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!