It’s a double-crossover event! Inspired by their shared podcast The Arcane Machine, XVGM Radio co-host Justin Schneider joins Ed for a look at dark subculture music in video games. Get ready for some grindy industrial, spooky goth, and ethereal synthwave tunes! There are some great examples here, including music from Master Boot Record, Jesper Kyd, Akira Yamaoka, and more.
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1 – “Motördrone” from the game VirtuaVerse (PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox, Switch, 2020) Composed by Master Boot Record
2 – “Disposal Unit (Imperium Mix)” from the game Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (PC, 2022) Composed by Jesper Kyd
3 – “Main Theme (Aggro Mix)” from the game Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines (PC, 2004) Composed by Rik Schaffer
4 – “Then I’ll Make you Mine” from the game Trüberbrook (PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox, Switch, Mobile, 2019) Composed by The Band from Another Place
5 – “Razorback (Unreal Mix)” from the game Unreal Tournament (PC, Mac, PS2, DC, 1999) Composed by Peter Hajba
6 – “Dystopian Dimension” from the game Prodeus (PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, Xbox, Switch, 2020) Composed by Andrew Hulshult
7 – “Obliterator” from the game Shakedown Hawaii (PC, Vita, PS3/4/5, Switch, Wii, Wii U, 2019) Composed by Matt Creamer
8 – “Mayheim I” from the game Silent Hill 4 (PC, Xbox, PS2/3, 2004) Composed by Akira Yamaoka