Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Tyler Bates, Chelsea Wolfe, and more talk comics and heavy music.
One of the fastest ways to up the intensity of an artistic venture is to bring in Tyler Bates, who has lent his muscular compositional instincts to everything from Guardians of the Galaxy to John Wick. He also knows everyone. Few people in the industry can boast collaborations with Rob Zombie and Zack Snyder. So, when DC decided to create a soundtrack album to pair with Dark Nights: Death Metal, Bates was the ideal curator. It was an opportunity to recruit some of his favorite artists across the grand spectrum of heaviness, but perhaps more importantly, a chance to offer some invigorating work to musicians sidelined by the pandemic. At a moment where there were no festivals, no tours, and a whole lot of postponed albums, at the very least, you could count on a phone call from Tyler Bates to do something fun.
Los Angeles rock band Starcrawler have released a surreal video directed by Gilbert Trejo for their new single "Goodtime Girl".
It takes place in an urban hellscape reminiscent of The Purge and The Warriors where masked gangs battle in the streets. In the end, Danny Trejo and David Hasselhoff are revealed as two of the masked fighters.
The song, produced by Tyler Bates, appears on the soundtrack to Dark Nights: Death Metal, an epic DC Comics miniseries.
Mosh-Pits and Multiverses: How Comic Books and Rock Music Became the Ultimate Partners in Crime.
Comic book behemoth DC’s latest Dark Nights: Death Metal project isn’t just the ultimate meeting of Batman and breakdowns. As collaborators Tyler Bates, Andy Biersack, Greg Capullo, Maria Brink and Chelsea Wolfe discuss it’s the intertwining of two worlds in which anything is possible ...
Tyler Bates never planned to become Hollywood’s go-to guy for comic book movies. When he was young, the man responsible for scoring some of the biggest adaptations of the last decade or so — Watchmen, 300, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Deadpool 2 among them – was only really into the comics put out by KISS.
It seems surprising when considering that Tyler’s CV is a nerd’s paradise — even movies he’s worked on not based on comic books, such as John Wick and Dawn Of The Dead, certainly have a foot in that world. When greeting Kerrang! for this interview, he is wearing a Punisher T‑shirt, a souvenir from the Netflix series which he scored. However, rather than a grand plan on his part, a lot of these accomplishments have been the result of people simply really, really enjoying working with Tyler Bates.
Having started out scoring independent movies while in ’90s band Pet, before their implosion, movie work gradually became his main focus. Things only got bigger and bigger. Early collaborations with filmmakers who went on to be colossal – Zack Snyder, James Gunn, David Leitch, Chad Stahelski – led to long-running collaborative relationships.
Much like the 'Dark Nights: Death Metal' comic series isn’t the typical superhero storyline, its musical counterpart isn’t the typical superhero soundtrack. Under the executive producer stewardship of acclaimed composer Tyler Bates, 'Dark Nights: Death Metal' is a first-of-its kind companion piece of original music, which adds further dimension to the series through a multimedia experience that includes custom limited edition comics, videos, and more.
Artists such as Mastodon, Denzel Curry, Manchester Orchestra, Chelsea Wolfe, IDLES, and Soccer Mommy took a hands-on approach in its creation, contributing songs inspired by the text that depicts a hellish Earth twisted beyond recognition, wherein the Justice League is at the mercy of the Dark Multiverse and a diabolical Batman Who Laughs. Bates unites an array of artists across various genres to form his own musical super crew, creating a cohesive and towering collection that ultimately sounds like the Death Metal multiverse colliding into its sonic mirror image.
“This soundtrack and motion-comic series was made by fans of comics, for fans of comics and music,” enthuses Bates, who is beloved for his previous soundtrack work on several of the most influential superhero/graphic novel films of modern times. “ ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal’ is next-level storytelling by two incredibly talented artists in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. The visual aspect of this comic is entirely compelling, and resonates throughout each song on the soundtrack."
