Guitarist from Swedish metal band Meshuggah working on Wolfenstein: The New Order

In addition to music from composer Mick Gordon, Bethesda's upcoming FPS will feature "special music contributions" from Fredrik Thordendal of Meshuggah.

Bethesda's upcoming first-person shooter Wolfenstein: The New Order will feature "special music contributions" from Meshuggah lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal. Creative director Jens Matthies confirmed Thordendal's work on the game during a recent Reddit AMA. Unfortunately for gamers and fans of metal music, though, that's all we know right now.

This isn't the first time a metal band has worked on music for a video game, as Florida metal group Trivium wrote and recorded an original song for the God of War III soundtrack. On top of that, System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian is working on the music for Midnight Star, the upcoming mobile game from Halo co-creator Alex Seropian.

Thordendal's contribution to Wolfenstein: The New Order is in addition to the work of Mick Gordon (Killer Instinct, Need for Speed: The Run), who composed the music for the game.

The collaboration between Thordendal and Bethesda was no doubt made easier by the fact that developer MachineGames and Meshuggah are both based in Sweden--reportedly one of the most metal-rich areas in the entire world.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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iMpLuX
iMpLuX

Why is it that Sweden feels they must continually prove that they are the greatest white country on the planet?


Destroy Erase Improve!

Bray209
Bray209

Mick Gordon AND Fredrik Thordendal?

Gott Im Himmel!!!.

*Faints*

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

It instantly became a must-purchase game for me.....
again.

guscrevelari
guscrevelari

That's great. I saw them live at House of Blues here in Boston.  Great band, probably the most aggressive death metal band out there.  For those who never listened to them, give it a try. ''Bleed'' and '' Obzen '' are my favorites.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Heavy metal and rock n roll for life!

Shakezulah
Shakezulah

As if I needed another reason to buy this game...

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

YES one of my favorite bands, he's such a good songwriter. Gives me way more incentive to play this now.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

That's awesome! I actually got to see Meshuggah live in San Francisco at the Fillmore when they opened for Ministry in 2008, they were pretty badass!

Pupchu
Pupchu

I really really want this game.

Onallion
Onallion

Meshuggah are epic and brilliant. I know it's probably not a big contribution and it's kind of silly, but I think this has actually convinced me to buy the game.

derekscorp
derekscorp

This "metal" band is kind of a joke. They use a drum machine.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I look through these comments, and I'm sad to confess I'm outdated when it comes to metal bands. :(

But I welcome anything that adds some spice to Wolfenstein.

svaargod
svaargod

OMG...got DJENT...air guitar/riffs...yeeeeeeeeeeeees...

meedokicky
meedokicky

FFFFFFFFFFFFF THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!! *never really listened to their music lol* but everything is looking pretty good so far :)

Hurvl
Hurvl

I know one the developers, so I hope people won't think of this game as Meh-shuggah.

Psycold
Psycold

I was just hoping it wouldn't be dubstep, but to not only dis-regard popular music but also include one of my all time favorite musicians and or bands raises my respect level so much for the devs. 

ParanoidPaal
ParanoidPaal

Seems like Wolfenstein: The New Order is going to a pretty sweet soundtrack. All the boys from Meshuggah are simply amazing musicians.

BuBsay
BuBsay

So this must've been the special project Thordendal was talking about all those months ago.


I wonder if it'll have any input from Tomas Haake too.

Chaos_1990
Chaos_1990

That's great. Haven't listened to a lot of Meshuggah, but it is appreciated that Bethesda inserts some nice metal vibes in the game.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

As ever with metal I like the metal part but I draw the line at the "vocals".

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

I see gamespot users listen to some good music ;)

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

"Destroy , Erase , Improve" is one of the best Metal albums I ever heard ! I like this band !

donmuath
donmuath

NICE, huge fan of the band; Dancers to a Discordant System is one of my all time favourite songs. Glad to see them get some recognition from the mainstream media.

CyrenII
CyrenII

@derekscorp The hell is wrong with a drum machine? Godflesh utilise it brilliantly, as did Pitchshifter on their first record. But yes, drum machines sound ultimately bad because they're used by horrible bands

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@derekscorp  Oh my god the amount of ignorance and retardation in your post actually offends the entire metal community.

SolidSnakeJT
SolidSnakeJT

@derekscorp You're a joke...they used a drum machine in only one album, and the drum machine was created by the drummer himself. Learn real facts before spreading nonsense!

Psycold
Psycold

@derekscorp  uuuh no they don't. Look up Thomas Haake drum cam on youtube. 

Psycold
Psycold

@Gallowhand  Meshuggah has been around since 1987, but to be fair they only got kinda popular in '95 and much more popular from 2000-present. 

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@Dannystaples14  There's a plethora of metal bands with just singing or no singing at all, broaden your mind :)

Psycold
Psycold

@donmuath  That exact song came to mind when I first thought of them associated with a game soundtrack

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

Catch 33 if I'm correct. And it was the sampler called "the drum kit from hell" co produced by Haake.

Correct me if I'm wrong by the way, as I'm not fully certain.

hoyholyhoy
hoyholyhoy

@SolidSnakeJT @derekscorp  They didn't even use a drum machine actually, they just used kick triggers on Bleed (which only help the sound, not the playing) and samples on the album (which 99.9% of bands do.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@Psycold - I've heard the name before, but I'm not sure I've heard their music.  I didn't realise they were an 80s band.  Strange, because I regularly listened to The Friday Rock Show throughout the 1980s.  I'm sure I must have heard some of their tracks in the past...

Psycold
Psycold

@Gallowhand @Psycold  It's hard to qualify them as an 80's band even though that is when they were established, mainly because they didn't release any good content until the 90's...so don't feel too bad about it haha