Geared Up For Metal (And some dubstep)


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This is Naoto Tanaka, music director for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Rising’s soundtrack is going to be released alongside the game, and I can’t wait for both. For this entry, I’d like to talk about the music we made for the game.

The Metal Gear series was one of the first games to adopt Hollywood-style production methods. The soundtracks for these games are like something out of a movie; one of the reasons why the experience is so immersive. For Rising, we went to Jamie Christoperson, another composer who who just happens to reside in the apex of the movie making world.

Listen to the Tokyo Game Show trailer and I think you’ll be able to hear how talented he is:

Those who have played the demo might also remember the music that played in the town or on the coastline. Jamie made unique pieces for this scene using traditional instruments from Abkhazia, a country facing the Black Sea, and the setting for this chapter.

For the battle scenes, a pivotal part of any action game, I decided to the game needed to switch gears from movie soundtracks to metal. Jamie was able to find a powerful ally to join our music production team: Logan Mader, original guitarist for the metal band Machine Head. I’m not especially well-versed in metal myself, but I know the name Machine Head, and I think his cooperation in the game’s music might come as a surprise to a few metal fans.

So don’t just expect Hollywood-style cinematic tracks; Rising also comes with enough metal (complete songs, with lyrics and vocals) to fill an entire CD. I think the vocal songs are powerful and add to the appeal of the game.

At this point, we were sure the game had a solid soundtrack, but we wanted to take the metal tracks a step further. We decided to remix the vocal tracks to make them really fit the game.

One of the artists we came across was a dubstep outfit known as the Maniac Agenda. Their ability to intelligently remix metal tracks, coupled with their love for video games, made them perfect for the project. If you ever listen to their original material, you’ll see that it doesn’t stray that far from the sound of their Rising remixes.

I also decided to have some remixes handled internally at PG as well. Akira Takizawa, a member of our sound team, was who I tapped, as I knew he’d be perfect for the job. One of his remixes, which you can hear during the fight with LQ-84i, has already received praise from those who’ve tried the demo. While the game isn’t out yet, those positive comments have put me at ease.

As you can see, the music of Rising couldn’t have been possible with just one person. It was a team effort, and each member’s unique style came together to create the music of the game.

Finally, a bit about the soundtrack CD themselves. There are two different CD releases scheduled. The first is the Metal Gear Rising OST, part of the limited edition package, which features the instrumental tracks from the game. The second CD is called “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Vocal Tracks,” which like its name implies, features all the vocal tracks from the game. The contents of both CDs have no overlap, so only by getting both soundtracks will you be able to complete a full collection of music from the game. I’m sorry if this is sounding like a sales pitch, but I wanted to make sure fans aren’t misled by the multiple packages and make the right purchases. There are plenty of times that a lack of information has led me to purchase the wrong soundtrack myself.


I hope you enjoy the game’s music and, of course, the game itself! Nothing would make me happier as a composer.

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15 Comments Add Your Own

Julien Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Cool to know that! Can't wait for the game and the sound tracks. Anyway, good job guys!

The Maniac Agenda Posted on February 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Our remixes for System of a Down (Serj Tankian), Korn, and our award winning Halo 4 mix are all available for free download at

The Maniac Agenda

Demon Dethchase Posted on February 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

will there be another soundtrack release? Because when I heard some of the other songs from the demo like Red Sun and Collective Consciousness they were more straight up metal without any of that needless wub-wub crap (I cannot stand dubstep!)
So I was wondering if there would be an original version soundtrack release at some point?

Francesco Posted on February 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm

"I'm sorry if this is sounding like a sales pitch"

Why not provide an OST with both vocal and instrumental in the limited? Oh wait, we love money so we'll sell another CD with the vocal on it.

Pretty sad

Nightmare Posted on February 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Quite a good insight at the soundtrack, it's also good to know who's in responisble for so much awesomeness!

Can't wait for next week to get the Vocal Tracks finally — it' been quite a wait!

VerdeICe Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Wow, I swear. I have lost faith in the gaming industry but you guys are so full of promise. Thank you, please continue to be you creative selves. I haven't played a good game in a long time.

John Kerr Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Great find with The Maniac Agenda – Legendary stuff…….My body is bracing itself

FAUNA Posted on February 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

I believe the score is one of the most important aspects of a game or film. I love what I have heard from MG RISING…

Nightmare Posted on February 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Quite a good insight at the soundtrack, it's also good to know who's in responisble for so much awesomeness!

Lanz Posted on February 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

Will the Sound Tracks be available for purchase in North American territories on iTunes?

Thor Posted on February 16, 2013 at 10:32 am

I'm assuming it is this

I pre-ordered the Konami Style Premium (, does the vocal track come with it? Sorry I am just confused with the blue text in the at the bottom of the vocal tracks webpage (

If not I pre-order the vocal tracks as well =p

Eric Posted on February 17, 2013 at 12:38 am

Once I heard the new previews on youtube I thought to myself This sound like The Maniac Agenda's Halo 4 Remix and sure enough it was them. Great pick guys! I will be getting this soundtrack

stalepie Posted on February 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

It's also available for purchase on eMusic:

KotL Posted on February 20, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Wow !
Just WOW ! The music in the actual game is just fantastic !
From the ambient music when you're sneaking in on a guard, to the pumped metal/electro songs while fighting, every track is awesome !

But the best of the best is when you enter the last phase of a boss fight, and vocals kicks in at the most perfect time, I could almost feel the cold and strong metal of the katana in my own hands !

Incredible job guys, especially the bosses music, never felt so pumped while fighting in a video game !

John Posted on June 4, 2013 at 3:52 am

The music of this game is SOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!

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