Bates first drafted some of the 'Dark Nights: Death Metal' contributors, many of whom were already fans of the DC universe in their own right, to lend their voice talents to characters to the animated showcase for the comic — 'Sonic Metalverse:'' Chelsea Wolfe as Wonder Woman, Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) as Batman, Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) as Lex Luthor, and Denzel Curry as Darkseid Batman. Built on that enthusiasm, new music flowed organically from there, with Bates encouraging the artists to write based on how 'Dark Nights: Death Metal' resonated with them personally. Some were driven to include character or plot elements extracted directly from the comics, while others drew inspiration from the artwork or the dialogue that was more abstract than literal. “I love that the songs are directly inspired by the material in one way or another,” Bates says.
Mastodon’s album-opening buzzsaw “Forged by Neron” sets the tone by name-checking a demon lord of Hell who appears throughout the series, while Chelsea Wolfe’s eerie “Diana” gives voice to the human being who became transformed into Wonder Woman. “She is the Wonder Woman who has seen the darkest of humanity yet she holds out hope for the greater good,” Bates says of Wolfe’s interpretation of the character, which has led the pair to start work together on two upcoming soundtrack projects. Rise Against’s 'Broken Dreams (Dark Nights: Death Metal)' digs into the all-too-apropos notion of how villains are born, while Starcrawler’s 'Good Time Girl' captures the explosive energy of classic rock’n’roll. HEALTH was so directly inspired by the third installment of 'Dark Nights: Death Metal' that they wrote the song “Anti-Life” about a mathematical formula fabled to allow those who understand it to dominate all other sentient beings.
Hull, Curry, and Biersack are among the artists that brought deep DC Comics knowledge to the table for their contributions, with Bates joking that Curry probably knew more about the 'Dark Nights' storyline than he did when he arrived at the studio. Biersack’s mid-album standout with Maria Brink of In This Moment, “Meet Me In The Fire,” is “an epic track that we really enjoyed writing and recording together,” says Bates.
As the songs took shape, Bates revealed in facilitating collaborations with often unexpected results. When HEALTH’s members professed a long-standing love of Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, Bates reached out to him, and, with mutual enthusiasm, Moreno completed a guest vocal for “Anti-Life” within days. “Everyone freaked out when they heard Chino's track,” Bates says. “It was cool to be able to link HEALTH up with Chino, who is one of their favorite singers of all-time.”
Similarly, when British electronic trio GUNSHIP kept referencing a particular vintage Slayer drumbeat in conversation with Bates about their song “Berserker,” the producer simply called up the legendary former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, and asked if he’d be down to play on the song Bates wrote with GUNSHIP. “Dave hadn’t seen a soul besides his wife during COVID, at the time Robert and I masked up and rolled up to his house to get him set up to record drums on the track.” Bates says.
The soundtrack also includes contributions from other beloved artists such as Soccer Mommy and Show Me The Body, a blistering track from Dutch black metal legends Carach Angren, and a rare recording by late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s pre-fame band Grey Daze in the form of a cover of Dramarama’s 1985 chestnut “Anything, Anything.”
“One very cool thing about comics is that even during a pandemic, the flow of production and the excitement for the material from the fans is entirely unchanged,” Bates says. “This particular medium allowed for each artist to create music in the context of the DC Comics realm at a time where movie theaters were largely closed, artists were not able to tour, and many record releases were hamstrung or postponed altogether. This soundtrack was crafted by artists who love the DC Comics lore, storytelling, and characters. We are all fans!”
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse — EPISODE 7 'A Slap In The Face' — is now available.
From DC and Loma Vista Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse — based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo with an original score by Tyler Bates.
Featuring Greg Capullo as Sgt Rock, Chelsea Wolfe as Wonder Woman, Charles Fleischer as The Batman Who Laughs and The Joker, Fred Coury as The Flash, Robyn Buck as Ocean Mother, Ben Chisholm as ROT Thing, Nicole Ciravolo as Abby Arcane and Donna Troy, Tyler Bates as Swamp Thing, Scott Snyder as Robin King, Andy Biersack as Batman, Joe Principe as Nightwing, Greg Puciato as Last Son, David Hasselhoff as Superman, Alex Gingell as Bizarro, Dan Haigh as Brainiac, Sami Harlow as Banshee, Jerry Cantrell as Captain Cold, Julia Aks as Golden Glider, Amy Motta as Hippolyta, Joanne Higginbottom as Batgirl, Harlan Steed as Bane, Henri Cash as Damian Wayne, Mark Bowen as Conner Kent, Alex Westaway as Alfred Pennyworth, Andy Hull as Lex Luthor, and Maria Brink as HAND.
