Why Is My Starbound Playing Heavy Metal Music?

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If you’ve been wondering why your Starbound game has been playing heavy metal music, you’re not alone. Here’s a quick fix.


Welcome to the Starbound Music Guide! In this guide, we’ll be discussing why your Starbound game might start playing heavy metal music, and how you can fix it.

Starbound is a spacefaring sandbox survival horror video game developed and published by Chucklefish. The game was released into Early Access on December 4th, 2013, and is currently available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

One of the features of Starbound is that it randomly generates heavy metal songs for you to listen to while you’re exploring space. However, some players have reported that their game will suddenly start playing heavy metal music for no reason. This can be quite immersion-breaking, and it’s definitely not what you want to hear when you’re trying to survive in a hostile environment!

So why does this happen? Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear answer. It could be a bug with the music system, or it could be that something in the game’s files has become corrupted. Either way, there are a few potential solutions that you can try in order to fix the problem.

What is Starbound?

Starbound is a procedurally generated 2D sidescrolling sandbox game developed by Chucklefish Games. It was released in July 2016 for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux. The game features space exploration, combat, construction, and resource gathering. Upon release, the game received generally positive reviews from critics.

What is Heavy Metal Music?

Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. With roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre’s lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

In 1970, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi made a signature distortion by connecting an guitar amplifier to a speaker cabinet filled with several loud Marshall speakers. Over time, heavy metal venues spawned around the world, giving birth to subgenres such as doom metal (comprising slow tempos, dark atmospheres), thrash metal (characterized by fast-paced songs and high-pitched screaming), black metal (characterized by Satanism and extreme misanthropy), power metal (characterized by soaring vocal melodies) speed metal (ultra-fast songs often with descenting chromatic scales), death metal ( characterized by growled or guttural vocals , double-kick drumming , heavily distorted guitars , atonal riffs ) , groove metal characterized by its emphasis on rhythm ) , stoner metal or sludge metal which is a slow but extremely heavy style of playing ).

Different regional scenes developed their own distinctive styles. British bands such as Judas Priest , Iron Maiden and Diamond Head inspired a new wave of American bands such as Metallica , Megadeth , Anthrax , Slayer and Exodus . In Europe two separate trends were developing. One was spearheaded by German bands like Scorpions , Accept and Rainbow ; the other arose from English bands such as UFO , Motörhead and Def Leppard .

How are the two connected?

It’s been a while since I’ve played Starbound, but I remember there being an option to play music from other video games while you’re playing. I don’t remember if there was an option to play music from other genres, but I’m pretty sure you could play music from other video games. If that’s the case, then it’s probably just a coincidence that your Starbound is playing heavy metal music.


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