Konami Enlists Korn for Silent Hill Theme Song

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Konami Enlists Korn for Silent Hill Theme Song

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Dreadlocks and downtuned guitars: That says "Silent Hill," right?

Konami has hired heavy metal band Korn, one of the progenitors of the nu-metal genre, to perform the theme song for the latest edition of the Silent Hill series, Silent Hill: Downpour. Korn's previous work in videogames is limited, although the band did write a song based on the PS3 exclusive Haze in 2008.

The earlier games in the Silent Hill series have all had music composed by Akira Yamaoka, but he elected not to return for Downpour. Instead, Konami hired Dexter composer Daniel Licht to provide music for the game. It seemed reasonable to assume that Licht was composing all of the music but clearly that isn't the case, and Konami has decided to go add a little "star power" with the multiplatinum-selling band.

Korn seems a strange choice to work on a Silent Hill game. Regardless of whether you like their music or not, they're not on obvious fit for a tense, psychological survival horror game. That's not to say that Korn couldn't produce something appropriate - lead singer Jonathan Davis composed all of the original songs for the Queen of the Damned, which had a much more creepy tone to them - but even so, that's hardly representative of Korn's music. Of course, an odd choice of musician for the theme song doesn't mean that the game will be bad. Unfortunately, as you can read in our E3 preview of Downpour, it doesn't seem to be the only thing that isn't quite right about the game.

Silent Hill: Downpour comes out for Xbox 360 and PS3 later this year.

Source: Joystiq

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That's.....strange.

If they wanted horror, why didnt they hire Opeth, or Unexpect? they're far more qualified than frikking Korn.

Korn. I love the sound of the bass and drums, but the lyrics? If its an instrumental track it could be awesome.

Trent Reznor would have been better. The Quake soundtrack is still some of the spookiest music, to this day

This just reminds me of Haze.

It won't work, but then again, the decline of Silent Hill has been continuing since 2, so eh.

If this disappoints me I'm going to slaughter the Konami base, kidnap Team Silent and make them redo the game from scratch. And it will be glorious.

...What? :/

Well nothing to do but wait and see how this turns out, I suppose... although it is a pretty weird decision, especially for a Silent Hill game...

While Korn =/= Silent Hill,
I still like Korn enough to find this news quite awesome. Besides, who's to say it won't work out? The guy who does the original games music has really been phoning it in for the last few installments anyway.

Selvec:
It won't work, but then again, the decline of Silent Hill has been continuing since 2, so eh.

Must be a pretty long decline cause people are still buying and playing the games.

I hate to already be ragging on this game, but between this news and that awful trailer ("Hey, you know what says scary? Panning the camera around a guy five times, then showing a table disappear! Woooooooo scaaaaaaary!"), this already looks bad. Seriously, Korn? I had hoped they stopped making their gibber-scream they call music didn't know they were still active. Silent Hill doesn't need a theme song loaned from a crappy, sell-out 'rock' band that should have been forgotten long ago, it just needs to be a good horror game with a composer who can do it justice. Guess that's too much to ask for.

Let's just hope Downpour doesn't end up being...

*puts on sunglasses*

... korny.

Sorry, it's so obvious, it had to be done.

I thought after homecoming the Silent Hill franchise could not get any more dead.

It seems Konami wants to prove me wrong.

(seriously, why are they beating this dead horse when they have so many under-utilised franchises)

Wow, Korn? Really? Did Konami just note make it out of 1995? Perhaps elisiting master of ambience and tone like Trent Reznor or even lesser known ambient artists like MooZe (STALKER soundtrack/score) would be a much beteer choice. They don't need some totally past it 'nu' metal band (i mean really after some of the pretty unbarable album tracks of "Untouchables" KoRn in any form was really a spent force).

Hell hire someone who has some great tonal qualities like "Deftones" or the newly refomed "a Pefect Circle". At least then it might be good.

Even though KoRn are my favourite band, I really don't see how thier type of music is going fit into a game like Silent Hill. Still, you never know, they might suprise us all.

\m/

Latinidiot:
That's.....strange.

If they wanted horror, why didnt they hire Opeth, or Unexpect? they're far more qualified than frikking Korn.