The unrestrained awesomeness of Dark Nights: Death Metal has manifested itself out of the page and into a short-form motion comic series that gives new life to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Metalverse epic.
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse features the voices of Greg Capullo, Arrow De Wilde + Henri Cash + Tim Franco from Starcrawler, Cristin Davis + Mace Beyers + Sean Dowdell from Grey Daze, Andy Biersack from Black Veil Brides, Chelsea Wolfe, Jason R. Moore, David Hasselhoff, Amy Motta, Fred Coury, Sami Harlow, Joseph Mick Gaughan, Nicole Ciravolo, and Dave Lombardo.
We had such a blast working with Tyler Bates on this project! He was awesome. I have been a DC comic fan since I was a kid and it was a dream to voice Green Lantern and work with guys like Andy Biersack and David Hasselhoff on this newest episode. — Sean Dowdell of Grey Daze
Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look at Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Chelsea Wolfe, Jason R. Moore, Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and David Hasselhoff recording the voiceovers for their roles in the Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse.
I’ve invited artists from the soundtrack and pop-culture personalities alike to voice the characters illustrated in Scott and Greg’s masterful take on classic DC characters, which possibly has never been more relevant to real-life given the challenging time the world is currently experiencing. We are all enjoying the camaraderie of working to bring a new dimension of these DC characters to life in a new medium. — Tyler Bates
DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse Episode 5 — "The Man of No Tomorrow" — is OUT NOW.
Original soundtrack coming 2021 on Loma Vista Recordings.
"The Man of No Tomorrow" features Jason R. Moore as The Darkest Knight, Chelsea Wolfe as Wonder Woman, Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) as Lex Luthor, Arrow de Wilde (Starcrawler) as Perpetua, David Hasselhoff as Superman, Fred Coury as The Flash, Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) as Batman, Michael Ciravolo as Killer Croc, Julia Aks as Giganta, Greg Capullo as Sgt. Rock, Gil Sharone as Guy Gardner, Nicole Ciravolo as Donna Troy, with drums by Dave Lombardo.
It was a dream come true to be placed in this fantastical world I have admired since I was a little boy and to provide the voice of one of the great villains of all time. Not to mention he turns out to be a bit of a hero in this story. Still pinching myself. — Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra
Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look at Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Henri Cash (Starcrawler), John Famiglietti (HEALTH), Sami Harlow, and David Hasselhoff recording the voiceovers for their roles in the new Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse.
Our 4th Episode for DC's Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse is OUT NOW.
"Shot In The Dark" features Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Chelsea Wolfe, Dave Lombardo, David Hasselhoff, Greg Capullo, Henri Cash (Starcrawler), Jacob Duzsik and John Famiglietti (HEALTH), Sami Harlow and Scott Snyder.
In a new episode of Disney Music's For Scores Podcast, Bates talks to host Jon Burlingame about his decades-long career creating music for Hollywood blockbusters, which includes both Guardians of the Galaxy films.
Check out Bates interview with Burlingame and find his sweeping score in both Guardians of the Galaxy movies currently streaming on Disney+ !
From DC and Loma Vista Recordings comes Dark Nights: Death Metal: Sonic Metalverse based on the best-selling comic series by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo with an original score by Tyler Bates.
"Anti-Life" features artists like; Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Chelsea Wolfe, Denzel Curry, David Hasselhoff, Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and Fred Coury.
Ultimately I was excited about doing voice-over work, it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and for my first official one to be for a Batman project is crazy. I tried my best, hopefully people enjoy. — Denzel Curry (Darkseid Batman)
Michael Ciravolo’s Beauty in Chaos presents ‘Temple of Desire (Box Cutter Mix)’, featuring Rafe Pearlman on vocals, created by Tyler Bates.
This is the second single from the new Beauty in Chaos remix-based release ‘Out Of Chaos Comes ...’, released this Halloween on vinyl, CD, and digitally via 33.3 Music Collective.
