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Trent Reznor to write Black Ops 2 theme song

Right off the back of the news that Sir Paul McCartney will compose music for Bungie's new title, comes reports that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has composed the theme song for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

In an interview with USA Today Reznor describes the title's signature tune as veering "more toward guitar, bass, drum rock band aggression."

Reznor prides himself as being an avid gamer, and is no stranger to composing music for games as he worked on the soundtracks of Quake and Doom 3.

After "dipping [his] toe into film scoring", Reznor found himself with a lot of different projects thrown his way. When he was asked if he was interested in a big video game franchise, he quickly agreed.

Reznor approached the project as a supporting role, unlike the lead he has with Nine Inch Nails. He immediately told Treyarch, "I am working for you on this thing...Let's really talk about themes and as I start throwing iterations at you, please feel free to say, that's not right"

Reznor explained that he listened to the complete back story of the game, learned all about how much effort went into the characters and the story, and felt there was "lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface."

It didn't feel right to Reznor to have a "gung ho, patriotic feeling theme song. It has to feel weighty. There is a lot of remorse and apprehension here."

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5 comments

  • Shanetexas - July 11, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    Yep, a lot of stuff blowing up and yelling and "War is hell" as we kill 6,000 foreigners. Liked his movie work, but that type of music wouldn't fit a game like this. There's probably going to be loud-ass guitars and evil bass.
  • needles - July 17, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    We gotta fight ems ovar thar so we don't havta fight em ovar hare!
  • Nikku7 - July 11, 2012 12:07 p.m.

    I might actually get this game now, even though I was tired of the franchise by the first black ops. Hopefully the game will look better than it did in that disappointing E3 trailer.
  • Viron - July 11, 2012 7:33 a.m.

    They keep making it more appealing, why did MW3 have to ruin me for CoD?
  • DeliciousPie - July 11, 2012 1:10 a.m.

    Shit. Now I want this game's soundtrack.

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