Opeth? I can't see them doing anything creepy.

well after seeing the display of Silent hill downpour during Machinima's E3 coverage and absolutely loving it (the guy they were interviewing explicitly stated a desire to return to the brilliant days of SH2) combined with the helplessness of being chased down extending corridors etc, seeing KoRN attatched to this has a confirmed buyer out of me!

I just hope it is more instrumental, not that I dislike the singing ability of Mr John Davis, but its a silent hill game, and KoRN do musical stings and such perfectly, a voiceover on top of that may dull the experience some.

captcha: illistimi 173.

Korn? That seems... odd. Don't get me wrong, I love Korn's old music, but the newer stuff has been pretty hit and miss (largely miss). They're claiming that they are trying to recapture that old feeling with their current album -that may or may not be out yet; I don't know- but I'm withholding judgment on that.

Wait, why is everyone saying that it should have been Trent Reznor? Where's the love for Rob Zombie? Doesn't a horror game kind of scream out for the Zombie? Forever Zombie, baby!

Shio:

Latinidiot:
That's.....strange.

If they wanted horror, why didnt they hire Opeth, or Unexpect? they're far more qualified than frikking Korn.

Opeth? I can't see them doing anything creepy.

Woops, that had to say OSI. Still, opeth made that song for God Of War that was pretty out there.

maaaaan

I could swear I heard a loud stream of profanity and invective from the general direction of Australia.

Completely unrelated- anyone know what Yahtzee thinks of this?

...I look forward to weeping next to Yahtzee.

Seriously, I like Korn, but they are not fit for this series. Nor is any heavy metal, really. You need pianos, you need something classical with a bit of a distortion to it. Guitars and drums? Even if they cut out the lyrics, guitars and drums are built for pumping you up. This isn't FEAR. We're not some living man-God with absurd amounts of ammo. We need atmosphere.

All that Korn makes me wanna do is headbang and the like. Not. Scary. Trent Reznor would've been a better choice, but it still makes me cringe that they would move away from the last tiny shred of scary that the game had to offer.

"Well, we diced apart the story, wrecked the monsters, made the nurses and Pyramid Head into fan service, and now we're using calming colors to try and scare people. What's left to ruin, you say? Well, we did still sorta have the music right. Let's get rid of that, too."

Honestly fuck the american developers. Japanese horror is just better, please leave SH alone.

Saltyk:
Korn? That seems... odd. Don't get me wrong, I love Korn's old music, but the newer stuff has been pretty hit and miss (largely miss). They're claiming that they are trying to recapture that old feeling with their current album -that may or may not be out yet; I don't know- but I'm withholding judgment on that.

Wait, why is everyone saying that it should have been Trent Reznor? Where's the love for Rob Zombie? Doesn't a horror game kind of scream out for the Zombie? Forever Zombie, baby!

Rob (and White) are way, way too chauvinistic and melodramatic for Silent Hill. For some mindless slasher flick or game like Resident Evil sure. Not for something that relies on subtle, paranoid induced claustrophobia and panic, though.

Latinidiot:

Shio:

Latinidiot:
That's.....strange.

If they wanted horror, why didnt they hire Opeth, or Unexpect? they're far more qualified than frikking Korn.

Opeth? I can't see them doing anything creepy.

Woops, that had to say OSI. Still, opeth made that song for God Of War that was pretty out there.

maaaaan

The Rogue Wolf:
I could swear I heard a loud stream of profanity and invective from the general direction of Australia.

Completely unrelated- anyone know what Yahtzee thinks of this?

he probably thinks that if this installment revives his faith in the series that he will remove three vertibrae, bend over backwards and eat his own ass.

OT: personally I only bought silent hill two and am ignoring the rest of the series so this doesn't effect me that badly. but I'm still dissapointed. never when playing SH2 did I think "this needs some heavy metal. probably by korn"

Well I give up, for someone who enjoyed Silent Hill and has all games from 1 to 4 (Platinum and Collectors Editions,) I've given up on getting a Silent Hill 5 to add to my collection that was any good.

This just goes to show how American Developers are butchering games these days.

