Sparks & Shadows has released Knights Of Badassdom
Sparks & Shadows, the boutique record label founded by composer Bear McCreary, has announced the release of Knights Of Badassdom. 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.”
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.”