There have been plenty of Batman-related songs from major artists like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Prince[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Method Man[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bone Thugs-n-Harmony[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Offspring[/lastfm] and plenty more through history. But now with the reigning success of the Batman Franchise across multiple mediums, it’s time for a new batch of young talent to sing the tale of the Dark Knight … and what better platform than the epic saga/sequel video game: Arkham City.
A video game so grandiose & so in-depth could only be justified with a soundtrack lineup featuring such a broad spectrum of musical styling. From pop to metal, it’s diversity is it’s strength as each song stands on it’s own while simultaneously building upon each other in order to blend all of the chaos together in the end. The sound alone sufficiently tells the story of the showdown between The Bat and his rogues gallery of villains, of course highlighting the notorious Joker.
Some highlights include tracks like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Panic! At the Disco[/lastfm]‘s “Mercenary” wherein a soundbyte (starring one of the video game’s primary antagonists, Hugo Strange), plants a creepy yet powerful sense of doubt in the listeners head… mostly because it’s presentation is so heavily reminiscent of Vincent Price’s voice-over cameo in [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]‘s Thriller. The song itself fleshes out this concept of ‘duty and consequence’ and further analyzes the [spoilers!] death of the Wayne family. This really sets the mood for the game and the stage for a majority of the main character’s potential development. The ultimate question at hand being: IS Batman responsible for the rise of Gotham’s super-villains after all?
Another highlight from the soundtrack would be “The Years” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"](Crosses)[/lastfm]. This slow, atmospheric piece sweeps to a big epic industrial feature track putting a heavy emphasis the dark, menacing idyllic representation of the gothic timbre of Gotham City itself. The tune hearkens to the likes of heavier [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Smashing Pumpkins[/lastfm] ballads and takes a particular perspective on the nearly symbiotic relationship shared by Batman and the Joker.
Taking it one step further, we find [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Coheed and Cambria[/lastfm], who composed a chilling, playful and pensive song called “Deranged.” We were able to sit down and talk with Claudio Sanchez at this year’s New York Comic-Con where he was able to fill us in on how Coheed’s participation in the soundtrack came to be.