"Music is very personal to me, so it's rare that I remix or re-imagine another artist's music. But after decades of sharing our musical experiences through friendship, I was thrilled when Michael Ciravolo urged me to create a new expression of 'Temple of Desire,' that is truly my own. The original song is already amazing, so the bar was a high mark to reach. Rafe Pearlman's evocative lyrics and soulful vocal performance inspired me to explore a new dimension for this track. I love both versions! ..." — Tyler Bates
Tyler Bates presents The Dark Nights: SONIC METALVERSE with new episodes every other Thursday.
Check out the Dark Nights : Death Metal music video trailer as well as Episode One "Paradise Island" at — DCDeathMetal.world — sign-up now for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks, special access to content and more.
Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, winner of 3 Emmy awards, returns on October 4 at 11:30 pm ET/PT on Adult Swim with an all original soundtrack by Tyler Bates and Joanne Higginbottom.
Watch the first five episodes on HBO Max and listen to the Original Soundtrack Album on all platforms.
Read below what 'The Decider' wrote regarding the show’s music:
“Tyler Bates and Joanne Higginbottom’s haunting score effortlessly supports the emotional weight of the show. Filled with drums and ominous swelling strings, Primal’s music walks hand-in-hand with its action. Those musical ebbs and flows are what communicate the alternating pain, outrage, fear, and fleeting moments of happiness experienced by our prehistoric protagonist. They’re the only way we know what he’s thinking, and yet they’re shockingly effective. Through its music Primal always tells us the grand emotional swatches of what we should be feeling. Yet much like the series’ animation, its lack of dialogue leaves every moment open to more nuanced interpretation.”
DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings have unveiled the first episode of their accompanying soundtrack for Death Metal directed by Tyler Bates.
Coming from the mind of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, not only has an entire new Dark Multiverse been created, but the very Earth itself has changed, becoming a nightmarish hell-scape of realms with reshaped continents forming a giant Bat.
Bates has reached out and brought in a variety of pop culture figures and musicians like Charles Fleischer to voice the evil Batman, best known for his voice work as Roger Rabbit, and got popular musicians like Andy Biersack and Chelsea Wolfe to serve as the voices behind Batman and Wonder Woman, accompanied by an original score by Bates.
The ability to hear the 'Batman Who Laughs' actually laugh along with the voices of 'Wonder Woman' and the true 'Dark Knight' himself is nothing short of epic, fantastically capturing the metal and hardcore essence that Snyder and Capullo have been going for all along.
In the individual achievement for animation, three of the five winners were artists who contributed to the first season of Adult Swim’s dialogue-less limited series Primal.
Among the winners was Primal creator Genndy Tartakovsky, who picked up his fourth Emmy win for his storyboarding efforts on the series. The other Primal honorees were art director Scott Wills (his third Emmy) and character designer Stephen DeStefano (his first win).
A crew of Army medics stationed in Afghanistan on a base nicknamed "The Orphanage" relies on their bonds, various vices, and determination to help them navigate a dangerous, and occasionally absurd, world.
Based on the series of graphic novels by the same name, 'Stumptown' follows Dex Parios, a strong, assertive and sharp-witted Army veteran who has a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great private investigator, but her brash, unapologetic style puts her in a league of her own, landing her in the firing line of hardcore criminals while not quite in alliance with the rules and objectives of the local police.
From Blumhouse Television and UCP, the second season of the anthology series opens on Purge night but dives deeper into what the Purge world looks like the other 364 days of the year.
Based on the hit movie franchise, 'The Purge' revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Season 2 explores how a single Purge night affects the lives of four interconnected characters over the course of the ensuing year, all inevitably leading up to the next Purge.
Primal has been receiving glowing reviews since it's release on October 7th. The show, which features no dialogue, relies strongly on it's score to portray emotion & adrenalyn.
Review form The Decider :
"That balancing act is heightened through Tyler Bates and Joanne Higginbottom’s haunting score, which effortlessly supports the emotional weight of the show. Filled with drums and ominous swelling strings, Primal’s music walks hand-in-hand with its action. It’s not uncommon for the grunts and bashes from a deadly bludgeoning to seamlessly transition into a new piece of music. But those musical ebbs and flows are what communicate the alternating pain, outrage, fear, and fleeting moments of happiness experienced by our prehistoric protagonist. They’re the only way we know what he’s thinking, and yet they’re shockingly effective. Through its music Primal always tells us the grand emotional swatches of what we should be feeling. Yet much like the series’ animation, its lack of dialogue leaves every moment open to more nuanced interpretation."
