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