Valiant Entertainment has revealed more information about their partnership with Washington, DC area heavy metal band A Sound of Thunder -- a partnership that has led to the creation of a concept album starring the voodoo-powered Shadwoman.
The concept album,"Tales From the Deadside," was originally funded via Kickstarter, where it earned well over its initial target funding and raised over $30,000. A Sound of Thunder recorded the 10-track album with producer Kevin '131' Gutierrez. The album is a full hourlong "Shadowman" experience featuring original songs, voice narration and soundscapes created by A Sound of Thunder. The album's title references the Deadside, a supernatural realm that plays host to threats to our world -- threats that only Jack Boniface, the latest in a long line of Shadowmen, can stop.
"The story of Shadowman, his alter-ego Jack Boniface, and the many characters in his world inspired us to create what we believe is our best album to date," said A Sound of Thunder guitarist Josh Schwartz in the release. "We let the story lead us to places our music has never been before, combining all the elements of supernatural horror, drama, action and adventure found in the comics. Of course, everything has gone through our own unique Thunderous filter, and all the familiar ASOT elements will be there. Shadowman's harrowing journey demanded no less!"
"Tales From the Deadside" will be released digitally, on CD and on vinyl on September 25; a release party will also be held for the album at Baltimore Comic-Con on the following day. The band themselves will also be present at the con at Booth A185, and they'll even have an exclusive variant cover for "Book of Death" #3 from artist Dusan Markovic. You can check out a preview of the album below. You can also preview other tracks, like "Tower of Souls" and "Tremble."
Official Press Release
A SOUND OF THUNDER Brings VALIANT's SHADOWMAN to Life In TALES FROM THE DEADSIDE - A Heavy Metal Concept Album Launching September 25!Album to Debut During Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 with Live Release Party
Award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment and Washington, DC area metal band A Sound of Thunder are teaming up for "Tales from the Deadside" - an all-new concept album inspired by New Orleans' nocturnal guardian...the voodoo-empowered hero simply known as Shadowman!
Venture into the darkest reaches of the Valiant Universe to witness the story of Jack Boniface - the latest in a long line of Shadowmen tasked with protecting our world from the forbidden supernatural realm called Deadside...and the evil machinations of Master Darque, who long ago traded his humanity to possess the dark knowledge of the haunted world beyond our own.
From Shadowman's unearthly origin to his first brutal encounter with the arcane forces of the New Orleans night, "Tales from the Deadside" is a comics experience like none other, told across 60 minutes of spine-tingling tracks, voice narration, and soundscapes from rock n' roll masters A Sound of Thunder!
"The story of Shadowman, his alter-ego Jack Boniface, and the many characters in his world inspired us to create what we believe is our best album to date," said A Sound of Thunder guitarist Josh Schwartz. "We let the story lead us to places our music has never been before, combining all the elements of supernatural horror, drama, action and adventure found in the comics. Of course, everything has gone through our own unique Thunderous filter, and all the familiar ASOT elements will be there. Shadowman's harrowing journey demanded no less!"
A runaway success on Kickstarter, "Tales from the Deadside" smashed through its initial crowdfunding campaign by more than 300 percent, raising more than $30,000. Recorded at Assembly Line Studios with RIAA platinum-awarded producer Kevin '131' Gutierrez (Shinedown, While Heaven Wept, Raven), the 10-track album is A Sound of Thunder's fifth full-length release, refining their classic blend of melodic heavy metal, rock, and prog. Since forming in 2009, the band has performed across the United States and Canada and shared the stage with notable acts such as Iced Earth, Accept, Overkill, and Kamelot. Their last album, "The Lesser Key of Solomon," debuted as a Top 50 release on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.
On September 25th, the many worlds of Valiant's iconic Shadowman characters spring to life in "Tales from the Deadside" - available digitally, on CD, and vinyl! And don't miss the band's ground-shaking release party, kicking off during Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 at Baltimore's own Metro Gallery on September 26th! Join A Sound of Thunder's Legion of Thunder and a host of Shadowman fans from around the globe for a musical performance unlike any other as Shadowman's "Tales from the Deadside" smashes down the barrier from the Valiant Universe to yours!
Plus: meet A Sound of Thunder in person during Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 at Booth A185, as the band overtakes the metro area's biggest comic convention with band-exclusive variants of Book of Death #3 (of 4) by artist Dusan Markovic, CDs, vinyl, t-shirts, and more for sale and free autographing!
The dark protector of the New Orleans night, Shadowman is one of the most enduring heroes in comics with more than 5.3 million comics sold since the character's debut in 1992. As the sole protector of the boundary between our world and the nightmare realm known only as Deadside, Shadowman's mythology forms a cornerstone of the larger Valiant Universe and spawned the best-selling "Shadow Man" action-adventure gaming franchise produced by Acclaim Entertainment. The character will next appear in "Operation: Deadside" - a four-part storyline beginning in December's Ninjak #10 by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite.