My brief single sentence describing the music in the April Fools version of this post wasn’t entirely off the mark. Mortal Kombat’s music is extremely downplayed to the point that you may not even notice there’s music at all. Where other fighting games have their music bombastic or energizing, Mortal Kombat goes for ambience. In fact, in Mortal Kombat 9, there’s an ambience meter in the sound options menu.
It’s more akin to tribal drumming than the fanfare of other games. There’s a lot of fast, looping drum beats, techno synth and long notes without any particular melodies.