Dark Nights: Metal wouldn’t be complete without, well, some heavy metal. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have delivered on that promise today with the release of the first track from the Dark Nights: Metal soundtrack. That track is titled “Red Death” and you can listen to it in its entirety below, via Spotify.
The Dark Nights: Metal soundtrack was announced back in October of last year as an accompaniment to the extremely metal-adjacent storyline penned by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo. Tyler Bates (Watchmen, 300, Guardians of the Galaxy), the former lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson, is the composer for the soundtrack. Mike Elizondo, the senior vice president of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, is co-producer on the soundtrack. Elizondo is known for his collaborations with the musicians like Dr. Dre, Eminem, Muse and Mastodon, among others.
Those Mastodon connections apparently came in handy, as “Red Death” features the band’s drummer and co-vocalist, Brann Dailor, on vocals. Bates plays the guitar, while Elizondo plays bass and Dillinger Escape Plan’s Gil Sharone plays the drums. Elizondo produced the song. It is Dailor’s very first solo track.
“Super stoked to be part of this amazing musical collaboration,” Dailor said in a statement about the track. “Always been a fan of anything Batman-related and DC Comics as a whole, so the chance to be connected to that universe is a dream come true.”
Dark Nights: Metal readers will likely have noticed that the track’s name is derived from one of the many evil Batmen introduced in the prequel series, Dark Days: The Road to Metal. Red Death the evil amalgamation of Batman and the Flash.
Once the Batman of Earth-52, Red Death lost his way after losing too many Robin sidekicks in the line of duty. Red Death sought the aid of his world’s Flash to save Earth-52, but the two came to blows and Batman forcibly entered the Speedforce, which fused him and the Flash together. Red Death summarily dispatched his own Rogue’s Gallery, but his efforts weren’t enough to save his world. He fell under the influence of the demon Barabtos not long after.
“Red Death” is currently available to stream or purchase through Spotify and other various platforms. There is no word on when the rest of the soundtrack will be available. Dark Nights: Metal will be collected in a hardcover format on June 6. Dark Days: The Road to Metal is currently available in stores and as a digital download.