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Kevin Riepl is an American composer for video games, films and television series.[3] He is best known for his work on the Unreal series of games, Gears of War and Aliens: Colonial Marines.[4][5]

Kevin Riepl
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Riepl at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros in 2007
Background information
BornCliffwood Beach, New Jersey, United States
OriginNew Jersey, United States
GenresEpic music, Orchestral, industrial, electronic, ambient
Years active2000–present
Associated actsDamage Vault[1][2]


Riepl was born in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey. His interest in music started at the age of six, when he began to play piano and guitar under the instruction of his uncle.[6] In the fourth grade he began studies on the trumpet and piano and that continued throughout his high school years in which he was a member of a variety of bands and orchestras.[7] After high school, he began private independent studies in composition and orchestration at the Village East Conservatory of Music. Following the years at the conservatory and few scoring projects, he attended Mannes College of Music in New York City for further education in composition and orchestration.[8]

Riepl began his career working as an assistant and co-writing partner for Kevin Manthei in the early 2000s.[9] At the time, Cliff Bleszinski, former design director at Epic Games, who was then looking for a different musical sound for the Unreal franchise, played his demo reel.[9] This led him to work on Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004 and Unreal Championship 2.[10] In February 2005, Riepl became attached to Gears of War. Initially, he was asked to write the main themes for the game, but after submitting the pieces he had written, Epic liked what he created and signed him on to create the entire score.[11] In March 2007, Riepl recorded the score for the massively multiplayer first-person shooter computer game Huxley, developed by Webzen Games.[12][13]

In October 2010, Riepl suffered a sudden heart failure and was hospitalized. He had a pump installed in his heart until a donor heart could replace it, and underwent the heart transplant in July 2011. Shortly afterwards, a rare tumor was found on his adrenal gland, which was affecting his blood pressure. He has since made a good recovery.[14]

In addition to his work on the video game industry, Riepl has composed for films and television series, including his recent scores for horror films such as Silent Night, Contracted and Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.[15][16]


Kevin Riepl has composed music for the following media:[17]

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Developer Notes
2001 Twisted Metal: Black Incognito Entertainment Additional music (uncredited)
2002 New Legends Infinite Machine Additional music
2002 Dead to Rights Namco Additional music
2002 Unreal Tournament 2003 Epic Games N/A
2002 Nancy Drew: Secret of the Scarlet Hand Her Interactive Additional music
2002 Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake Her Interactive Additional music
2003 Nancy Drew: The Haunted Carousel Her Interactive Additional music
2004 Pitfall: The Lost Expedition Edge of Reality
Torus Games
Additional music
2004 Unreal Tournament 2004 Epic Games N/A
2004 Shrek 2: The Game KnowWonder N/A
2004 Nicktoons: Movin' Mass Media N/A
2005 Unreal Championship 2 Epic Games N/A
2005 Shrek SuperSlam 7 Studios N/A
2005 The Bible Game Mass Media Credited in-game with Original Music Composition[18]
2005 City of Villains Cryptic Studios N/A
2006 Gears of War Epic Games N/A
2007 Huxley Webzen Games Inc. N/A
2007 Unreal Tournament 3 Epic Games N/A
2007 Soul of the Ultimate Nation Webzen Games Inc. N/A
2008 Gears of War 2 Epic Games Additional music
2010 Crackdown 2 Ruffian Games N/A
2011 Hunted: The Demon's Forge inXile Entertainment N/A
2012 Resistance: Burning Skies Nihilistic Software N/A
2012 Borderlands 2: Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage Gearbox Software N/A
2013 Aliens: Colonial Marines Gearbox Software N/A
2013 Ascend: Hand of Kul Signal Studios N/A
2014 Vlad The Impaler[19] Section Studios N/A
2015 Toy Soldiers: War Chest Signal Studios N/A
2015 Nosgoth Psyonix N/A
2015 Rocket League Psyonix N/A
2016 Battleborn Gearbox Software N/A
TBA Unreal Tournament[20] Epic Games N/A
TBA Bedlam[21] Skyshine Games N/A


