Finally, we’re able to get the 2016 DOOM soundtrack on vinyl. Laced Records has confirmed that Mick Gordon’s ridiculously impressive work will be available a little later this year, with a special limited edition four-disc set pressed on blood red 180 gram wax.
Bethesda Softworks has teamed up with Laced Records to create the collection, adding yet another gem to a back catalogue studded with all sorts of excellent video gaming soundtracks (from Yooka-Laylee to Deus Ex: Human Revolution to No Man’s Sky to Hotline Miami). The records themselves were cut at iconic Abbey Road Studios (yes, that Abbey Road), so you know they’re going to sound amazing.
Even though – obviously – juicy red wax is the One True Way to listen to this record, we understand that the super-duper Special Limited Edition X4LP (which comes with a Doom turntable slipmat) might be priced a little out of your budget. Happily, there’s still an assortment of other ways you can get your Rip & Tear in delicious high fidelity.
Deluxe Double CD: This features a “premium triple gatefold sleeve” and is available from an assortment of retailers worldwide as well as directly from Laced Records.
Double LP: Featuring that glorious blood red vinyl, this version of the soundtrack has been trimmed back to “20 favourite tracks” as chosen by the team at Bethesda and id Software.
Standard Edition X4LP: Pressed on black vinyl and contained within double hard slip cases with premium inner sleeves splashed with DOOM artwork, this one has the full 31-track game soundtrack spread across four discs.
Special Limited Edition X4LP: One for collectors and musical purists. Not only do you get the four-disc set pressed on 180g scarlet vinyl and a custom DOOM turntable slipmat, but the Deluxe Double CD set is thrown in as well.
If you’re enticed – and prepared to pay the price for such an incredible edition (RRP US$100, we haven’t worked up the courage to look at international shipping costs) – you’d better act fast. The Special Limited Edition X4LP is only available via pre-order from the Laced Records storefront for a 14-day window ending May 2nd 2018.
We don’t have a confirmed release date for the physical editions of the DOOM soundtrack beyond “third quarter of 2018”, but if you want any of the four editions, you can place a pre-order right now.
…and while obviously there is no comparison between the sound of something on vinyl and the sound of something compressed down small enough to stream online, you can also check out the DOOM soundtrack through Amazon, iTunes and Spotify – and the full version is also hosted on YouTube, if that’s what you’d prefer.