As far as we’re concerned, you don’t need Batman and a bunch of weird metal to summon the spirit of Barbatos. You just need a wicked guitar lick and heavy bass line. And thankfully, to any comic-fan-slash-metalheads out there, Mastodon’s Brann Dailor delivers that in the first official track released in celebration of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s DARK NIGHTS: METAL.
“Red Death,” which readers will know draws its name from one of the evil Batmen summoned from the Dark Multiverse in the massive Justice League event, is Dailor’s very first solo track. The song was actually inspired by prequel collection DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL and was produced by the GRAMMY Award-winning Mike Elizondo, who has worked with Eminem and Twenty-One Pilots, and film composer and former Marilyn Manson guitarist Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2, Deadpool). It features Dailor on vocals, Bates on guitar, Elizondo on bass and Dillinger Escape Plan’s Gil Sharone on drums.
“Super stoked to be part of this amazing musical collaboration,” Dailor said 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.”
In the Snyder and Capullo storyline, the Red Death is an amalgamation of Batman and the Flash, so listeners might be surprised that Dailor’s song is more somber and slower paced. At least at first. Still, considering the seriousness of what the arrival of the Dark Multiverse means for our world, maybe keeping things serious and grave is the way to go. You’re free to decide for yourself, you can grab or stream “Red Death” at your favorite digital retailer by clicking here.
Or just stream it through Spotify below:
Dark Days: The Road to Metal is now in stores. Dark Nights: Metal will be available in a hardcover graphic novel collection on June 6, 2018. To learn more about Dailor and Mastodon, including their current tour with Primus, click here.