In an exciting blend of gaming and music, the character Alan Wake, known from the popular video game “Alan Wake 2,” stars in a music video for the song “Herald of Darkness.” This unique venture echoes the trend of integrating well-known characters into diverse media formats, such as Nicki Minaj’s appearance in Call of Duty.
The music video, performed by the fictional band Old Gods of Asgard, is not just a replay of game footage but a creatively reimagined presentation. It features a talk show interview scene from “Alan Wake 2,” transformed into a rock spectacle that lasts nearly ten minutes.
This format allows for an immersive experience, complete with guitar solos and a jazz segment featuring Alan Wake. The character is brought to life by Finnish actor Ilkka Villi and voiced by Matthew Porretta, known for his role as Dr. Casper Darling in the game “Control.”
Old Gods of Asgard and Poets of the Fall
Old Gods of Asgard, the in-game band, is an alter ego for the real-life Finnish band Poets of the Fall. This band has a history of integrating its music into Remedy Entertainment’s games, starting from the original “Alan Wake” and including memorable contributions to “Control,” especially during the Ashtray Maze section. While the band’s appearances in “Alan Wake 2” are significant, they are depicted differently from their youthful portrayal in the video.
Music Beyond the Game
The “Herald of Darkness” track is also available on music streaming services like Spotify, offering Game, Video, and Radio edits for a wide audience. This release highlights the seamless integration of video game culture into mainstream entertainment mediums.
“Alan Wake 2” has made a significant impact in the gaming world, being a contender for Game of the Year at The Game Awards. It faces tough competition from titles like “Spider-Man 2,” “Super Mario Bros. Wonder,” “The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” “Resident Evil 4,” and “Baldur’s Gate 3.” The game is currently available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and the Epic Games Store for PC.