ReMix:Doom "demonik elektronik" 4:33

By analoq

Arranging the music of one song...

"Donna to the Rescue (E3M2)"

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

Posted 2004-01-08, evaluated by the judges panel

analoq's just gotten more and more dangerous with each passing ReMix. Leave him alone for awhile, and he comes up with something different, creative, quality, and highly indicative of both an arsenal of tools and more importantly the skillz to put them to good use. This Doom ReMix is an instant classic, easily one of the best from the series that I've ever heard, and features some truly varied, inspired processing, Rammstein-esque vocals, and a bassline that drives the whole thing and is the business. It's a very good thing when a bassline is the business, and this one is. Layered, filtered synths, electronic drums, and gated guitar hits fill everything out, and there's also more than one breakdown and the PERFECT ending, a mellow, maudlin chorus of fuzzy synth strings. Though it was unanimously approved by the panel, there was some amusing dialogue regarding the "lyrics":

Vigilante: as far as i can tell, the last three lines are: Dracula, kumbaya, rastaman.
analoq: the words are from the 'infernal names' section of the lavey satanic bible. sort of a demonic roll call. it seemed appropriate for doom. i'm probably pronouncing some of them wrong but they're just for effect anyways...

I could have sworn I heard "kumbaya" and "rastaman", too, so perhaps Jesse shouldn't feel too bad. At any rate, the effect works as intended, and the mix has that futuristic-satanic dichotomy balanced just right. Great mix, and the title is even cool because it's like "onik" instead of "onic" and stuff, and we all know that's the business, too. Highly recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2019-01-28 18:01:09

one of those tunes never forgotten. this was formative years for me. this was released just about the time i started making music for real.

about the incantations, the last two still sound as 'kumbaya', 'rastamon' to me. i think that's just awesome.

i love how this shifts a couple notes and thus transforms it all into pop. it's all in the original, it just took a couple notes.

talking theory, the minor/major seventh embellishment in the melody is incredible. it's the same in the original, but only in this tune it becomes something special. i haven't heard it elsewhere.

whole thing is what remixing is about

on 2015-11-19 04:25:31


on 2014-09-15 11:28:21

The thing that would be of far more interest to me if you still have the original is a FLAC (or equivalent) copy of this. That would be completely fantastic. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease? Absolutely love the track (although most D/A converters make the opening a bit harsh)!

on 2014-03-09 01:06:26

Vocal hate? A victim is me!

Kidding of course, I don't mind in the slightest. In fact I would be happy to provide you guys with an instrumental mix of this, however after 10 years, and I can hardly believe it's been that long, the project files have no doubt collected a prohibitive amount of cobweb; I wouldn't have the hours necessary to sort it out and bounce anything.

Thanks for the kind words, though.


on 2014-01-20 10:28:08

Aww man, I wish those lyrics weren't there--or rather, I almost wish that I just hadn't found out about them (as of today). This has always been one of my very favorite OCR classic tracks--super catchy arrangement, chewy drums, nice phat synths. Don't reeeeeally wanna be blastin' a demonic roll call, though. :-(

on 2014-01-19 18:46:28

I don't suppose there's a version of this somewhere without the lyrics? I like it the way it sounds now, but I think I'd like it better without the lyrics. Either way though, it's still damned good!

on 2011-05-12 21:13:47

It does indeed sound very much like NIN. I mention this because this song just came up on shuffle on my mp3 player today, and now it's on my "I should make a mashup out of this song" list. Watch this space! ;)

(Also, yes, it is in fact quite a great remix. But you already knew that.)

on 2010-06-01 17:44:43

Super oldschool Nine Inch Nails feel to this, which i'm certain has been mentioned about 9001 times already in this very review thread. Very cool sounds, and i'd totally fight some demons named kumbaya and rastaman.

Very good track that has held up very well.

on 2009-10-07 06:39:02

A lot of synths sound like acids going through chemical reactions: fizzy, bubbly, and carbonated, releasing gaseous by-products in the interim. It's like I'm witnessing a chemistry experiment in hell/on Mars, where Marine flesh gets devoured by the poisonous waters not unlike sugar getting raped by sulfuric acid. Other effects are equally curious, like the tone-and-volume-guided gatings starting at 0:31 or the hyper RPMs during the 8-bit break. And for some reason - I don't know why - some of the muted synths make me picture black wings or a black cape flapping ominously, particularly during the demonic roll calls and after the brief silence halfway through.

It's definitely sly, intimidating, and darkly transmogrifying like an incubus.

on 2007-12-09 10:46:09
Still, a good example of that the judges do not mess with taste, because otherwise this could not have passed: technically there is nothing wrong with it, but I also see no reason besides nostalgia why one would want to hear this.

There's no way this would have been passed just because it's "competent." Just because you personally didn't enjoy it, don't extrapolate that to how djpretzel or the staff viewed the mix. You'd be absolutely wrong.

on 2007-12-09 05:54:50

sounds like an old nine inch nails sound study with added spoken demon evocations. Do not expect something that in any way resembles Rammstein, as has been stated before. The whole thing is bland, at times feels detached through pointlessness. Still, a good example of that the judges do not mess with taste, because otherwise this could not have passed: technically there is nothing wrong with it, but I also see no reason besides nostalgia why one would want to hear this.

on 2007-08-02 09:53:30

Did you put that extremely harsh and annoying screeching sound at the start of demonik electronik just to get on peoples nerves? now i'm not talking **** or anything but I like that song I alot but I'm afraid to double click it because of that sound. I have to fast foward it everytime. _

on 2006-01-08 06:37:39

Rammstein remixed by NIN into a swirly dark chocolate.

Well I am a huge fan of industrial music, (like enough to name off a bunch of obscure bands no-one has heard of as my favorites.... Hocico, Wumpscut, Kevorkian Death Cycle...) so um, I know what Rammstein sounds like, I always wanted to get back and say, "yuh-huh, it does too sound like Rammstein, anyone who has heard alot of Rammstein knows it does!!!"

Thanks for backing me up.

Anyways... yeah, everytime I hear it, I still think Rammstein, and I still think it plays really well, and still sounds great, and everytime I hear it I get an itch to get back to these forums and post "yuh huh!!"... now that itch has been scratched... :P

on 2006-01-06 17:39:30

Well this one is goin to go to the vg playlist *saves* This is a really cool mix love it.

on 2006-01-06 16:58:23

I've glanced once in awhile at this Remix, but never got down to actually listening to it. But when I did, man what a great Remix it is! It fits in perfectly with Doom's mood and just well..its a really good version of that theme!!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Doom (id Software , 1993, DOS)
Music by Bobby Prince
"Donna to the Rescue (E3M2)"

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Lyrics > Lyrics: Original

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