Choicest VGM - VGM #394 - Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds - Horsell Common and the Heat Ray

Screenshot from Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds video game

Music composed by Jeff Wayne
Arranged and Programmed by Max Mondo
Engineered by Pete Smith
Sound Engineer Paul Chivers
Music and Audio Production by Jeff Wayne Music Group Ltd.

Unlike "The Red Weed", this strategic map layer music for the Martians sounds a lot more menacing at the start and has got an addictive beat. In the original musical this track plays while the Martians are building their fighting machines and then cleansing Horsell Common with their Heat Ray.

I woke to alien sounds of hammering from the pit, and hurried to the railway station to buy the paper. Around me, the daily routine of life – working, eating, sleeping – was continuing serenely as it had for countless years. On Horsell Common, the Martians continued hammering and stirring, sleepless, indefatigable, at work upon the machines they were making. Now and again, a light, like the beam of a warship's searchlight, swept the Common – and the Heat Ray was ready to follow.

Despite a sense of dread and menace, this is a really danceable track (the Martians get all the cool music)! Also gotta love the funky disco section at 2:10 - those Martians definitely know how to party!