DC Comics and Loma Vista Announce Dark: Knights: Death Metal Soundtrack

DC Comics and Loma Vista Recordings today announced the Dark Nights: Death MetalSoundtrack. Executive produced by Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Watchmen,” “John Wick”), the soundtrack will be released digitally on 18th June 2021, and physically on 16th July 2021. Just as the lauded DC “Dark Nights: Death Metal” series isn’t the typical superhero storyline, this musical counterpart isn’t the typical superhero soundtrack. Acclaimed composer Bates here unites an array of artists across various genres—including Mastodon, Denzel Curry, Manchester Orchestra, Chelsea Wolfe, IDLES, and Soccer Mommy (full tracklist below)—forming his own musical super crew to create a first-of-its kind companion piece of original music, which add further dimension to the acclaimed series through a multimedia experience including custom limited edition comics, videos, and more. Mastodon’s album-opening buzzsaw “Forged By Neron” is out today and the lead single sets the tone by name-checking a demon lord of Hell who appears throughout the series. “We are super excited and honored to be part of the Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack! We’ve all been fans of DC Comics and the Batman universe since we were kids, so it really means a lot for us to be able to add something to that world,” says Brann Dailor of Mastodon.

All artists involved took a hands-on approach with Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack, contributing songs—and in the case of a few, collaborating together for the first time—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. The soundtrack is available to pre-order now on digital download, CD, and 2xLP—with exclusive Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman vinyl variant covers, 11 limited edition character trading cards, and more: HERE

Additionally, DC and Loma Vista Recordings today announced Special Edition Soundtrack Variants of “Dark Nights: Death Metal” issues 1-3, featuring Rise Against, Denzel Curry, and Grey Daze (Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band) on custom comic covers, and released alongside each artists’ respective flexi singles (preview the custom comics covers out on June 18th below; pre-order the Variants individually at the links above). 

“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 Soundtrack 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. Read more about the soundtrack at the official bio HERE.

“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!”

Check out the track listing below.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack Tracklist:

1. Mastodon – “Forged by Neron”

2. Chelsea Wolfe – “Diana”

3. HEALTH, Tyler Bates – “ANTI-LIFE (feat. Chino Moreno)”

4. Maria Brink, Tyler Bates – “Meet Me In Fire (feat. Andy Biersack)”

5. Grey Daze – “Anything, Anything”

6. Rise Against – “Broken Dreams, Inc.”

7. Manchester Orchestra – “Never Ending”

8. Denzel Curry, PlayThatBoiZay – “Bad Luck”

9. Carach Angren – “Skull With a Forked Tongue”

10. Starcrawler – “Good Time Girl”

11. GUNSHIP, Tyler Bates – “Berserker (feat. Dave Lombardo)”

12. Greg Puciato, Tyler Bates, Gil Sharone – “Now You’ve Really Done It”

13. Show Me The Body – “Stone Cold Earth”

14. IDLES – “Sodium”

15. Soccer Mommy – “Kissing in the Rain”

Manchester Orchestra Release New Single & Video ‘Keel Timing’ From Their New Album, ‘The Million Masks Of God’, Out 30th April Via Loma Vista Recodings

Taut and dynamic, “Keel Timing” is the second single from MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA’s new album The Million Masks of God. Out today and underscored by a bedrock mix of organic and electronic beats, the song simmers to a roaring, high-octane conclusion before seamlessly shifting into the sweeping first single, “Bed Head,” on the album’s sequence. “‘Keel Timing’ serves as a prequel to ‘Bed Head,” explains singer Andy Hull, who also further detailed the song’s ‘Origins’ this morning to Consequence of Sound“It’s an isolated internal investigation about personal growth. Trying to decide what growth is positive and what growth is negative. And where do we land after that investigation.” 

“Keel Timing” follows lead single “Bed Head,” which, with only one week since impacting at US radio, currently sits in the Top 20 of both the BDS and Mediabase Triple A charts (#1 and #4 most-increased this week, respectively) and at #4 on SiriusXM Alt Nation’s ‘Alt 18 Countdown.’ The Million Masks of God will be released on April 30th via Loma Vista Recordings and can now be pre-ordered—including in a new, limited-to-1,000-copies, band-autographed vinyl edition, available in either pink or light blue variants, and exclusive to the band’s hometown Atlanta, GA, indie record store stalwart Criminal Records. “Our band wouldn’t be where it is without Criminal Records. When we were getting started in 2006, Criminal was the only place in the world that you could actually buy our album in a store or order it and receive it in the mail,” says Hull. “Every week we would drive up to Criminal and drop off another couple of boxes of CDs, and sure enough Eric would sell them and request more. They have continued to shower us with love and support and we are forever grateful. Independent retail as a whole has always been an incredibly supportive partner for our band and I encourage you all to please support these stores, which still make tangible media an experience that’s far more impactful and memorable than clicking a button on your phone.”

