When Killer Instinct was released for the Super Nintendo in 1995, there was a compact disc packaged with the game. Aptly named Killer Cuts, this was the first video game soundtrack I ever owned. Up until that time, my brother and I were ripping game music using a complex combination of stereo equipment and cassette tapes. It blew my young mind that I could simply buy a game and have the soundtrack included with my purchase.
Killer Cuts featured arranged versions of each fighter’s theme song. As a kid already obsessed with all things spooky, I gravitated towards the characters Sabrewulf and Spinal, a cybernetic werewolf and reanimated skeleton respectively. Even though I played more as the perpetually grinning skeletal warrior, it was Sabrewulf’s theme that I really enjoyed.
Composers Robin Beanland and Graeme Norgate wrote a fantastic track to match the mournful werewolf and his gothic abode. An epic baroque tune with organ samples is the perfect theme for the gothic halls of Castle Sabrewulf.