Everybody has their personal preference when it comes to reading comics, especially in regards to what they like to listen to while reading. Some will put on a familiar album, others the mellower sounds of classical music or talk radio, and if you’re like me, you like as much silence as possible so you can focus on the book in your hand.
DC Comics have their own answer to the question of “what is the best music to listen to while reading comics?”, and appropriately enough, it’s metal.
At least if you’re reading Dark Nights: Death Metal, that is.
The Snyder/Capullo/Glapion/Plascencia/Napolitano joint gets an expanded soundtrack, courtesy of superstar composer Tyler Bates, as several new tracks join the previous singles released by Mastodon, Chelsea Wolfe, Manchester Orchestra, and others. If Bates’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s composed music for the Watchmen film, John Wick, Lovecraft Country, Deadpool 2, and The Punisher series, among others. The new tunes come from acts like Rise Against, Show Me the Body, Soccer Mommy, and Grey Daze, and will surely induce fits of fist-pumping and head-banging.
In other words, it’s the perfect soundtrack for a comic book where Wonder Woman wields a magic chainsaw, Superman has a literal rock fist, and Batman commands an army of the undead.
It’s Death Metal.
You can read more about the soundtrack and Bates’ compilation process here.
Each track is available for digital purchase now, and the soundtrack will be available physically on July 16.