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"I have always looked to that franchise as the cutting edge of what seemingly unlimited budgets and full-on not cutting any corners can do in the current day and age"
— Trent Reznor

Trent Reznor the Nine Inch Nails frontman is going to compose the theme song for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Treyarch were apparently looking for an artist "that could represent something a little bit dark, sometimes conflicted, bold original and engaging".

Trent Reznor also recently composed the soundtrack to the films The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

He says "When I sat down with [Treyarch]. I kind of wanted to extract 'If you are looking for a big orchestral, Hollywood-y feeling, traditional-type patriotic score, I can do something like that, but I'm not excited about doing it and it's not my strength. There's a lot of other people who can do that better than I can."

"What I did was present them with the concept of 'Let's have it arranged semi-orchestrally, but let's have the voice be an instrument. Let's veer it more towards guitar, bass, drum rock band aggression. And I don't mean in a corny rock and roll way, but let's have a more modern foundation in terms of how it sounds."

"What I learned in listening to the full story and the amount of effort that has gone into the back story and the characters and the full preparation there is a lot of reservation and angst and sense of loss and regret and anger bubbling under the surface. So it didn't make sense to have a gung ho, patriotic feeling theme song. It has to feel weighty."

Mass Effect 2 composer Jack Wall is going to compose the rest of the soundtrack.

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