Shudder Presents "Creepshow" — paying homage to the 1982 movie of the same name, "Creepshow" is an anthology horror series featuring vignettes that explore terror, murder, the supernatural and the unexplainable. Produced by Greg Nicotero with music by Tyler Bates and co-composer Timothy Williams, "Creepshow" is streaming now on Shudder.
Ever since Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw first faced off, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they've tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent, who just happens to be Shaw's sister — these two enemies must partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves. Directed by David Leitch, starring Dwane Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba, and Eiza Gonzalez, and scored by Tyler Bates.
Out now — "Bullet Holes" by Bush. This single, co-written by Gavin Rossdale and Tyler Bates, is also featured in the end titles of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. The music video, directed by Jesse Davey, features clips of lead Keanu Reeves as Wick blended with scenes of Rossdale rocking out, climbing speaker stacks, and demolishing drum sets. Watch the music video here and hear the song in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum.
Coming to the Luxor Las Vegas on October 24th — "R.U.N." — Cirque du Soleil's new thrilling spectacle. The first ever live-action thriller, R.U.N. features Hollywood-style stunts, special effects, and a heart-pounding storyline.
A mysterious man bursts out of a wedding chapel with a gang hot on his heels. We follow the action through a series of fast-paced chases, combat and stunts through the underground of Las Vegas. Written by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, directed by Michael Schwandt, and with music by Tyler Bates — this show is bound to thrill!
John Wick has a price on his head, and every assassin in New York City is going to try to take him down. After killing a member of the international assassins guild, Wick must fight his way out of the city in this epic battle for redemption, set once again to the music of Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard. In theaters — May 17th.
'JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM' (score by Tyler Bates & Joel J. Richard ) to be released on May 17th (digitally) and May 31st (physically) by Varèse Sarabande. Pre-order the soundtrack on Amazon .
See the apocalypse like you've never seen it before in 'Far Cry: New Dawn'. Picking up from the ending of 'Far Cry 5', 'Far Cry: New Dawn' is a stand-alone sequel that explores a post-apocalyptic world filled with danger & beauty. Build your own weapons/vehicles as you fight to defend yourself and your allies against marauding bandits & highwaymen. Raid for supplies/resources, tackle challenges/puzzles, tame this new wild frontier, and listen to the immersive soundtrack — co-composed by Tyler Bates & John Swihart — all in 'Far Cry: New Dawn'.
Marvel's grim and gritty vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) returns to Netflix on January 18th. A military veteran who takes on a new role as a renegade crimefighter under the name “The Punisher.” As the events of last season’s finale hinted, Castle’s season-long foe Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) might be well on his way to becoming the famed Jigsaw villain from the comics that he’s inevitably been heading toward.
In this gritty docu-series, actor and lifelong fight enthusiast Frank Grillo travels the globe to explore various methods of fighting and the cultures in which these traditions have evolved and endured. Follow Frank as he is given unprecedented access into these distinct worlds of combat and their practitioners, from Krav Maga fighters in Israel to Muay Thai boxers in Thailand.
Tyler Bates is scoring the new USA original series 'The Purge'. The show is created by James DeMonaco based on his hit movie franchise. The drama revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime — including murder — is legal and a group of seemingly unrelated characters cross paths in a city in an altered America. While the clock winds down, some will fight, some will hide, others will embrace what it means to Purge to its fullest extent — whether for revenge, personal gain, protection, or unadulterated glee. As each character is forced to reckon with his or her past and plot how to better their futures, they soon discover how far they will go on Purge Night.
Watch 'The Purge' on the USA Network or stream it on Amazon Prime.
Howard surprised Robin with star mystery guest David Hasselhoff who left his honeymoon early just to sing to her on her birthday. David sang — with Tyler Bates on guitar — their cover of 'Heroes' by David Bowie which had been released earlier this year in promotion of his European tour.
Tyler & David met when working on Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2. “James Gunn asked me to do a disco version of the main theme,” Tyler told Howard. He gave the director what he wanted, teaming up with Hasselhoff for a ‘70s–sounding track complete with a retro music video starring The Hoff himself.
