Red Alert (Frank Klepacki)
Hell March is the signature tune of the Red Alert franchise. Every iteration of the series has opened to a version of that familiar driving guitar riff. While later re-imaginings have added an orchestral backing, evoking grander and more epic battles, it’s the original that remains the high-point.
That darker industrial edge fits perfectly with the game it introduces. While all anyone seems to remember are the camp FMV cutscenes, what people - and the later games with their ridiculous units and cartoon graphics - forget is that is that, away from Einstein time-assassinating Hitler, the actual game of Red Alert 1 was relatively understated and brutal. After all, war is hell. And Red Alert is Hell March.