Tomorrow sees the release of Dead Island Riptide, the followup to 2011′s Dead Island. Our glorious and illustrious Adam has already given his amazing and thought-provoking review, but I’m here to let you know that the soundtrack to the video game is also coming out on the morrow. Composed by Pawel Blaszczak, the soundtrack features 25 tracks of island zombie killing goodness. Pre-orders are available here and the digital download will be available for purchase on Amazon, iTunes, and other digital music sites. You can also listen to samples of the entire album here. Head on below for a trailer of the game. READ MORE
Dead Space 3 came out last week and has been met with generally favorable reviews, including our own from Brittany Vincent. And now, for fans of the sonic landscapes created by composers Jason Graves and James Hannigan, you can purchase the soundtrack today! Head on over to Amazon to snag a copy and enter cold harsh environment of Tau Volantis whenever you pop on your headphones. READ MORE
Franck Khalfoun’s forthcoming remake of Maniac was Mr. Disgusting’s favorite horror film of 2012. While, sadly, I haven’t seen it I was certainly digging on the snippets of the score (by “Rob”) that were released this morning. And just like that… the entire thing is now available! So if you were itching after the sample, you can head over to these iTunes or Amazon links and start jamming to it immediately.
In the film to be released soon by IFC Midnight, “Elijah Wood plays the role of a serial killer who works at a shop that sells antique mannequins. He finds victims on the Internet and stalks them like prey, all the while suffering from hallucinations that throw him back into the past, when he was abused by his own mother. In his twisted mind, he gains a measure of revenge against his mother with each kill.” You can watch the first 6 minutes here.
All right, so I might be a little late with this news, but it would seem my new favorite video game composer Jesper Kyd is working on the score for one of the more intriguing upcoming zombie games, Undead Labs’ State of Decay. Kyd’s music has been heard in the Hitman and Assassin’s Creed series, but arguably some of his best work can be found in Darksiders II, released earlier this month. I’ve had that game’s soundtrack on repeat for the last week, and it looks like I’ll be doing the same for State of Decay. While we’re on the subject, what’s your favorite video game soundtrack or composer?
Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie will – at the very least – have an awesome song on its soundtrack. Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s is contributing the tune “Strange Love” to the film and, while I haven’t heard it, I’ve never disliked anything she’s done so my hopes are high. It’s been three years since the double punch of the YYY’s “It’s Blitz” and O’s soundtrack to Where The Wild Things Are, so I’m hoping the experience of doing this song gets her jazzed for a new YYY’s record (word is that one is coming but I’m not sure if they’ve hit the studio yet). They’re one of my all time favorite bands and they always change so much with each record I can’t wait to see where they go next.
O told Rolling Stone, “Tim [Burton] wanted an unconventional unconditional love song. My music inspiration came out of the same era of B movie fright film references sprinkled throughout the film. I went in the direction of exotica and calypso stylistically because it’s quirky, good vibes music of that era and when you throw in a theramin solo it’s a marriage made in heaven. I remember Beetlejuice introducing me to the genius of Harry Belafonte’s calypso record so I wanted to give a nod to that too. We ended up with a love song for the end of the film to the film! Frankenweenie is so special, it’s an unbelievable honor to be involved with it.”
“Strange Love”, which plays over the end credits of the film, will be featured in the “Frankenweenie Unleashed” compilation hitting September 25th.
Written by Brittany Vincent
It’s easy to escape disturbing imagery. You just close your eyes. In an instant, the offending blight on your vision disappears. Traces may well remain in the shelter of your eyelids, but for the moment you’re in the clear. A haunting melody, however, lingers with you long after you scramble to turn down the volume. Like a bright, cheery pop song on the radio that worms its way into your psyche, so too do the unsettling notes wafting from your speakers. Dissonant chords that seep into your very being and hallucinatory auditory effects play important roles in horror, as you’re no doubt already aware. After all, aren’t the things you hear much scarier than the things you’re seeing in the dark?
It’s easier to explain away bizarre visuals, but much harder to explain away what you’ve heard. That’s why music is such a powerful tool when it comes to setting an appropriate mood, in horror and otherwise. Even when you think you’re safe from the chills that run down your spine after being forced to listen to some painfully atmospheric soundtrack cuts, a few key notes arise in the back of your mind to plague you once again. But some are definitely a little worse than others. Here are ten genuinely disturbing cuts from various games, horror and otherwise, that you might want to listen to with the lights on, or chase with some Carly Rae Jepsen. READ MORE
No doubt some of you are so stoked about Ridley Scott’s Prometheus that you’ll want to immerse yourself in the world a little early by owning the score. Some of it sounds a bit reminiscent of… well… you know….
“With ‘Prometheus,’ Scott creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”
In theaters June 8, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson all star.
mention3 (AKA Saltillo) will be releasing a vinyl edition of Monocyte: The Lapis Coil, the soundtrack accompaniment to the comic of the same name. The vinyl will feature three tracks from the CD release, two remixes, and a brand new track entitled Necromancy. The album can be pre-ordered here.
If you’re not fully aware of exactly what Lollipop Chainsaw is, then you obviously don’t visit this site as often as you should. It follows Juliet Starling, a badass cheerleader who kicks zombie ass when she isn’t swooning over her boyfriend Nick. If the over-the-top action and outlandish cast of characters didn’t quite give you a good enough idea of just how awesomely bizarre this game is going to be, it’s eclectic mix of music should.
The boss fights are being scored by Jimmy Urine, and Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka’s composing some original tunes for the game as well. On top of that, there’s a plethora of music licensed for the game, from groups like The Chordettes, Skrillex, and Five Finger Death Punch. Head past the jump for the full track list and a neat little behind the scenes video. READ MORE
Designer Suda 51 is known for his punk rock edge. You can see and hear it in all of his games, from No More Heroes to Shadows of the Damned. His next game, Lollipop Chainsaw will continue this tradition by bringing in the electrifying work of James Euringer, or Little Jimmy Urine. Euringer is the front-man, songwriter, and programmer for the band, Mindless Self Indulgence, as well as another band called The Left Rights. I can’t say I’ve heard of either, but I’m also admittedly a little musically illiterate.
Euringer’s work will be heard in the boss bights and he’ll even voice Zed, one of the bosses, who you can check out after the jump. Lollipop Chainsaw doesn’t yet have a release date, but it will be out this year for the PS3 and Xbox 360. In related news, stay tuned for a special Lollipop Chainsaw-related event that will happen very soon. READ MORE
Lionsgate is taking a page out of Summit’s playbook when it comes to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games.
Around the time of New Moon it became pretty apparent that they synergistic opportunities of a youth-driven film with a huge built in audience were too great for most musicians (and labels) to pass up. Kids who almost never buy CD’s or full album downloads will still shell out 12 bucks for something if it reminds them of their favorite franchise. Whether or not they’re breathlessly waiting for the film and are trying to eke out a fraction of that experience ahead of time, or simply because the CD has their favorite characters on the cover – units will be sold. Are you a parent that doesn’t know what to get your kid? Boom. You know they like Twilight right? Buy the soundtrack.
Well Lionsgate (along with Universal Records) is hoping that the Suzanne Collins fan base has as much disposable income as Stephanie Meyer’s. As if it wasn’t apparent already, everyone’s hoping The Hunger Games is the next sure fire youth franchise, despite having sold only a fraction of the aforementioned heavy hitter’s books.
Per Variety, “Taylor Swift, Win Butler, T Bone Burnett, the Civil Wars, the Decemberists and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire have contributed songs to the companion album for Lionsgate’s upcoming franchise tentpole “The Hunger Games.” Lionsgate and Universal Republic Records made the announcement Saturday. The album’s produced by Burnett and will be released next year in advance of the film’s opening.
Butler and Chassagne have written a song with Burnett entitled “Horn Of Plenty,” and the Decemberists have contributed an original song, “One Engine.””