The Susanna Fogel-directed action comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me, from an original screenplay courtesy of Fogel and David Iserson, is exactly what it promises. It’s a star-driven high-concept comedy that doesn’t neglect either part of the equation.
Audrey (Mila Kunis) and Morgan (Kate McKinnon), two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey’s ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from the CIA and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as they hatch a plan to save the world.
Tyler Bates recently recorded the score for this action-comedy at Abbey Road Studios in London. The film hits theatres August 3rd, get your tickets here: www.thespywhodumpedme.movie
The Dark Nights: Metal soundtrack is turning out to be one interesting project, with yet another hard rock hero having his contribution revealed. Alice in Chains guitarist and co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell heads up the song 'Setting Sun'.
Cantrell's contribution to the project is the sixth offering so far. Mastodon's Brann Dailor kicked things off with his song 'Red Death'. That was followed by Deftones' frontman Chino Moreno leading the track 'Brief Exchange'. Sleigh Bells vocalist Alexis Krauss then fronted the song 'War Cry', while the most recent offerings have been 'Fact Check' led by The Fever 333's Jason Aalon Butler and 'The Calling' featuring In This Moment's Maria Brink and Chris Howorth. Each of the songs have been aided along by acclaimed producer Mike Elizondo and composer Tyler Bates.
All of the songs are tied to the Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition, which is based around a six-part graphic novel created by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo as part of the DC Universe. Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition is currently available at comic book retailers and digital outlets
You can add The Fever 333's Jason Aalon Butler to the increasingly interesting Dark Nights: Metal deluxe edition soundtrack. It was revealed last year that DC would pair up music with their Dark Nights: Metal graphic novel and in recent months we've seen Mastodon's Brann Dailor and Deftones' Chino Moreno's contributions come to light. Now Butler follows with a new song called 'Fact Check.'
Tyler Bates, who is overseeing the music for the project along with producer Mike Elizondo, says, "We are beyond excited to have Jason be a part of this project. We knew his high energy and punk rock aesthetic would be a perfect fit for the Dark Nights: Metal music we wanted to make. Jason took it over the top!”
Butler also spoke about the unique collaboration declaring, “There is a reason why Tyler is where he is in his career and his artistry. He was one of the most enthusiastic, risk-taking, boundary pushers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He reminded me that you don’t win by playing by the rules, you win by making your own. I got all the time in the world for Tyler Bates. He's a real one."
Deftones' Chino Moreno and Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss have released new solo singles, 'Brief Exchange' and 'War Cry' respectively, which were inspired by DC Entertainment’s new graphic novel, Dark Nights: Metal.
'Brief Exchange' warps Moreno’s signature scream in waves of ghostly reverb, metal riffs, and pummeling percussion whilst 'War Cry' seems perfectly suited for a climactic comic book battle as Krauss wails, “We will turn the dark to light / With the sound of our cry / With the light / We will fight.”
Dillinger Escape Plan’s Gil Sharone features on drums, while Mike Elizondo takes on bass and Tyler Bates plays guitar. Bates, who also produced alongside Elizondo, is familiar with writing for comic-inspired characters thanks to his compositional contributions in Deadpool 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Volumes 1 & 2.
Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning icon Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Twenty-One Pilots, The Regrettes) and film composer & guitarist Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2, Deadpool), “Red Death” spotlights Mastodon's Brann Dailor’s instantly recognizable vocals and intriguing delivery as he paints a musical portrait of one of the nightmare Batmen from the Dark Multiverse of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, a twisted, malevolent amalgamation of DC heroes Batman and The Flash.
“Red Death” features Bates on guitar with Elizondo on bass and Gil Sharone from Dillinger Escape Plan, Puscifer behind the drum kit. Its dark lyrics remain befitting of the graphic novel’s themes. “Red Death” showcases yet another facet of one of rock music’s most prolific forces.
'Deadpool 2' follows the titular hero and his team of mutants known collectively as X-Force as they protect a young boy from the villainous Cable (Josh Brolin). David Leitch directed from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Reynolds. Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller. Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, Stefan Kapicic, and Rob Delaney round out the cast.
Ryan Reynold's 'Deadpool 2' is tracking for a huge $150 million opening in North America over the May 18-20 weekend. Pre-order your tickets now: www.deadpool.com