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 Posted:   Feb 6, 2014 - 11:38 PM   
 By:   CineMedia Promotions   (Member)

SPARKS & SHADOWS TO RELEASE
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM SOUNDTRACK

Original Music by Emmy Award®-Winning Composer Bear McCreary
Featured Performers Include Brendon Small (Dethklok), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Pete Griffin (Three Inches of Blood) and Others.

Featured Vocals By Brendan McCreary and Raya Yarbrough

(February 4, 2014 – Culver City, CA) Sparks & Shadows, the boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, announces the release of KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on February 11th. The soundtrack features performances by heavy metal and rock luminaries including Brendon Small (Dethklok), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo), Ira Ingber (Bob Dylan), Pete Griffin (Three Inches of Blood) and Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa).

“In the darkest hours of a cold winter night, I read a script chronicling adventurous LARPers, an evil curse, a disgruntled heavy metal singer, wizards, warriors and the Hell Lord Abominog,” said McCreary. “As I read, my musical imagination filled with soaring bagpipes, drop-tuned distorted guitars, double kick drums, blaring horns, dulcimers and ethereal vocals—everything I love about music in one epic score.”

McCreary was excited to have the opportunity to work with rock and metal musicians on this project. “Early on, I reached out to Brendon Small, the creator and composer of Metalocalypse, to ask his advice on writing heavy metal music. We hit it off, and he contributed brutal solos and rhythm guitars to the score.”

Small and McCreary had worked together a few years earlier on a Freddie Mercury tribute concert. The band for this benefit included Mike Keneally, Pete Griffin, and Joe Travers, who round out the rhythm section for KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM. Also signing on was Whitesnake’s Doug Aldrich, who adds a shredding guitar solo on “At the Gates.” Many of McCreary’s frequent collaborators are also back, including Ira Ingber playing the “down-home slide guitar,” Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) adding terrifying guitar textures on the horror cues, Uilleann and small Scottish pipes make an appearance—performed by Eric Rigler (who was featured on the score to Braveheart and Battlestar Galactica), with vocal performances by Brendan McCreary and Raya Yarbrough.

Said McCreary, “Having access to these brilliant musicians allowed the wide emotional range of this score to be brought to life.”
A recent Emmy Award® winner for Da Vinci’s Demons, McCreary also composes Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—the #1 series debut of the 2013 fall season with 11.9 million viewers. Together with The Walking Dead, which shattered records with 16.1 million viewers for its fourth season debut, McCreary scored the #1 new show and the #1 returning show in 2013. Current projects also include new seasons of Da Vinci’s Demons and Defiance, as well as the 2014 STARZ debut series Black Sails-the premiere episode was the #1 series debut for the network and teamed McCreary once again with Executive Producer / Co-Creator Jonathan E. Steinberg, with whom he previously worked on Human Target.

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus, from the pits of hell.

Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?”

“Producing this soundtrack for KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM has been a joyous experience. I think of it as a ‘heavy metal fantasy concept album,’” said McCreary. “The cues are presented in narrative order, for the most part, with some slight restructuring and occasional new material to facilitate a smooth musical flow.”

eOne Films presents KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, with TUGG screenings beginning on January 21st and available digitally and on VOD on February 11, 2014. Sparks & Shadows presents KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack available February 11, 2014. The first 360 people who purchase the CD through www.lalalandrecords.com will receive their copy autographed the composer.

Other releases from Sparks & Shadows include McCreary’s soundtracks to the series Da Vinci’s Demons (featuring the Emmy® Award winning title theme), Defiance, and Black Sails, as well as the original motion picture soundtrack for Europa Report.

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 Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)

  • McCreary was excited to have the opportunity to work with rock and metal musicians on this project. “Early on, I reached out to Brendon Small, the creator and composer of Metalocalypse, to ask his advice on writing heavy metal music. We hit it off, and he contributed brutal solos and rhythm guitars to the score.”

    First, McCreary scoring a LARP movie, now this!!



    Time to rock out with my THAC0 out!

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     Posted:   Feb 7, 2014 - 6:44 AM   
     By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

    After continously going back to watch the film's priceless trailer from two years (!?!?!?!) ago, I'm just glad to get a chance to finally see the film on demand--even in it's non-director approved version.

     
     
     Posted:   Feb 21, 2014 - 5:25 AM   
     By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

    A little disappointed with this score. It has excellent parts then the "drop-tuned distorted guitars" come in, not the kind of score I will listen to much.

     
     
     Posted:   Feb 21, 2014 - 6:19 AM   
     By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

    Having finally seen the film on Itunes, I'd have to say the score served the film (as it stands) pretty well. But, I would agree that I doubt it would have much post-viewing listening interest from me. I hasten to add, stranger things have grown on me over time.

    In the almost two years since I first became aware of the film, my anticipation had probably grown to unrealistic proportions, to the extent the finished film could hardly live up to the wonderfully constructed and edited trailer. I guess I was somewhat surprised that the film turned out to be more of a gory, R-rated horror film than that initial trailer let on. (It leads me wonder whether the director's cut was even darker still, or more comedy was cut out to bring in the horror trade.)

    Neverthless, even in it's non-director approved version, there's a lot of fun to be had here and I would guardedly recommend the film to genre fans.

     
     
     Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 2:35 AM   
     By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

    A little disappointed with this score. It has excellent parts then the "drop-tuned distorted guitars" come in, not the kind of score I will listen to much.

    I gave this another chance on the weekend and have placed it with my other Bear McCreary, but it is my least favorite of his scores.

     
     
     Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 4:26 AM   
     By:   tarasis   (Member)

    Overall I like it, certainly more so than Europa Report (just sounds too Bear) and Defiance (I don't like the electronic mix, just feels like noise at times - songs are well done though). The first track is awesome.

    Overall I find Black Sails the better of the two recent Bear releases.

     
     
     Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 9:51 AM   
     By:   Kim Tong   (Member)

    Overall I like it, certainly more so than Europa Report (just sounds too Bear) and Defiance (I don't like the electronic mix, just feels like noise at times - songs are well done though). The first track is awesome.

    Overall I find Black Sails the better of the two recent Bear releases.


    Black Sails is the better of the two releases. I do not own Defiance and what I have heard of it, I probably will not own it because it does sound like noise. Europa Report I own but have not listened to, I guess I need to listen to that tonight.

     
     
     Posted:   Feb 24, 2014 - 2:45 PM   
     By:   John McMasters   (Member)

    Just wanted to thank Mr. Gerhard for immediately addressing and correcting an order problem with Badassdom. Super customer service. So...thanks! (I had ordered one of the autographed copies from La La Land.)

    (I also love the album.)

     
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