When the fog rolls in, turn on these tunes, and close your eyes.
Here’s a lullaby to close your eyes (goodbye)
“Room of Angel” closes out the 43 track OTHERWORLD: A Tribute to Silent Hill, and within that redux lies an encapsulation of the best the album has on offer, a tribute that is in many ways faithful, while boosting the elements of the song that are most haunting. By boosting the levels of some of the vocal while emphasizing the backing track in other places the song stands as a distinctive take on the lullaby that still honours the original use of the song in the context of Silent Hill 4.
The cacophony that is Silent Hill 2‘s “Betrayal” is encapsulated beautifully by Bradford Eide on the album, who integrates the piano within the clanging, industrial sounding track to dramatic effect. Fans of the series will know the significance of this track–and its relation to the iconic Pyramid Head–but one doesn’t need to know the games to get serious haunted house vibes.
Sticking to Silent Hill 2, “Alone in the Town” is an ambient stage setter, a song utilized to set the stage between James and Eddie’s eventual conflict, that somehow involves pizza.
On the Otherworld album, a jazzed up version stands in, no less perfect for a rainy night, though perhaps a bit livelier than one would expect in both the first and last 90-seconds.
The collection of tunes here is impressive and spans the first four games in the series. The ambience of Silent Hill is preserved and revered every step of the way while each artist imprints their own take on the oppressive-but-comforting songs.
OTHERWORLD: A Tribute to Silent Hill is now available for purchase from Bandcamp for $14 CAD or it can be streamed, in its entirety, for free.