The History of Heavy Metal and Gaming

Metal and gaming go back a while. There are some striking examples of 80s and 90s games that feature popular metal songs of the time. But that doesn’t mean that metal music isn’t present in modern games. These amazing tracks can set the mood and can give you a much-needed boost in adrenaline. In that regard, here are some games that feature metal music:

Kiss: Shout Out Loud

KISS is a well-known metal band. The first thing that comes to mind is the black-and-white makeup and the outrageous costumes. Throughout the years the band has several successful hits and their iconic status has inspired game developers to produce Kiss: Shout Out Loud. This is a slot game that casino fans would enjoy and you can find it at lots of casino sites online.

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Holy Diver

This was a platformer that released back in 1989. Sadly it has nothing to do with the song of the same name but the heavy metal influence is obvious. The characters in the game share the names of metal icons like Dio and Ozzy. Moreover, it references important metal bands like Slayer and King Crimson. Most importantly it’s a fun game to play.

Crüe Ball

As the name suggests, this game was inspired by Motley Crüe. It’s a pinball game where you need to use the ball to destroy the army of skeletons coming at you. What’s also interesting is that the game features Dr Feelgood, Live Wire and Home Sweet Home in 16-bit style. Since it’s a 1992 game it features an interesting pixel-art style that retro fans today would love.


This is the ultimate example of a merge between heavy metal and gaming. The 1993 Doom game was filled with guts and gore, and lots of hellish creatures for you to defeat. Doom was a first-person shooter so it’s suitable for it to have a metal soundtrack. The likes of Slayer, Metallica, Pantera and Judas Priest graced the game with their songs which set the atmosphere for this game.

The 2016 reboot of this game wasn’t short on metal songs as well. Mick Gordon made sure you have the songs banging in the background as you take on the legions of hell. Doom Eternal is the sequel of the reboot and it guts and gore with a dash of metal as well.


Gamers would agree that Quake is a homage to Doom, and some would say that the game is Doom’s spiritual sequel. That’s because Quake doesn’t shy away from the blood and gore just as Doom did. It’s also a first-person shooter that lets you destroy various kinds of enemies. The soundtrack is amazing and features some pieces made by Nine Inch Nails’ own Trent Reznor.