The Burning Lava Fish is a frantic, energetic, and aggressive song. It makes much use out of heavy metallic percussion, orchestral hits, and menacing low brass melody to add to the tension. One section of the song is more suspenseful, featuring an unusual sound that may be a distorted male choir. Like many battle themes in Other M, its musical style is evocative of James Horner's score for Aliens.
An abridged version of The Burning Lava Fish is heard as the battle theme of the Groganches in Sector 1 / Biosphere and Sector 2 / Cryosphere. This version is also heard as the Vorash (the titular "burning lava fish") is pursuing Samus Aran while she runs through Sector 3 / Pyrosphere. The theme is only heard in its entirety during the boss fight against Vorash in the Blast Furnace Observation.
The first few seconds of the full theme is heard when Samus is escaping Sector Zero, just as it begins to break up and fall into the vacuum of space. When she activates her Gravity Feature, the music switches to Nemesis Ridley.