Heavy metal legends to pen exclusive tracks for Nail’d
For off-road racing games – and, in fact, for any videogame set in the world of extreme sports – a punchy and well-chosen soundtrack has always been one of the most integral parts of each overall package. That world is perennially set to the thunderous sound of popular hard rock and metal, and when it comes to a game’s musical track listing, the fight to include nothing that warrants a skip has never been fiercer. Developed by esteemed Polish outfit Techland (famous for the much admired Call Of Juarez title and its sequel) Nail’d is a off-road racer that focuses on ATV and dirt bike vehicles, and early comparisons have been made to Sony’s outstanding Motorstorm series, as well as Pure, the much underrated trick-based racer from Brighton’s Black Rock Studios – who created the terrific Split Second: Velocity earlier this year.
Although Nail’d is already looking promising in the extreme (and you’d be mad to bet against a stellar unit like Techland) the recent news about the game’s soundtrack has really gotten extreme sports fans and metal aficionados hyped up in the extreme. The game is going to ship with a track list that features licensed songs from the likes of Slipknot, Queens Of The Stone Age, Backyard Babies, Rise Against, American Sixgun, Aggressive Chill and Slaves On Dope. This is a impressive list already, but the real coup here involves the substantial portion of the soundtrack that has been penned and composed by some of the metal scene’s true luminaries, exclusively for the game.
This part of the soundtrack is largely comprised of a series of brand new instrumentals, and the truly arresting list of musicians who’ve contributed includes Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory, Arkaea), Pat Lachman (Damageplan), Wayne Static (Static X), Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad), and John Boecklin (DevilDriver). In addition to those instrumentals, the game will also feature three dedicated songs: “Count for Something”, “Through Walls of Flame” (sung by Jamey Jasta), and “Decimator” (vocals by Wayne Static). Each song’s lyrics have been written especially for the game.
Nail’d is being released on PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and is currently due to appear towards the end of this year.
Watch the Nail’d trailer here….