That ummmmm yeah, but i do love KoRn so we'll see

I think Korn's style could work as 'unsettling', but not really 'creepy' (think Marilyn Manson as compared to Creepy Doll by JoCo). Of course, if that's the atmosphere they're going for in this game, then that's all good.

Don't have a clue how that would work, on a side note, I really do like Korn, they got some really great songs

and that's how you know that the franchise is dead and beyond salvation R.I.P silent hill you will be missed.

I shouldn't say anything since I've heard Korn but can't remember their sound off the top of my head, but why them?
I was worried back when they changed the composer from Yamaoka but got over it. It might not be as easy for me now that they're also adding a band for "star power."

Amazed at the people in this thread. Jonathan Davis made the Queen of the Damned soundtrack, also helping with the score. Whether you liked the movie or not it had one of the best soundtracks/scores of any movie.

To say they CAN'T make an appropriate song, is absurd. However asking will they, may be more appropriate. Also, "Jonathan Davis is currently working on a script with writer/director Clive Barker entitled Oblivion. Davis describes it as a "dark opera about the end of the world" and that it differs greatly from Korn's style of music"

All of this is said in the article. But oh no, it's korn. Must be nu-metal no matter what.

Durananrananrananran:
Korn. I love the sound of the bass and drums, but the lyrics? If its an instrumental track it could be awesome.

Trent Reznor would have been better. The Quake soundtrack is still some of the spookiest music, to this day

Trent Reznor. That's genius. He is perfect for the SH franchise. Why the heck didn't Konami go with them instead?

They've been making a crapload of stupid decisions lately. One of them was making the SH Collection being a PS3-exclusive.

I never finished Silent Hill. Never really got into the series. But this sounds REALLY weird. I liked the music in the previous games. I guess he didn't like the direction of the series, or decided to take a vacation in his moneybath. I know I would.

I would never have associated their ham-fisted music with psychological horror. This was clearly a marketing choice. Whoever made that choice is obviously has no idea what they are doing.

SamElliot'sMustache:
I hate to already be ragging on this game, but between this news and that awful trailer ("Hey, you know what says scary? Panning the camera around a guy five times, then showing a table disappear! Woooooooo scaaaaaaary!"), this already looks bad. Seriously, Korn? I had hoped they stopped making their gibber-scream they call music didn't know they were still active. Silent Hill doesn't need a theme song loaned from a crappy, sell-out 'rock' band that should have been forgotten long ago, it just needs to be a good horror game with a composer who can do it justice. Guess that's too much to ask for.

Firstly, whether you like the band or not should have no impact on how qualified they are to compose music for a game/movie etc. This isn't the place for a hate rant.

Having said that, and this coming from a bit of a Korn fan, everything they add their music to is shit (but judging by what my Silent Hill loving friends say, SH has been shit for years). I call QOTD, Haze, Tomb Raider 2.

I agree with those who say their are better choices for a survival horror. Trent Reznor being one, but a true composer with a specialism in dark, slow, creepy pieces would be ideal. Half of horror is in the music so this is pretty damn important. IMHO.

Shio:

Saltyk:
Korn? That seems... odd. Don't get me wrong, I love Korn's old music, but the newer stuff has been pretty hit and miss (largely miss). They're claiming that they are trying to recapture that old feeling with their current album -that may or may not be out yet; I don't know- but I'm withholding judgment on that.

Wait, why is everyone saying that it should have been Trent Reznor? Where's the love for Rob Zombie? Doesn't a horror game kind of scream out for the Zombie? Forever Zombie, baby!

Rob (and White) are way, way too chauvinistic and melodramatic for Silent Hill. For some mindless slasher flick or game like Resident Evil sure. Not for something that relies on subtle, paranoid induced claustrophobia and panic, though.

Well, I was only half serious, to be honest. It's very rare that I would like a band to make a song for a game. I think we'd be better off letting composers make original music for games. That way there's no real conflicting style and the music can more properly fit the game and story. Let bands make their music and let game composers make theirs.

It's kinda sad that you're comparing Resident Evil to a mindless slasher flick, but that probably speaks more about what Capcom has done with the franchise that anything else. And to be fair, you statements about Rob (White) Zombie can be aplied to Korn, too. At least, in my opinion.

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