Diehard Raveonettes fans out there may have been stumbling across something unexpected online, a brand-new, synth-propelled dirge called “Oh, Stranger.” But since they’ve just released a new album — the film-score-inspired “Raven In The Grave” — where on Earth could the song originate?
In an appropriately dark place, it turns out: the soundtracks for an upcoming DC Comics-themed video game, “Batman: Arkham City — The Album.” It streets Oct. 4, with the game itself following on Oct. 18.
And it’s truly a stand-alone project.
Stars were invited to interpret the Dark Knight mythology for themselves, and Claudio Sanchez from Coheed And Cambria (who contributed a track dubbed “Deranged”) put it this way: “I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed And Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman’s existing history … so the song could live within that world.”
Here are the other stellar selections: Panic! At The Disco: “Mercenary”; The Duke Spirit: “Creature”; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: “Shadow On The Run”; Blaqk Audio: “Afterdark”; (Crosses): “The Years”; The Damned Things: “Trophy Widow”; Daughtry: “Drown In You”; The Boxer Rebellion: “Losing You”; and Serj Tankian: “Total Paranoia.”
To quote competing imprint Marvel, hey — ’nuff said!