Trent Reznor Writes Theme For 'Call Of Duty: Black Ops II'

Trent Reznor has composed new music for the widely popular "Call Of Duty" video game series.

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Trent Reznor has composed new music for the widely popular "Call Of Duty" video game series whose upcoming release "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II" will be out on Nov. 13.

According to USA Today, Reznor has written the game's theme song which has been described as "aggressively sounding" rock with guitar, bass and drums.

"There is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface," Reznor said regarding the upcoming video game's storyline. "So it didn't make sense to have a gung ho patriotic feeling kind of theme song. It has to feel weighty."

The game sees the U.S. and China in a Cold War with an international villain playing the two countries off each other.

Reznor is no stranger to creating music for video games and have worked previously on "Doom 3" and "Quake". He also says he's excited to work with "Call Of Duty"'s developers Treyarch since he's a big fan of the game. "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."

Meanwhile, Reznor told the publication his side project How To Destroy Angels have a "finished album" and "the record will be out soon" after some tweaking.

"We are doing a different type of distribution this time so it's taking a little bit longer to coordinate stuff," he said. "There's a lot of music about to be unleashed, videos, etcetera."

Other musicians who have spent time creating music for video games include electronic artist Amon Tobin who provided the musical score to the Ubisoft video game "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory" and "Infamous". Incubus composed music for the game "Halo 2" and David Bowie composed songs for the fantasy game "Omikron: The Nomad Soul" back in 1999. Bowie also made two cameo appearances in the game.

Thanks for the report to Spinner.com.

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    Minivirus2
    The game sees the U.S. and China in a Cold War with an international villain playing the two countries off each other.
    Hold up! Now, I haven't been following CoD for a while and 3arc games even less so, but isn't that the EXACT storyline behind the Modern Warfare series of games, more or less? Albeit, with Russia instead of China?
    DoubleBassCrash
    How is it that everyone isn't tired of FPS games? I was done with FPS games after GoldenEye 64.... I mean, who wouldn't be after two years straight of everyone playing with proximity mines in the facility toilets? They make new maps, change the theme & change the weapons, but what else is there? It's the same old crap over & over again, & yet people still continue to just eat it up! That aside, always a pleasure to hear new music from Trent, but I won't be hearing it through the game.
    jw_4256
    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
    Stick to music Trent, because based on this quote alone you have shown me that you know absolutely nothing about video games
    Skodward714
    All Black Ops 2 is going to be is just another rehash of Modern Warfare 2, except this time it's ripping off Halo, which is a far superior series. I really don't understand why people think CoD is so revolutionary and amazing, they're all the same slightly mediocre FPS that never do anything new.
    robo37
    Great, now I have to retract my whole "Call of Duty is for idiots" statement. Call of Duty will still always be a boring unimaginative piece of shite though.
    Eirien
    Unlike most people here I am a CoD fan but Black Ops 2 looks crap and even cheesier than all the others. I'm gonna wait until Crysis 3 comes out, it looks so much better. CoD is overs.
    AlbertJ
    They are trying so hard to get publicity for this game. Probably to cover up the fact that nothing has changed in CoD games since 2007. But I am kinda interested to see what Reznor will do with the soundtrack. Still no way in hell I'm getting the game though.
    TheExterminator
    DoubleBassCrash wrote: How is it that everyone isn't tired of FPS games? I was done with FPS games after GoldenEye 64.... I mean, who wouldn't be after two years straight of everyone playing with proximity mines in the facility toilets? They make new maps, change the theme & change the weapons, but what else is there? It's the same old crap over & over again, & yet people still continue to just eat it up! That aside, always a pleasure to hear new music from Trent, but I won't be hearing it through the game.
    You at least tried Perfect Dark, right? ... RIGHT!? There's also Halo: Combat Evolved (only good Halo game, and, despite being the critically-acclaimed game that brought console gaming to a new level, it is much better on the PC). Call of Duty 4 was actually fun to play, no matter how many times they rehash it. And there's always the old school FPS games like Quake and Doom. AND ARMA, ALWAYS ARMA, EVERYTHING ARMA! Though that's more of a simulator than a FPS, but still. In the end, though, RPGs will always reign supreme.. even though I haven't seen a D&D-based cRPG in a million years.
    Rimfrost
    Dont really like the music in this trailer, though i normally love everything this man does.
    Kueller917
    Someone pointed out that since he's writing the music he probably wouldn't want to talk bad of the game. He's worked with some decent companies and releases so I'm fine with his taste. And his music is still great.
    Ultraussie
    Yes. Imagine if we let one of those 16 year old "Call of Duty Rappers" from youtube do the themesong, I can already picture the lyrics. "Zombies, we got zombies, zombies, zombies, all the perks, quickscope calladutte zombies kino der toten nuketown zombies in black ops world at modern warfare 2 and a half"
    nnb
    Skodward714 wrote: I really don't understand why people think CoD is so revolutionary and amazing, they're all the same slightly mediocre FPS that never do anything new.
    I regarding the first part, the year was 2007 and little game called Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare revolutionized FPS. Now since then I totally agree, they have just been milking the same game over and over again.
    MegaGreg
    I'm usually not a CoD fan, but I am looking forward to this since I did like Black Ops more than any of the other ones. I've also heard they're gonna change a lot in this game like multiple endings and whatnot. Though I can't say I would get it unless there's a workable PC version. Though hey, nice to see that Trent is still doing stuff.
    Jimmyboba
    This, and the fact that the story is written by David Goyer are two really good incentives to play BOII. I may not have written off COD entirely.
    Hamham272
    You're all forgetting... COD 1 Game of the Year 2003. It started the rampage to mainstream of first person shooters. But this site makes me laugh... Halo? Sure I loved the first Halo but to say it pioneered anything is a joke. There was Battlefield Vietnam and 1942 and there was Medal of Honor, even Black. All Halo did was put aliens in it... like Doom. OT song is average.
    RC52190
    You can look at sales alone and see that Halo absolutely started the multiplayer FPS revolution. Cod 1 didn't even have a multiplayer to speak of as far as I remember and didn't incorporate it until the success of Halo. No FPS would be as it is now without Halo. Whether you like the game or not, that's a fact.
    alfie9000
    seriously their should just be a COD game for multiplayer and nothing else. because the storylines are getting really shit, and we only play them like once. The song is alright for a trailer