ReMix:Doom "Doomed" 4:53

By Rimco

Arranging the music of one song...

"Sign of Evil (E1M8)"

Primary Game: Doom (id Software , 1993, DOS), music by Bobby Prince

Posted 2000-12-31, evaluated by djpretzel

I hereby declare Rimco the king of new-age - or anything resembling it - on this site (Note that new age IS different from ambient, etc). Who exactly is Rimco? Well, he just happens to be the same person, going by a different name, as Aurasil, responsible for the AWESOME 'Yie Ar Kung Fu' ReMix that I think is severely under-downloaded and have already said would make my top ten. This guy's ReMixes are awesome people - GET THEM! Note that I went back and changed his Yie ar mix to reflect his new name and site - visit his site for some great original pieces as well. I could go on and on about the textures in his ReMixes - this ReMix in particular has synths that seem distorted, but they never get ugly - they stay RIGHT on the fringe of being clean and distorted, where the textures shimmer but there's no grunge or feedback. Beautiful.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-08-07 08:19:49
On 31-7-2017 at 10:26 AM, dfcentre said:

No comments for 7 years! I've been a big fan of this track since first downloading it those many years ago.

The only qualm that I have is the sound quality. The high hats (sorry I'm not musically literate?) and other instruments that are high frequency get really muddy due to the compression. The track was released back when and bandwidth was treasured so I understand why the tracks needed to be compressed, but I would love for Rimco, wherever he is over a decade later, to re publish this track in 320 kbps format.

I can dream.

As this song is still one of my favorite tracks of all time, I recently was listening to it on youtube and found that Richard Craig himself posted a link to his google page which contains a high quality WMA download link of this exact song (I thought high quality and WMA was a contradiction in terminis, but apparantly I'm mistaken):

Coincidentally, I decided to once again read up on the raving comments of this song on this website, which this song completely and utterly deserves, and found your comment, which I just had to reply to.

on 2017-07-31 04:26:30

No comments for 7 years! I've been a big fan of this track since first downloading it those many years ago.

The only qualm that I have is the sound quality. The high hats (sorry I'm not musically literate?) and other instruments that are high frequency get really muddy due to the compression. The track was released back when and bandwidth was treasured so I understand why the tracks needed to be compressed, but I would love for Rimco, wherever he is over a decade later, to re publish this track in 320 kbps format.

I can dream.

on 2010-03-11 18:30:47

This has a very cool intro- I dig it.The sounds and mood are excellent, and the track has a really cool feel. For seeing a really old submission from a soundtrack that isn't really my favorites made me expect the worst, but this was a really nice surprise.

Fantastic. :-)

ella guro
on 2009-12-04 23:06:45

This song is still great. The sounds are dark and unique but pleasant at the same time. The arrangement is very subtle. The beginning is one of the most emotive things I've heard on this site. When the lead just climbs upwards and then everything stops for a few seconds at :30 it's just picture perfect. I was a weird kid and played DOOM to death, and I think this mix does an excellent job of conjuring up the hopelessness of the game and that level (e1l8 ) in particular.

The only thing I never liked as much is the backing synth that comes in around 1:59. I think it's kind of a generic backing and more could have been done with it. That part used to really bug me, but these days it doesn't too much anymore.

This is a wonderful mix that everyone should hear.

on 2009-10-22 10:36:16

Right off the bat, you have an excellent cinematic style going on. The chord progression and your choice musical textures creates a great vide. The drive of the piece is similar to your first piece (or at least the first part of the mix is) in the since that the synths carry the rhythm. The small sounding drums that come in are fantastic! This really does remind me of the aquatic ambience from DKC. That in itself is a feat in and of itself since this comes from Doom. The soundscape is just as lush as your first track was. Excellent work all around.

on 2009-04-06 05:23:33

The iconic source and this ReMix tell me the same message but in different ways:

Source - "You will die in this decrepit place. Nothing you do will alter that fact. The demons here don't like your company, and they'll slaughter you if you so much as cry." (harsh and blunt)

ReMix - "You fought hard, dear Space Marine, and in the end it just wasn't enough. Now lay down your arms and your spirit, and find inner peace. You will join your fallen comrades on the other side." (gentle and forgiving)

This mix is so much easier to listen to, is what I'm saying. It hits the right tones softly but firmly.

on 2009-02-16 22:23:13

This remix saps my will to live.

EDIT: I meant (and mean) that in full seriousness. A complete transformation of one's emotional state upon listening is the highest compliment I can imagine giving a piece of music. This remix does exactly that. Thank you, Mr Craig.

on 2009-02-13 20:48:29

This has to be one of my favourites, definately of the earlier OCR period. It was this mix that really exploded the wall between videogame music and music that I would regularly listen to. It also was the first that exposed just what can be lurking in the strangest places. Doom for me was just a dark, gritty game that I played through once and never thought of much, and when I learnt that something so beautiful could be extracted from that, my perception on music in general opened up tenfold.

