehension isn't one of my strong suits. I misread your first statement. BTW, get one, THEN do that feature.
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 17, 2010 1:52 a.m.

    Anything meeting the Alan Parsons project is auto win.
  • DarkPaladin - August 17, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    I remember getting the soundtrack CD with the Red Alert bundle (where you got the main game and the two expansions) and listening to it ... constantly. One of my favourite OSTs ever. Damn that was a great game...
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 17, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    @CH3BURASHKA Actually I don't - I've _considered_ it. :P I don't have any tattoos. I do plan on one, but it isn't game related.
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 17, 2010 12:51 a.m.

    Apparently Tyler Wilde has a C&C tattoo. Can we get an article featuring all the tattoos the GR staff has decided to scar their bodies with? I'd love to see Brett's gorgeous, toned, muscle-y body. Speaking of RTS's, get some Age of Empires up in this bitch! Speaking of GMotD, the landing page (which you can't possibly get to via the actual site, meaning I always use Google) hasn't been updated since Fallout 2 in July. What gives?! Great choice, btw.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 17, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    @TURbo Thought it would be too obvious.
  • TURbo - August 16, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    My favorite of the Hell March is Red Alert 2, but Hells March is the most iconic music of the entire series. I was sort of shocked that you did the Fallout 2 music first and not this, because of your fandom of Red Alert being mentioned multiple times on TalkRadar.
  • SonicofBoom - August 16, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    awesome song, and I remember massing attack dogs as soviet ftw in this game.
  • krootox1986 - August 16, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    i have a NOD tattoo i thought a soviet one would have benn a bit much

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