Batman Arkham City Soundtrack

It was recently announced that Arkham City’s soundtrack was going to boast some big names in rock. This is great news, and a trend that needs to continue in the gaming world. This isn’t completely new; the DJ Shadow track “Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt” was used in a poignant scene in Splinter Cell: Conviction. The Micheal Andrews, Gary Jules version of  “Mad World” was used on the Gears Of War trailer to great effect, and the Borderlands theme song, “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” was done by Cage The Elephant. All of these are great tracks, by killer artists. Those songs enhanced the gameplay, or compelled many to get the aforementioned titles, even though none of them were written for the games they were paired with. That’s not a bad thing at all, as they were chosen well, and did what they were meant to do. This brings me conveniently to why we are here..

The Arkham City soundtrack’s songs are written FOR the universe in which Batman resides. Not only is this something of note, but it’s just plain awesome. We have seen some amazing original soundtracks in the gaming world, from Marty O’Donnell’s works on Halo, The Mass Effect soundtracks, or even the Hans Zimmer Crysis 2 soundtrack. Yet, none of those are driven lyrically like this soundtrack. The track I’ve heard that really struck me is the Coheed & Cambria track “Deranged.”  It reads like a love song between Catwoman and Batman (or possibly a dark lament from the Joker to the Bat), and sounds like what you’d expect to hear in Gotham. It’s genuinely fantastic. Coheed’s front man said this about the writing process for Arkham City’s OST:

“I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman’s existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world.”


Now give these lyrics a read:


This city’s lost all hope, I repeat, I boast

The strange will walk alone

They scurry with their doubt

The darkness shrouds, the sirens shout

Against the concrete below

Oh, This works all you and me… Its all our being

We will burn this city down

Who will be your pretty little enemy?

When I’m gone your world will prove empty

I promise, you will always remember me

The jokes on you, poisoning

While you clean the streets of misfortune

I pick the innocent from my dirty teeth

We’re one and the same… Deranged

We were our worst nightmares delight

And I promised you,

As you always knew

This world’s no paradise

There is no me without you

I will behave, I will be

An afterthought… My make believe

Your darkest day is your friend in need – Coheed & Cambria

I can’t say for certain that the rest of the soundtrack will have this level of writing, especially since one or two of the bands on the list are not exactly known for their superb writing abilities (although I think there’s hope with Panic! At The Disco and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, as well as a few others) This album has a chance to really do something special for this game, and gaming in general. Check out the track list below, and get out there to purchase this as soon as it’s available. This is a trend we want to continue to grow.

1. Panic! At The Disco – Mercenary
2. Coheed and Cambria – Deranged
3. The Duke Spirit – Creature
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Shadow On The Run
5. Blaqk Audio – Afterdark
6. The Raveonettes – Oh, Stranger
7. ††† (Crosses) – The Years
8. The Damned Things – Trophy Widow
9. Daughtry – Drown In You
10. The Boxer Rebellion – Losing You
11. Serj Tankian – Total Paranoia

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  • Wupton01

    The Boxer Rebellion- Outstanding