The Insanely Rare Racing Game Developed By a Metal Label

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It’s hard to overstate the impact the vehicular combat series Twisted Metal had on video games.

Everyone was trying to get in on car combat, be it a long-running franchise like Jak and Daxter in racing game Jak X, or the bizarre WWE Crush Hour, where wrestlers took their combat to cars.

To get in on the fun, legendary heavy metal label Earache Records helped produce the PS2 title Earache Extreme Metal Racing. 

The game was developed by studio Data Design Interactive, and took the combat and attitude of Twisted Metal and morphed it into a kind of over-the-top kart racing game.

Earache Extreme Metal Racing lets players choose a race team representing a band that was signed to Earache at the time of the game’s development. Bands represented are Biomechanical, Akercocke, Decapitated, The Berzerker, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Linea 77, Mortiis, Society1 and Municipal Waste.

Alas, the band members themselves aren’t represented in the game, and you’re relegated to generic “metal” NPCs who wave the flag of the band you’ve chosen to rep. Still neat, but alas.

The race tracks themselves are about what you’d expect. You’ve got your hell track, a graveyard, a satanic wasteland and some others. Essentially, everything looks like it’s straight out of a metal cover.

The game itself, admittedly, is rough. The team behind it, Data Design Interactive, typically produced low-budget Wii titles. Stuff like Classic British Motor Racing, Billy the Wizard: Rocket Broomstick Racing and others.

Still, the soundtrack is pretty ace. Sadly, the game was only released in Europe, but collectors can grab a copy on eBay if they so wish.

Check out the soundtrack below, and see footage of the game too.

  • Akercocke – Verdelet
    The Berzerker – Afterlife
    Biomechanical – Regenerated
    Decapitated Day – 69
    Deicide – Scars of the Crucifix
    Linea 77 – Charon
    Morbid Angel – Maze of Torment
    Mortiis – Parasite God
    Municipal – Waste Mind Eraser
    Ewigkeit – It’s Not Reality
    Usurper – Kill for Metal
    A**l C**t – I Sold Your Dog to a Chinese Restaurant
    Insision –  My Fever
    With Passion – Trainwreck Orchestra
    Urkraft – Open the Gate
    December Wolves – Solid Gold Beating
    Beecher – Function Function
    Blood Red Throne –  Smite
    Ephel Duath – The Passage
    The Berzerker – Reality
    Severe Torture – Endless Strain of Cadavers
    Anata – Build on Sand
    Dub War – Nar Say a Ting
    Napalm Death – The Kill
    At the Gates – Under a Serpent Sun
    Cathedral Hopkins – (The Witchfinder General)
    The Haunted – Bury Your Dead
    Morbid Angel – Day of Suffering
    Carcass – Reek of Putrefaction
    Hate Eternal – King of All Kings
    Godflesh – Crush My Soul (Ultramix Edit)
    Pitchshifter – Underachiever
    Ultraviolence – Masochist Breakdown
    Cult of Luna – Leave Me Here
    Brutal Truth – Walking Corpse
    Bolt Thrower – World Eater
    Sleep – Dragonaut
    Terrorizer – Dead Shall Rise
    Entombed – Drowned
    Vader – Dark Age