With Death Stranding finally out tomorrow, Bring Me The Horizon releases their own cut from the game’s ‘Timefall’ soundtrack: ‘Ludens.’
After what feels like an eternity of hype and mystery, and after the shit-canned Silent Hills, Hideo Kojima’s next game, Death Stranding, drops tomorrow on Friday, November 8th. It’s bound to be a visually-stunning, metaphor-filled, surrealist action game that’ll be just as weird, obtuse, and on-the-nose with its social and political commentary as anything seen in the Metal Gear Solid series. This is, after all, Hideo Kojima we’re talking about, so I also expect to see some off-putting portrayals of women in it as well, bolstered by big names like Mads Mikkelsen, Norman Reedus, and Nicolas Winding Refn (director of Drive and The Neon Demon.)
With the game just mere hours from hitting physical and digital shelves, the game’s “Timefall” soundtrack has been releasing piece by piece lately, featuring songs from artists like Chvrches, Major Lazer, and now, Bring Me The Horizon. Named after Ludens, the official mascot for Hideo Kojima’s production company, ‘Ludens‘ starts off as a weird, electro-rock, underground club song. Outside of the disconnected, sci-fi themed lyrics about the coldness of humankind, this song is something not too dissimilar from what one may have found on this year’s ‘amo‘ LP. Eventually, the song then morphs into BMTH kicking out a heavier metal section where the band drops in a breakdown, low chugs, and even some growls too. Those who enjoy the weirder, unexpected nature of BMTH’s trajectory of late are sure to dig the tune overall, and those who want something heavier might also get a kick out of it as well. Personally, I say big whoop to the breakdown: I’d rather just have a good BMTH rather than a heavy BMTH.
Whilst a harmless track, ‘Ludens‘ was apparently created in a very short time frame for the latest virtual plunge into the insane mind of Kojima, and honestly, I think you can also hear in the track itself that it was rushed to begin with. Unlike the finest moments off ‘amo‘ such as ‘nihilist blues‘ or ‘sugar honey ice & tea,’ I think this video-game tie-in song will be forgotten sooner rather than later. Check it out for yourself below: