When Supermassive Games released Until Dawn in the summer of 2015, their unique approach to horror/thrillers earned them immediate praise. The project was lauded for its branching story mechanics that went to great lengths to mimic the idea of “The Butterfly Effect” (every action has a consequence). Aside from the game’s excellent graphics and voice over performances, it immediately grips players’ attention from the start with a chilling cover of the song ‘Oh Death.’ 

The classic folk song is also known as ‘Conversation with Death’ and has existed for nearly 100 years. The piece has been redone multiple times by a vast array of performers—all of whom added a new spin or rhythmic style to the original. ‘Oh Death’ has appeared several times in pop culture. 

Many may know the Jen Titus version from season 5 of the CW’s Supernatural. The song plays as the series introduced the character of the horseman Death. Climbing out of a long white limo and giving a man who bumped him in the road a heart attack with a glance, the haunting tune set the stage perfectly for such an ominous character. 

Supernatural O Death – Jen Titus

Death walks the streets of chicago. From the Supernatural Episode “Two Minutes To Midnight”.

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Amy Van Roekel provided the lyrical talent for Until Dawn, establishing an appropriate environment for the group of teens to run for their lives and try to survive the night on Blackwood Mountain. 

O’death – Until Dawn

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In Man of Medan, the song returns—likely setting a precedent for this as the studio’s theme song for their horror titles. A more rock-based score is used here to set the sea faring adventure off right. Just as in its predecessor, grotesque images flash across the scene—jumping from one environment to the other, setting players up for the chaotic night ahead. Keep an eye on Good Game Report for the full Man of Medan review which is out now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Khemmis – A Conversation with Death (The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan)

Khemmis – A Conversation with Death Doomed rock ‘n’ rollers Khemmis transform “A Conversation with Death,” an early 20th century Appalachian dirge, into a sludgy, sorrowful contemplation of mortality. This song was originally released as part of a now-sold-out split 7″ with Arizona traditional metallers Spirit Adrift on War Crimes Recordings.