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NIN's Trent Reznor To Release Quake Soundtrack on Vinyl

Kick back and relax to the not-so-soothing sounds of Quake's haunted playgrounds.


Trent Reznor, founder and songwriter of Nine Inch Nails, has listed a vinyl album for the original Quake on the band's storefront. As of this writing the page redirects users to a 404 page, but the listing exists and (one would expect) should be updated soon.

Quake, which celebrated its 20th birthday last year, was scored by Reznor and NIN. Unlike id's earlier hits Wolfenstein 3D and Doom, which predominantly featured heavy metal-inspired tracks, Quake's score consisted almost entirely of grim, ambient music that fit in perfectly with its grungy visual direction. The game's intro is considered its most memorable theme, and set the tone for the four-episode campaign.

The Steam version of Quake does not include the soundtrack. To listen to it, you've got to dig up your original CD from 1996 or rip a play list from YouTube. Buying a vinyl won't provide a cure for syncing the game's soundtrack as you play, but it'll look great in your collection. 

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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