Nine Inch Nails Have Released the 'Quake' Soundtrack on Vinyl

Updated: Oct 1

Back in 1996, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor lent his musical talents to creating the score and sound effects for id Software's game-changing first-person shooter Quake. Interestingly enough, Reznor provided his services completely free of charge due to his admiration for id Software's work.

Originally pressed on the same disc as the PC game, a proper release of the dark and immersive soundtrack has been highly sought after by audiophiles for well over 20 years now, but the wait is finally over, as Quake is now available on vinyl for the first time ever, courtesy of the Nine Inch Nails store!

The 10-track 2xLP remastered release comes pressed on 180 gram vinyl.

As for what prompted the vinyl release in 2020 (alongside Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' Academy Award-winning soundtrack for 2010's The Social Network), that remains unknown. However, it's worth pointing out that, according to a now-deleted comment on the NIN Twitter post (as reported by PC Gamer), the vinyl was intended to be accompanied by a booklet of essays from two of Quake's developers, id Software co-founder John Carmack and American McGee, who had a heavy hand in creating the legendary game, but its inclusion was blocked by "a certain unnamed video game publisher."

It's unknown if Bethesda, id Software themselves, or their parent company ZeniMax Media rejected the essays, but it's likely due to the fact both Carmack and McGee are no longer associated with id in any way.

No worries though, as Reznor went on to urge fans to respect the publisher's wishes "by not clicking here to even see the essays, or here to print the booklet out yourself." Gotta love it!

Grab the Quake soundtrack on vinyl today for $35.

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