SANTA MONICA, CA, October 20, 2008 – Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is pleased to announce the upcoming soundtrack release to PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, from Marvel Comics’ latest film adaptation of fictional vigilante and deadly antihero Frank Castle. The lethal motion picture soundtrack features a powerful collection of A-list rockers including the first new music in 3 years from Rob Zombie in addition to heart-pounding songs from rock icons such as Seether, Slayer, Slipknot and Rise Against. The fifteen-track album attacks stores on 11/25/08. The film opens nationwide on December 5th, 2008.
The original track “War Zone”, written for and inspired by the film, contains the kind of raw, throttling energy that has made Rob Zombie a platinum selling artist. The song will also serve as the first single from the soundtrack. About his contribution, Rob Zombie said: “I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B side or remix. This track was written exclusively for Punisher War Zone. A punishing track for a punishing movie.”
The record also features Slayer’s 2008 Grammy winning “Final Six” and current chart-topping singles from Slipknot “Psychosocial” and Seether “Fallen”. The beatdown doesn’t stop there, with a broad mix of new and unreleased music that spans every niche of the rock genre, including unreleased songs by premiere punk group Rise Against and emo scenesters Senses Fail. Dan Trapp of Senses Fail had this to say: “We are super excited to be a part of the Punisher legacy…when we heard we were going to be involved, we all threw up in our hands out of excitement.”
Adding to the epic soundscape of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE is one lucky winner from the Lionsgate/Clear Channel “Unsigned Artist Contest” that was hosted last month. The contest attracted over 5,000 bands and millions of listeners. The winner will be announced on 10/24/08 at www.punisherwarzonemusic.com. Lionsgate Music President, Jay Faires adds, “teaming up with Clear Channel has been a phenomenal experience. The response to the Punisher contest has been incredible, and we are absolutely thrilled about introducing one of these talented unsigned bands to the world”
Providing extra ammunition to round out the album are emerging artists Kerli, highly praised electronica duo Justice, and an inspired, propulsive original score by Michael Wandmacher. This all adds up to make the PUNISHER: WAR ZONE soundtrack one of the most anticipated of the season.
Lionsgate Music oversees music for Lionsgate’s film and TV slate, releases its soundtracks and scores and signs artists for publishing and records. The music team has received two Oscar nominations with Marco Beltrami’s score for 3:10 TO YUMA and Bird York’s song “In The Deep” for Best Picture Winner CRASH. On the film and TV music front, they have brought in new music from Linkin Park, Serj Tankian, The Flaming Lips, Dr. Dre, Elvis Costello, John Legend, James Blunt, Amy Winehouse, and Gladys Knight. Upcoming soundtracks include W featuring songs from Gene Autry and Willie Nelson, RELIGULOUS featuring songs from the Talking Heads and Bob Dylan, PUNISHER: WAR ZONE featuring cues from Justice and Seether, Vol. 2 of “Madmen” featuring songs from Chubby Checker and Peter, Paul and Mary and the next volume in the “Weeds” series. Building on LGâ€™s top 10 iTunes album for IRON MAN for Paramount, will be the release of the score for Frank Miller’s THE SPIRIT, Paul Canteleon’s score for W and David Carbonara’s score for “Madmen”. On the heels of signing Grammy winning reggae legend Lee Scratch Perry, three-time International Bluegrass Music Association award winners The Infamous Stringdusters, and breaking alternative act Glacier Hiking, the music team is releasing the upcoming album from Grammy-nominated Cajun act, the Pine Leaf Boys.
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