Produced by MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA’s lead songwriting duo of Hull and Robert McDowell, Catherine Marks (PJ Harvey, The Killers) and Ethan Gruska (Phoebe Bridgers), The Million Masks Of God presents an even grander scale of the epic and re-focused approach to record-making that the Atlanta, GA-based band has forged in recent years. Their sixth album finds Hull, McDowell, Tim Very (drums), and Andy Prince (bass) relentlessly pushing themselves to create a work that breaks beyond the scope and limits of every previous release in an effort to create their most towering achievement to date, all while sorting through the aftermath of a devastating loss. 

The Million Masks Of God can be seen, in a way, as the band’s sophomore album following a rebirth with Black Mile (which featured the band’s first #1 AAA and Top 15 Alternative radio hit “The Gold”), and Hull’s early concept for it was a natural extension of the main theme of its predecessor. “If Black Mile was this idea of ‘from birth to death,’ this album would really be more about ‘from birth to beyond, focusing on the highs and lows of life and exploring what could possibly come next,’” he explains. 

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA approached Masks with the intention of creating tightly-woven “movie albums” designed to be listened to in sequence and in a single sitting, with the songs working together to tell a bold, long-form narrative. The album explores the loose story of a man’s encounter with the angel of death as he’s shown various scenes from his life in a snapshot-style assemblage. Some moments he witnesses are good, some are bad, some difficult, some commendable—in other words, they depict an entirely normal life. Ultimately, The Million Masks of God is a compelling, heady, and profound look at the impact a person’s life has on others.

“There’s a decision we’re faced with when experiencing loss and the inevitable grief that follows. Do we let it sink us? Try to ignore it and pretend it’s not there? Or do we search and dig until we find signs of beauty in life and all of its experiences?” explains Hull. “In a way, the grief will always define you but being together and creating something meaningful from all of the hardships has been the most helpful tool I’ve found.”

Check out the Music Video for ‘Keel Timing’ below.

Manchester Orchestra Detail Sixth Record, ‘The Million Masks Of God’

Atlanta based Manchester Orchestra have announced the details of their sixth studio record, ‘The Million Masks Of God’.

It’s set to be released on April 30th 2021 via Loma Vista Records.

Check out the Cover Art, Tracklisting, the bands latest single ‘Bed Head’ as well as pre-order options below.

01.) Inaudible
02.) Angel Of Death
03.) Keel Timing
04.) Bed Head
05.) Annie
06.) Telepath
07.) Let It Storm
08.) Dinosaur
09.) Obstacle
10.) Way Back
11.) The Internet

Pre-orders for ‘The Million Masks Of God’ are available via the band’s Webstore and Bandcamp.

Marilyn Manson Responds To Abuse Allegations, Dropped By Label

Yesterday, the allegations of abuse against Marilyn Manson surfaced online, which include those by actress and ex-fiancée of Manson, Evan Rachel Wood.

In 2019, Wood gave testimony in front of a House Judiciary Subcommittee on behalf of The Phoenix Act that she allegedly suffered at the bands of an unifentified individual.

In the details of the testimony, Wood states that her relationship with the individual began was she was 18-years-old, and with this timeline it had been suspected though never confirmed that Wood was referring to Manson. The two reportedly began dating in 2007 and became engaged in January 2010 before separating later that year.

Wood posted a statement via her Instagram account, naming Manson as her abuser.

“The name of my abuser is Brian Warner, also known to the world as Marilyn Manson. He started grooming me when I was a teenager and horrifically abused me for years. I was brainwashed and manipulated into submission. I am done living in fear of retaliation, slander, or blackmail.

I am here to expose this dangerous man and call out the many industries that have enabled him, before he ruins any more lives. I stand with the many victims who will no longer be silent.”

More abuse allegations against Manson also came to light shortly after Wood posted her statement including Sarah McNeilly, Ashley Morgan and Gabriella.

Not long after the allegations surfaced, label Loma Vista Recordings confirmed that they had dropped Manson from the labels and will now cease to promote his current record, ‘We Are Chaos’.

“In light of today’s disturbing allegations by Evan Rachel Wood and other women naming Marilyn Manson as their abuser, Loma Vista will cease to further promote his current album effective immediately. Due to these concerning developments, we have also decided not to work with Marilyn Manson on any future projects.”

Manson had now since posted a statement of his own addressing the allegations leveled against him, describing them as “horrible distortions of reality”.

“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality. My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how – and why – others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

Earlier today which is February 2nd 2021, Wood posted an image to her Instagram account of a document from the California State Senator, Susan Rubio, which calls for the US Department of Justice to meet with the alleged victims to conduct an investigation.

For those who are facing or are survivors of sexual abuse, harassment and misconduct, links for help and support can be found below.

NHS: www.nhs.uk
Safeline: www.safeline.org.uk
SOSAA: www.sosaa.org.uk
A Voice For The Innocent: www.avoicefortheinnocent.org
RAINN: www.rainn.org
Mind: www.mind.org.uk
Survivors: www.survivorsuk.org
The Survivors Trust: www.thesurvivorstrust.org
Citizens Advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk