Here Are All The Times the Original Doom Used Pantera, Metallica, and Slayer Parts


Last week, we posted the launch trailer for the latest installment of the Doom franchise, which, if you haven’t seen yet, you should watch right here. It’s basically what Brütal Legend should have been, a nonstop clusterfuck of bio-organic hellbeasts.

But besides being metal because it’s full of satanic ultra-violence, the original Doom was lauded for having its own “metal” soundtrack, featuring primitive computer renderings of chugging riffs and blasting drums by designer Bobby Prince. And as the guys at Loudwire have recently pointed out, a lot of these parts were, uh, inspired by parts of classic metal tracks. You can watch videos below of the comparisons.

Plenty of the similarities between these metal tracks and the soundtrack from the original Doom can be written off as coincidental; Loudwire claims one riff is inspired by Slayer’s “Behind The Crooked Cross”, but it sounds a lot like Metallica’s “Creeping Death” to me, so maybe it’s neither. But damn, some of them aren’t even inspired, they’re kind of just ripped off. The drums from the opening of “South of Heaven” are copied pretty much beat for beat.

I have to wonder, did this ever make it back to the bands back in ’93? Was there ever a consideration of suing Doom‘s creators? Probably not, as the game was huge and the similarities could probably have been easily blown off, but given Metallica’s history of litigiousness, I’m surprised they didn’t make a stink about it.

Watch the videos below and let us know what you think–were these basic inspirations of blatant rip-offs? Meanwhile, the newest Doom is out now via Bethesda Softworks.

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