Year Title Director Notes
2004 Look Eric Blue N/A
2005 Sky High Mike Mitchell Credited as music programmer
2007 Lost Crossing Eric Blue N/A
2007 Rogue 379 Douglas Choi N/A
2008 Lost Boys: The Tribe P.J Pesce N/A
2009 Broken August Marc Pilvinsky N/A
2009 New Hope Manor Danny LeGare N/A
2010 Clemency Joseph Albanese N/A
2010 Broken Moment Eric Blue N/A
2010 Breathe Danny LeGare N/A
2011 Mama's Baby Drew Daywalt N/A
2011 Ruin Wes Ball N/A
2012 HENRi Eli Sasich N/A
2012 The Aggression Scale Steven C. Miller N/A
2012 Dead Shadows David Cholewa N/A
2012 The ABCs of Death Kaare Andrews N/A
2012 Silent Night Steven C. Miller N/A
2013 Contracted Eric England N/A
2014 Cabin Fever: Patient Zero Kaare Andrews N/A
2014 Resignation Joshua Caldwell N/A
2014 The Night Crew Christian Sesma N/A
2014 Criminal Denzel Whitaker N/A
2014 Beacon Point[22] Eric Blue N/A
2015 Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts Butch Lukic N/A
2015 Grandpa's Psycho Danny LeGare Credited as music supervisor
2015 Vigilante Diaries Christian Sesma N/A
2015 Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem Butch Lukic N/A
2016 Cabin Fever Travis Z N/A
2016 Get The Girl Eric England N/A
2016 Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants Curt Ceda N/A
2017 Higher Power Matthew Charles Santoro N/A
2019 Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Jake Castorena N/A


Year Title Notes
2001 Invader Zim Additional music
2003 Xiaolin Showdown Additional music
2004–2006 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers Co-composer
2005–2007 Johnny Test Main Title Composer / Add. Music
2006 Six Degrees Orchestration / Score Prep.
2016 Justice League Action N/A


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  2. ^ "Damage Vault - Facebook". Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  3. ^ Ciafardini, Marc (July 22, 2014). "Interview…Composer Kevin Riepl on Scoring 'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero'". goosetalk. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  4. ^ W. Bat, Joseph (August 18, 2007). "Gears of War - Kevin Repl". Movie Music UK. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Bosier, Jennifer (January 15, 2013). "The Sound of 'Aliens: Colonial Marines,' an Interview with Composer Kevin Riepl". Forbes. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Flak (October 4, 2012). "Maestros of Horror and Sci-Fi Music – Kevin Riepl at NYCC". Epic Games. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Hughes, Sam (May 11, 2016). "Interview With Battleborn And Batman Unlimited Composer Kevin Riepl!". The Sound Architect. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  8. ^ Cooke, Emmett (December 31, 2008). "Composer Interview – Kevin Riepl". Filmandgamecomposers. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Greening, Chris (August 14, 2010). "Kevin Riepl Interview: Raw Interactive Scoring". Game Music Online. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Dyar, Amanda (May 8, 2012). "Exclusive Interview: Composer Kevin Riepl Discusses Aliens Colonial Marines and Resistance: Burning Skies". Dread Central. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Spence, D. (November 29, 2006). "Gears of War Composer Interview". IGN. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  12. ^ Goldwasser, Dan (March 19, 2007). "Kevin Riepl Scores a Brave New World of Video Game Music in Huxley". Scoring Sessions. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  13. ^ Webzen Games (October 4, 2007). "Acclaimed Composer Kevin Riepl Scores Webzen's MMOFPS Huxley". Webzen Games. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  14. ^ "Heart transplant patient becomes unexpected ambassador for organ donation". News Medical. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  15. ^ Dyar, Amanda (July 2014). "Exclusive Interview: Kevin Riepl Discusses Cabin Fever: Patient Zero". BCC After Dark. Archived from the original on October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  16. ^ Jeremy (June 2014). "Interview with Composer... Kevin Riepl". Howlin' Wolf. Retrieved October 9, 2014.
  17. ^ "CREDITS". Kevin Riepl Official Website. 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  18. ^ "Kevin Riepl's Bible Game credit as shown on Vargskelethor". Twitch. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  19. ^ Riepl, Kevin (July 17, 2014). "To go along with Vlad being released on Steam, here is some of the music I wrote for the project". Facebook. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  20. ^ "Steve Polge confirms Kevin Riepl to be an UT composer". Unreal Tournament Forums. Epic Games. May 11, 2014. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
  21. ^ Greening, Chris (October 4, 2014). "Kevin Riepl creates a gritty 80s-inspired fusion score for Bedlam". Game Music Online. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  22. ^ Blue, Eric (May 6, 2014). "BEACON POINT Feature Film - Final Finishing Funds Needed". Kickstarter. Retrieved January 27, 2015.

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