Written and co-produced by D.B. Weiss of the ‘Game of Thrones’ fame and directed by Peter Sollett, ‘Metal Lords,’ as the title might suggest, is a love letter to heavy metal music. The plot revolves around best friends Kevin (Jaeden Martell) and Hunter (Adrian Greensmith), members of a fledgling metal group Skullf***er (later renamed Skullflower). Hunter, the singer and lead guitarist is clearly the more enthusiastic between the two, but Kevin becomes really invested in their band when he discovers that he has a latent talent for drumming. The two boys encounter all the shenanigans that gifted but misunderstood teenage archetypes often go through in these types of films — from bullies to seemingly unsympathetic parents to exasperated teachers to the inevitable conflict between the protagonists.
However, their love for music perseveres. As they prepare for the annual Battle of the Bands competition, the duo seeks to recruit a bassist to complete the triad. And Emily (Isis Hainsworth), a Scottish-American cellist with anger issues, just might fit into their mold. ‘Metal Lords’ is as much a coming-of-age dramedy as it celebrates metal music. A number of well-known tracks are featured in the movie. Here is what you need to know about them. SPOILERS AHEAD.
Where to Listen to the Songs in Metal Lords Soundtracks?
‘Metal Lords’ features tracks from legendary bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold, and Mastodon. Skullflower performs an instrumental cover of ‘Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Mollycoddle, Skullflower’s biggest competitor at the Battle of the Bands, also performs the covers of several popular tracks.
1. Metal Gods
2. Shape of You
“Shape of You” is a single by Ed Sheeran and was released along with “Castle on the Hill” in 2017. They are part of his third studio album, ‘÷’ (“Divide”). Mollycoddle performs a cover of the song. You can find the track here on Spotify and iTunes.
3. We Dem Boyz
A part of Wiz Khalifa’s fifth studio album ‘Blacc Hollywood,’ which was released in 2014, “We Dem Boyz” is a hip-hop track written by Cameron Thomaz, Noel Fisher, Chris Brown, and Kemion Johnel Cooks. Mollycoddle performs a cover of the track. You can find it here on Spotify and iTunes.
5. The Trooper
6. Hail to the King
8. For Whom the Bell Tolls
9. Blood and Thunder
12. Ace of Spades
14. Cowboys from Hell
15. Master of Puppets
16. Trust No One
18. Since I Don’t Have You
‘Since I Don’t Have You” was originally performed by the doo-wop group the Skyliners in 1958. Guns N’ Roses covered the song in their fifth studio album, “The Spaghetti Incident?”,’ which came out in 1993. It is the Guns N’ Roses version that appears in ‘Metal Lords.’ You can find the track here on Spotify and iTunes.
19. I’m Broken
20. War Pigs
“War Pigs” is from Black Sabbath’s second studio album, ‘Paranoid,’ released in 1970. The song appears multiple times in the film, played by the members of Skullflower. You can find the track here on Spotify and iTunes.
The soundtrack of ‘metal Lords’ also includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations ‘Aria’” (Spotify and iTunes) and Prelude in G Major (Spotify and iTunes), and Louis Armstrong’s original “St James Infirmary” (Spotify). Moreover, there are several original tracks from music producer Carl Restivo, including “Nameless,” “Mango Sky,” and “The Mongrel.” He also created a remix version of “Total Domination” by The Purple Chicken Panda Horses.
The track that Skullflower performs at the Battle of the Bands, “Machinery Of Torment,” is also an original track. It was written by D.B. Weiss, Carl Restivo, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
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