Though Nine Inch Nails figurehead Trent Reznor has made a name for himself lately scoring films, he recently tackled his first video game, Call Of Duty: Black Ops II, the next installment of the extremely popular Call Of Duty series. He recently spoke to USA Today about the creating the theme.
The Nine Inch Nails frontman Reznor, whose Social Network soundtrack composed with Atticus Ross won an Academy Award, has composed the game’s theme song, an “aggressively sounding” piece of guitar, bass and drums-based rock.
A lifelong video gamer, Reznor is no stranger to collaborating with game developers having worked on Quake and Doom 3 with id Software. His teaming with Black Ops II developers Treyarch is a suitable one as the Nine Inch Nails frontman is a fan of the Call of Duty franchise. “I have always looked to that franchise as the cutting edge of what seemingly unlimited budgets and full-on not cutting any corners can do in the current day and age,” he says.
A little context about the song itself:
The Black Ops II story envisions a new Cold War between the U.S. and China and an international villain plays them off each other. “There is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface,” Reznor says. “So it didn’t make sense to have a gung ho patriotic feeling kind of theme song. It has to feel weighty.”
According to the article, Reznor is also working on a new How To Destroy Angels record and promises we’ll hear about that soon. No shade, but no matter what he does, he’ll never touch the Donkey Kong Country score. Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is out 11/13.