99 Levels to Hell Soundtrack, Dalle Oldman, 2013
Dalle Oldman’s 99 Levels to Hell soundtrack release could have only happened in the age of self-distributed digital albums. Few music labels would have been willing to release a 78-minute album for a game of 99 Levels’s low profile. It’s even less likely that a physical album release of 99 Levels to Hell’s music would have been as extensive as the digital release that ultimately came to be. Unfortunately, the album’s second half is a collection of cliché-ridden, bland sound collages filled with little more than eerie noises. These dark ambient level tracks inspire boredom much more than they suggest tension or anxiety.
But we’re not here for the glacial second half of the 99 Levels to Hell soundtrack. What makes this score a must for any heavy metal fan are the score’s first 40 minutes. Remember, this is a game that takes you closer and closer to the Horned One’s realm. It also features a fair amount of satanic imagery along the way. What better musical accompaniment for this scenario than a very, very heavy dose of death metal? (with some sprinkles of thrash metal thrown in for good measure).