Batman: Arkham City Soundtrack Review & Exclusive Interview

Claudio Sanchez: “I got the call from our manager that there was an opportunity to write a song for the soundtrack and I immediately jumped on it, because theres no way i’m passing on this.  At the time, my wife and I were driving into Manhattan and i was really anxious to get working so I brought all my gadgets into the car and plugged them into the stereo and started to map out the ideas for the song; melody, guitar parts things like that … throwing lyrics at Shondra just to see what sticks.  And then the next day I created a full demo out of the tune .. orchestrating a lot of it, and in about a day and a half I had the full song. It was really exciting.  As a fan of batman here was a chance for me to tell Batman’s story in a form that doesn’t happen very often: song… I was all about it.” Was this song concept drawn directly from the game plot or did you have other references in the Batman arc?

CS:  “I definitely had the treatment for the game but the theme of the song is the relationship between the Batman and the Joker and what would it be like should he were to LOSE the Joker.   When writing I had a lot of imagry around me.. Batman art by Neil Adams, Issue 521; the bridge of the song specifically very much reflects the panel at the end of the Killing Joke where Batman and the Joker are silhouetted and sharing a laugh.. and it almost looks like he could be choking him out at the same time you know?  There was a lot of stuff, because the song is sung from the Joker’s perspective I wanted to have the imagry around me.. I mean, I wore Converse-Joker shoes when I wrote the song.  Like at the end of the second verse, that little laugh that is there… or the fact that the guitar solo is re-amped so theres a clean & dominant and right behind it is one that sounds broken or ‘deranged’ if you will.. just little hints like that whether in music or lyrics to pay homage to the character.”

Listen to “Deranged” by Coheed and Cambira via IGN HERE

Check out the rest of our interview with Claudio Sanchez at NYCC HERE

Full Tracklist:

1. Panic! At The Disco – Mercenary

2. Coheed and Cambria – Deranged

3. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Duke Spirit[/lastfm] – Creature (The Duke Spirit Live in Studios)

4. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Black Rebel Motorcycle Club[/lastfm] – Shadow On The Run

5. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Blaqk Audio[/lastfm] – Afterdark

6. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Raveonettes[/lastfm] – Oh, Stranger

7. (Crosses) – The Years

8. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Damned Things[/lastfm] – Trophy Widow

9. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Daughtry[/lastfm] – Drown In You

10. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Boxer Rebellion[/lastfm] – Losing You

11. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Serj Tankian[/lastfm] – Total Paranoia

Batman: Arkham City for Xbox 360, Ps3 & PC hits store shelves today, and the Bonus Collector’s edition comes with a copy of the soundtrack that includes a bonus track by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]A Place to Bury Strangers[/lastfm], all from Warner Brothers & Rocksteady Studios.

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