Since Butler and Chassagne are the nucleus of Arcade Fire I’m curious to hear their collaboration with Burnett. Also – those guys have donated millions of dollars to Haiti for earthquake relief, so before you cry “sell-out” consider where their money often goes.
In theaters March 23 from director Gary Ross, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci. READ MORE
The Oct. 4th release date for the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack is fast approaching but The Dark Knight can’t stop that from giving you listeners more chances to hear some music. So, in that spirit, AlternativePress is now hosting Blaqk Audio‘s contribution, entitled Afterdark.
Check it out after the jump and let me know your thoughts!
Everyone who I know that has played Batman: Arkham Asylum absolutely loved it. Honestly, if you haven’t played it, get yourself an Xbox 360 or PS3 (your choice), get the game and don’t leave the room until you’ve beaten it. It’s because of how much I enjoyed the first game that I’m looking forward to Batman: Arkham City, which comes out Oct. 18th.
Funny, I just posted a story about David Lynch and the video for The Real Tuesday Weld‘s Tear Us Apart has some very Lynch-esque visuals. Directed by Alex de Campi (check out some of her other music videos here), the video is a creepy love story done with stop motion puppets. She states: ”I wanted to refer tangentially to the book [Ed. note: Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf], however, so I started off with the moon, and the idea of a love triangle — and of a wolf and a doe. Out of that, and out of what the noises in the song suggested to me, came the absurdist love story in the film.”
Now that Dead Island is less than a month away I’m about to burst. Seriously, I’m going to burst and cover these walls with little Adam giblets. So while I’m trying to contain myself you should definitely check out these songs, because they’re pretty easy on the ears, kind of like how easy I am on the eyes. And the bosom. And the [CENSORED]. The song below is the main theme song, and I’m definitely a fan. I wouldn’t mind slaying zombies with a few friends while this played in the background. Would you?
The other two songs, “Surrounded By Zombies” and “Zombie Uprising” can be found after the jump. Just make sure your ears are limbered up first, they’re pretty thick. READ MORE
On July 12th, author Glen Duncan will be releasing his werewolf horror novel, The Last Werewolf. On the same day, The Real Tuesday Weld will be releasing the official soundtrack to the book. Now, I’ve heard of soundtracks to movies and soundtracks to video games, but to books? Count me as one intrigued individual! Below is the trailer for the book which features two tracks from the soundtrack.
Pop rock band Paramore have released their first new song, Monster, since the departure of former founding mebers Josh and Zac Farro. The song is to be released on the upcoming soundtrack for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon which will be out on June 14th. I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this new song.
I know a lot of you are pretty excited for Alice: Madness Returns. Well, if you know you’re getting it anyhow, might as well pre order it and get something out of the deal. If you pre-order at GameStop, Amazon.com, or EA Store.com you will get a digital download for the games original soundtrack. There is also a new song by Chris Vrenna, formerly of Nine Inch Nails.
Also if you get Alice: Madness Returns – The Complete Collection for the PC from EAstore.com it includes both the new game and the original. Bonus! Alice: Madness Returns will be out June 14th for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. READ MORE
If you are getting Shadows Of The Damned then I definitely recommentd you pre-order it from either Amazon, Game Stop, or the E.A. Store because you could get yourself a nice bonus. A digital download of 12 music tracks from the game, from the one and only Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill).
Head past the break for the track listing, and the game comes out June 21st on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has scored an amazing Top 10 Horror Scores/Soundtracks from Alex Skolnick (Testament, Alex Skolnick Trio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra). Skolnick goes through each film and discusses what makes their score so deep and important, making it a fantastic read for you music majors.
The reviews for ‘Frozen‘ were off the chart. People loved it and it was definitely one of the more intense horror films of last year. Well, now you can pre-order the soundtrack to the film and, get this, the limited run of 500 CD’s will ALL be signed by director Adam Green and composer Andy Garfield. Talk about a cool bonus for no extra charge!