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01: So It Begins

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Track: 01
Artist(s): Lashmush
Original Artist: Trent Reznor
Project Title: So It Begins
Original Title: Quake Theme
Duration: 4 min 27 sec
Quality: mp3PRO 192 kbps Constant Bitrate
Filesize: 6,11 MB

Artists Comments:

"Well, I hope this one gives off the right Quake vibes as its the theme song for the game and technically this project aswell. I hope this attracts some more people to the project and also some interest in the other project tracks. Enjoy!"


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The Quake soundtrack is in my top 3 favourite VG soundtracks ever.
I was randomly searching for info about it and came across a thread on a quake Forum advertising Project Aftershock. It was on the NG audio portal so I knew I had to check it out.

This sounds pretty good, however listening to it on my monitors, a lot of the more musical elements that were more prominent in the original seem to be way quieter here (specifically in the beginning/intense section) and it really detracts from the chaotic madness that was the original, even if still minimalistic in terms of actual tonal depth. I also really miss the distorted screaming effects that added to that chaos, and the yelling voice of pain that persists throughout the ambient part of the song, which gave it a tone of desolation, hopelessness and darkness. I do like the creature-like noises though, very fitting with the game's Lovecraftian tone.

Overall a good tribute, but missing much of the evil quality the original had.
Anyway I'm really glad to have found this project, best of luck to you guys, I hope you can give me a new musical experience the way Trent Reznor's work did when I first heard it.

Now I'm off to check out the rest of the tracks!


Holy crap man I swear this is soo damn epic. It's freakin insane. Nearly shit my pants >.< I'm so going to listen and download the whole project.

Even though it's got rock bits in it.. OMG SO GOOD.

I'm really lost for words

-Cheers Brando

Another ZOMG to keep you happy XD


Hey not bad cover though i gotta ask....is this a MIDI cover? Or did you do this completly by ear? And is that a synth guitar? Sorry for the questions just curious. Goo work on the produsction end and the evil drones in the middle were a nice touch :)

Project-Aftershock responds:

I listened to the original and by ear recreated it as this. The guitar is a severely distorted square synth. Thank you for the reveiw!


Quite nice. ;)

A little far from the awesome guitar feel, but as a tribute, the feeling crawls right up my spine... :D

Great Job

I was searching for Quake music, and I stumbled across this track, and I have to admit, it's probably the best one that I could find that wasn't techno/trance! I would love to hear you do some tracks from Quake II!

Project-Aftershock responds:

Project Bitterman will remix the entire Quake II soundtrack, including expansion music. It will be launched within the next 2 months.

Credits & Info

4.67 / 5.00

Jan 27, 2009
11:59 AM EST
File Info
6.1 MB
4 min 28 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.