Rimco interpreted the melody flawlessly. It contains everything the original does, but seamlessly includes some truly stunning moments that Bobby Prince himself would be jealous of, in a "Why didn't I think of that!?" sort of way.

If OCR could be summed up in a mix, this would be my pick. It's simple and complex at the same time, beautiful and macabre, and just plain awesome. I'm gushing now so I'll stop, but I really loved the mix and I'm glad others agree.

on 2009-01-12 20:59:52

This is the reason I even signed up. This song is haunting. I usually don't listen to remixes except for doom remixes, and unlike the metal ones, this is carefully thought out. It's hauntingly beautiful. I sincerely hope Rimco does some more doom remixes. My favorite part is 3:23 afterwards

on 2007-12-06 21:44:21

God, this piece is just amazing. Beautiful, and Saddening.

I really hope Rimco does more pieces, this guy got me onto ocremix in the first place.

Alimah Kali
on 2007-11-22 00:46:46

Welp... Guess I'll be the freak with the eerie review to completely throw things off.

Before I go on I must add that I have indeed heard the original and found that to be quite creepy. Despite this, I actually get two different sensations from this song. When I connect the song to Doom, I can feel heartache and a sadness like no other. To the point of tears. Something, or someone, has or will die and it will be a horrid death filled with unimaginable pain.

But when I listen to it as a song apart from the source, I feel a build up of romance. Almost like a forbidden love that must be kept in quiet shadow. It gives me chills and makes me sigh so very deeply, most especially towards the very end. I have chosen to go with this sensation... probably just because I'm a bit of a romantic.

Either way, the song is magnificent and I think it stands quite well against the test of time. I fell for this song years ago and just came back to it. It hasn't lost it's power over me even for a second.

on 2007-07-25 14:39:40

This song admittedtly kinda introduced me to video game music remixes in general. Sadly, nothing else has ever quite lived up to this one.

Absolutely astounding mix.

Valhalla Knight
on 2007-05-19 11:59:39

Man, I LITERALLY just CRIED while listening to this remix. Not balled or anything, mind you, but my eyes did well up and I shed a tear or two. It gets to me every time but just now was the first time I've actually responded that emotionally to it. It just gives me such a sense of hopelessness and...well, DOOM. Yet, somehow it lets me know that there is a small light at the end of the tunnel...this song is absolutely amazing, Rimco. Thanks.

on 2005-10-26 15:05:23

Hey all, this is my first posting to the site as well.

This remix is one of my all-time favorites (of the 228 I've downloaded so far, and counting). I'm not a remixer myself so I can't comment on the details of music quality, but all I know is that it evokes a somber , sad, gripping, pleading mood.

I get the visual of the Doom Marine making his final stand against the demons and Barons of Hell in E1L8. Guns blazing, gore splattering, and then the deathblow. The anguished scream as the marine succumbs to the horde... and then a profound sorrow as our hero is devoured. It is the funeral dirge for the Doom Marine.

There are many awesome tunes on this site, and this is at the top of my list.

Please create more, Rimco -- this song kicks ass.

- amosender

on 2005-10-12 15:06:15

This being my very first post on OCR, I'll try to make this good.

This is certainly one of the top 20 on my playlist. This particular mix seems almost too powerful. Just the way the melody builds up to that main part, then holds you was enough to get a strong emotional reaction out of me.

Even though I've played the game and at the time would stop shooting long enough to enjoy the song, this piece gives me a bit of a different feeling....

I guess if I had a lover who had passed away like an hour or two ago, this song would probably sum up the feeling of loss very well. THAT's probably the emotion that I mentioned earlier might be. I'm still debating whether this would be appropriate to play at a funeral, despite it's origin.

At any rate, I love this song ... However, there is a down side to my personal review.

I love the song, but the one thing that brings this song down in my opinion is the sample quality. This song makes no attempt to hide the low quality of the samples used. As an avid listener of the old types of mod songs (mod, s3m, xm, it, etc.), this sounds like it was tracked using ScreamTracker or the like. The only samples that don't sound like they're 8-bit are the drums, though that's not too hard to accomplish even for 8-bits.

If this song were rebuilt using higher quality samples, that would just make my day. I'll admit that the first thought that ran through my mind when I first started listening to this song was; "Damn, was this converted from a mod? If this wasn't an mp3, I could play this with no problem on my pettily little laptop."

In the case of mods, CPU power is what makes or breaks mod songs, and my laptop is an old Pent. 166, so I was quite annoyed with this song at first. But I'm over that now.

And thus ends my post.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Doom (id Software , 1993, DOS)
Music by Bobby Prince
"Sign of Evil (E1M8)"

Tags (11)

Ambient,New Age
Effects > Distortion
Effects > Lo-Fi
Time > Tempo: Slow

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