How Tyler Bates wrangled Chino Moreno, Dave Lombardo, Mastodon, Denzel Curry and more for DC Comics.
Tyler Bates is the pied-piper of heavy music. Between his decades playing in rock bands and his prodigious film-scoring career (Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick), the dude knows everyone — few people in the industry can boast collaborations with Rob Zombie and Zack Snyder — and he knows how to lure them into a creative project. So, when DC decided to create a soundtrack album to pair with its innovative Dark Nights: Death Metal crossover mini-series (the sequel to Dark Nights: Metal), Bates was the ideal curator. It was an opportunity to recruit some of his favorite bands across the grand spectrum of heaviness, but perhaps more importantly, a chance to offer some invigorating work to musicians sidelined by the pandemic.