At Doom's Gate

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At Doom's Gate
Composer Bobby Prince
Released 1993-12-10
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

At Doom's Gate was one of the first heavy metal tracks that Bobby Prince composed for Doom, and it is also the first level music you'll hear since the song is played in E1M1: Hangar. The title is a play on words, meaning that you are at the gates of the concept of doom, while also at the gates of the game itself. The song starts a trend with the game using a heavy metal genre. The song consists mostly of electric guitars and drums. Like much of Doom's music, fans have compared this track to other heavy metal tunes Prince may have used for inspiration including the work of Metallica's Master of Puppets and No Remorse, King Diamond's The Family Ghost, and D.R.I.'s Hooked (Slayer's Behind the Crooked Cross is very similar to Hooked).

Prince used Sequencer Plus Gold to compose this track. This track appears on the Doom Music album.

Bobby Prince had this to say about the track:

The id Software development team originally wanted me to do nothing but metal songs for DOOM. I did not think that this type of music would be appropriate throughout the game, but I roughed out several original songs and also created MIDI sequences of some cover material. This was before any level design and was before most of the artwork had been created. As the game came together, the guys at id saw that this type of music was not appropriate for many of the levels in DOOM. Thinking that this would be the case, I had also roughed out a lot of ambient moody background music, much of which ended up in the game. This song was one of the first of its type that I wrote. I heard it as being on a level that went by real fast. As it turns out, John Romero (who placed all of the songs on the levels) decided it was a perfect song for the first level.

Games

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Doom (DOS)
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Arranger Bobby Prince
Released 1993-12-10
Length 1:35
Format MUS
Loops Yes

"At Doom's Gate" plays in E1M1: Hangar, the first level of the game.

The internal name of the song is "D_E1M1".

Doom (32X)

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Doom (32X)
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Released 1994-11-??
Loops Yes

In Sega 32X version of Doom "At Doom' Gate" can be heard in the Main menu (replacing Introduction, although it is still present on the game's ROM), during the demo rotation, on MAP01: Hangar and MAP10: Containment Area (replacing The Demons From Adrian's Pen song, since it is absent there).

Doom (SNES)

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Doom (SNES)
Released 1995-09-01
Loops Yes

The SNES version features this song on E1M1: Hangar, as usual.

Doom (3DO)

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Doom (3DO)
Released 1996-04-26
Loops Yes

The 3DO version features this in the Title screen, Main menu, on MAP01: Hangar as usual, on MAP12: Deimos Lab (replacing They're Going to Get You) and after the completion of a level (replacing Intermission From DOOM).

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