There’s only one thing better than playing games and that’s collecting every piece of merchandise tied to them. There was nothing like flipping through your favorite gaming magazine and seeing a profile of a limited edition collectible or discovering a piece of memorabilia from a beloved game in an overlooked corner of a shop and it’s a feeling we strive to replicate every month as we look through our own collector’s cabinet and dig out items new and old to show the world.
The Silent Hill series may be over, but it leaves an indelible legacy. Each game in the series is someone’s favorite and the vast majority of the series was scored by a single composer. Akira Yamaoka’s haunting tracks have brought as much life to the horror franchise as its visual and gameplay design. Although it’s been possible to pick up soundtracks from Silent Hill in CD or digital format in the past there had never been an official chance to listen to Yamaoka’s work on vinyl.
This changed when Mondo decided to release a 2xLP vinyl of the original Silent Hill soundtrack. It has since sold out and been restocked, but it remains unknown how long it will stay stocked. The package comes housed within a sleeve featuring artwork by Sam Wolfe Connelly. It’s simple in its depiction of a crashed car surrounded by snow. Those who have never played Silent Hill may not grasp its significance and be confused as to why no monsters or nurses were depicted instead. Of course, fans should immediately recognize the intention of the artist with this piece.
With that said, the inside cover clearly draws from Silent Hill with its gorgeous depiction of the Incubus. Its wings span the breadth of the cover and leaves an impact. The discs themselves are fairly untouched. There’s no color splatter or color vinyl to look for. At least, not anymore since the “snowfall” coloration sold out on Mondo’s website. The black vinyl is simply given a label with the Seal of Metatron emblazoned on it for each side. These touches are simple and effective.
There are 41 tracks included across the two LPs. This means that nearly any track you might want to hear from Silent Hill is available. And yes, even those terrifying, noise-filled tracks that are hard to listen to are included alongside the more musical interludes. Listening to the soundtrack all the way through reveals that even all these years later that the music of Silent Hill is completely iconic and unlike anything else out there. Yamaoka may have not yet been at his peak, but it’s easy to see how he grew as a musician over the years.
Mondo’s Silent Hill vinyl leaves little room for complaints in regards to audio quality or presentation. Each song sounds as good as, if not better than, it did when pumping out of the PlayStation 1. It also isn’t sold for an obscene amount of money. $30 for a 2xLP set is pretty fair these days in the video game vinyl world. Any fan of Silent Hill owes it to themselves to pick up a copy before it’s finally gone. Not only would it look good on a shelf, but will hopefully push Mondo (or some other game vinyl publisher) to bring other Silent Hill soundtracks to the format.
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