As we peruse our inbox we come across a lot of cool music and review requests. Though our inbox is of the digital kind, the picture above represents the nature of things piling up. I wish we could get to them all, but life in the fast lane prevents us from reviewing everything we receive. The bands below were recently sent to us with a video clips and promotion information. Therefore, I am doing my civic duty as a metalhead and spreading the gospel of metal to you. Since we are non-discriminatory (if that’s a word) lovers of metal, I figure the best way to do this is to just write a few words and let you decide for yourselves whether you are going to take the next step; buying the album when it is released.
Mike Patton’s latest work comes in the form of an album entitled The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Within is music taken from the score of the Italian film La Solitudine dei Numeri Primi, which he scored, and also music inspired by the book of the same name which the film is based on. Unfortunately, since I have yet to read this highly acclaimed book by Paolo Giordano nor see the film so I can not give you an honest opinion on whether the music does in fact capture the feel of the film and book. I can, however, let you know that Mike Patton’s work on this release is well worth listening to.
Well ain’t this a coincidence. Mike Patton is featured as the Song of the Week today and then as I’m still listening to The Solitude of Prime Numbers soundtrack which he scored I stumble across the news that he will be scoring the soundtrack to yet another movie, The Place Beyond the Pines. This will be the third feature full length movie that Mr. Patton has scored (the other being Crank 2: High Voltage, watch it, it’s, it’s, I don’t know, it’s crazy, but a damn fun time, and the soundtrack really fits the film). It seems as if he has a knack for doing this kind of work and enjoys doing it.
According to IMDB The Place Beyond the Pines is about “A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.” The film will be directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, which I haven’t seen, but have heard is really, really good) and will star Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blue Valentine), Eva Mendes (The Spirit), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover). Interesting cast to say the least. The film is also being shot in Schenectady, NY where the town’s name translates to “The Place Beyond the Pines” in the Native American Mohawk Tribe language. Schenectady is also the resting place of one of my all-time favorite authors Kurt Vonnegut. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this film. It is slated to be released in 2012.
And according to Metalsucks.net, “[Director] Cianfrance recently completed production on a film called Metalhead, ”the story of a heavy metal drummer who blows his eardrums out and must learn to adapt to a world of silence.” That films stars the always-awesome Jucifer as a fictional version of themselves. While that doesn’t tell us anything about Pines, it reinforces my suspicion that Cianfrance has good taste.”
And while I’m on the Mike Patton in entertainment subject I’ll also note that he will also be reprising his role as the voice of the major character The Darkness in the upcoming sequel, The Darkness II, to be released worldwide Feb. 10, 2012. The first game was great, and going by all the info I’ve been able to squeeze out about this upcoming game, this should also be a big time winner.
Peace Love and Metal!!