Heard By Many, Known By None: The People Behind Video Game Soundtracks

Video games are usually dismissed by the fans of popular entertainment as a childish and light-minded genre. Actually, the production budgets of high-profile video games can often reach those of successful movies – Rockstar Games’ successful “Grand Theft Auto V” was made on a budget of $265 million, while Activision’s “Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3” cost around $250 million to make – and they are the result of years of hard work, ranging from concept art to scoring. There are many video games that have amazing soundtracks (and there have been for years) that are heard by millions all over the world – but they hardly ever spare a thought for the people making them, and they usually don’t even make it in the harsh music industry of our time. So today, let’s take a look at some people who probably won’t ever hold successful concert tours but their music is heard by millions of gamers all over the world.

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Back To School: How Deftones’ ‘White Pony’ changed alternative music forever

The year 2000 was, simply put, one of the most pivotally important ones in modern music history. Several albums released that year are rightfully considered among the most important in the last 20 years of music – Hybrid Theory, Kid A, Relationship Of Command, and Deftones’ White Pony were just a few of the year’s best. White Pony, in particular, is bestowed a certain unquestionable presence in the pantheon of alternative metal, transcending nu-metal completely.

Why is the album so celebrated, though? A multitude of factors come into play here, but White Pony is an important album because of the scene it transcended – it’s a bold departure from their previous work that could have easily flopped.

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TNF Premiere: Brooklyn alt-rock band Castle Black premieres new EP, “Dead In A Dream”

We’re always on the search for new music here at TNF HQ, and if there’s anything we’re really excited to introduce you to, it’s bands with only 3 members. The iconic power trio, as it were, always seems to put out intriguing music – and Brooklyn alt-rock/post-punk band Castle Black is no exception. The bands plays an interesting style of alt-rock that draws from Sonic Youth and L7, so if riot grrl bands are your thing (they should be!), this band might be right up your alley.

While the band’s upcoming EP Dead In A Dream actually drops this Friday, we’re stoked to bring you the pre-release premiere of the EP, which you can hear below – along with a brief Q&A session by Leigh Celent.

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TNF Feature: Alex Sepassi (Silver Relics) discusses the enduring influence of Depeche Mode

Fresh off the release of their new album Generic., New York rock newcomers Silver Relics are trying to make a name for themselves in a crowded music scene. However, the album title is certainly one that does not actually fit the bill for the duo, who formed just a couple years ago. Drawing lots of influence from past eras of music as well as the likes of The Cure and Depeche Mode, it’s likely that Silver Relics will make their way into your playlists.

Even better? Silver Relics’ Alex Sepassi, one half of the duo, has stopped by to discuss the enduring influence of Depeche Mode – specifically their Music For The Masses and Violator records. Read the whole thing below, and stream their entire new record as well.

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