Heretic music


The Heretic soundtrack was created by Kevin Schilder of Raven Software. As should be expected from the fantasy setting of the game, in contrast to Doom's science fiction theme, the music is composed in a completely different style. Heretic's soundtrack is more ambient and has diverse instrumentation, with significant use of percussion, harps, and choral voices. Many tracks are highly rhythmic and evoke an exotic, fantasy action atmosphere similar to typical motion picture soundtracks in the same genre. The Heretic soundtrack was meant to sound "dark, angry, and dissonant", making use of the tritone, diminished chords, and whatever other musical methods "sounded right" to evoke this mood.

The tracks in Heretic are unnamed according to Kevin Schilder, and were only labeled in the IWAD with the headers of the levels for which they were originally written.

Levels Lump Length Notes
E1M1, E3M1, E4M6 MUS_E1M1 02:03 A remixed version appears in Hexen II as CD track 6 / egyp1.mid.
E1M2, E3M6, E4M2 MUS_E1M2 01:56
E1M3, E3M5, E4M3 MUS_E1M3 01:32
E1M4, E2M5, E4M4, E5M5 MUS_E1M4 01:58
E1M5, E3M7, E4M5 MUS_E1M5 01:31
E1M6, E3M4, E4M1, E6M3 MUS_E1M6 01:52 A remixed version appears in Hexen II as CD track 16 / casb2.mid.
E1M7, E4M7 MUS_E1M7 01:43
E1M8, E4M8 MUS_E1M8 01:20
E1M9, E3M8, E4M9 MUS_E1M9 01:12
E2M1, E5M1 MUS_E2M1 01:43
E2M2, E5M2 MUS_E2M2 01:28
E2M3, E5M3 MUS_E2M3 01:59 Titled "BluRoc" by Kevin Schilder [1]
E2M4, E5M4 MUS_E2M4 01:20
E2M6, E3M9, E5M6 MUS_E2M6 01:36
E2M7, E5M7 MUS_E2M7 01:48
E2M8, E5M8 MUS_E2M8 01:38
E2M9, E5M9 MUS_E2M9 02:04
E3M2, E6M1 MUS_E3M2 01:06
E3M3, E6M2 MUS_E3M3 01:28
Title music MUS_TITL 00:12
Intermission music MUS_INTR 00:59
Victory music MUS_CPTD 01:06


  1. Inky. "Kevin Schilder interviewed by Inky." Retrieved 27 November 2020.

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