Featuring Original Score by Tyler Bates
Including “God’s Going to Cut You Down” Performed by Marilyn Manson
(December 20, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Varèse Sarabande will release the 24 HOURS TO LIVE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 29, 2017 and on CD January 19, 2018. The album features original music composed by Tyler Bates (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, JOHN WICK). Marilyn Manson’s “God’s Going to Cut You Down,” is a traditional hymn previously popularized by Johnny Cash and Odetta, is a special album-only bonus track.
Bates is currently a member of Marilyn Manson’s touring band and produced Manson’s last two albums. “Manson and I were putting the finishing touches to his album ‘Heaven Upside Down’, when the director Brian Smrz asked me if we would possibly cover the song [“God’s Going to Cut You Down”] for the end credits,” said Bates. “Manson & I were already very familiar with the song, and there was a version placed temporarily in the end credits that we didn’t like, so we just did our own thing. We found a tempo that felt good, threw up a ‘four on the floor’ 808 kick drum, and worked out an arrangement with acoustic guitar and his vocal. I added talk box, melodica, bass, electric guitar, and ambient noise over the course of one late-night session!”
24 HOURS TO LIVE is a fast-paced action-packed movie about a career assassin (Ethan Hawke) who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily after being killed on the job. Bringing focus to the core precepts of the film, composer Bates explained, “Loss, love, and retribution, are strong emotional motives that drive our main character to take extraordinary measures to carry out his mission in the most extreme capacity, so it was important that the score to be imbued with those emotions.”
Bates also brought in some ethnic musical elements to the score. “We subtly alluded to South Africa, (where the film primarily takes place), with some ethnic instrumentation in the percussion, and a couple prominent solo vocal moments.” To achieve these effects, “Rafe Pearlman sang solo vocals. I played acoustic and electric guitars and Guitar Viol. And there was plenty of interesting percussion instruments used throughout, including Kalimba, Hammered Dulcimer, Udu, singing bowls, and many clay pots for tonal centering of the percussion.”
Varèse Sarabande will release the 24 HOURS TO LIVE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on December 29, 2017 and on CD January 19, 2018.
ABOUT TYLER BATES
Composer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Bates work resonates deeply throughout film, television, video games, and pop culture at large—from critically acclaimed blockbusters such as JOHN WICK and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to WGN’s SALEM and Zack Snyder’s groundbreaking 300. An adept and versatile music mind, he develops a distinct sonic palette for each project that is reflective of the director’s unique brand of story-telling and emotion, whether it be sweeping epic grandeur or sheer terror.
In 2004, after a decade of writing film music, he scored Zack Snyder’s reimagining of DAWN OF THE DEAD written by James Gunn, igniting longstanding relationships with both. His soundtrack for Snyder’s 300 quickly became one biggest selling score albums of the 21st Century. 300 was followed by further collaborations with the filmmaker such as WATCHMEN and SUCKER PUNCH. A partnership with Gunn evolved from the 2006 cult favorite SLITHER and led to SUPER and Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, which became the third highest-grossing film of 2014 worldwide. Throughout Bates’ career he has worked with iconic and influential filmmakers, including Academy Award® winner William Friedkin on KILLER JOE and Rob Zombie on THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, HALLOWEEN, and HALLOWEEN II.
His imprint on the gaming world is apparent in his music for KILLZONE SHADOW FALL, GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION, ARMY OF TWO 40TH DAY, and more. Bates’ work in TV spans a wide range of styles from Showtime’s CALIFORNICATION to Audience Network’s highly popular KINGDOM. An on-camera performance for CALIFORNICATION is where Bates met Marilyn Manson, kicking off another focused and fiery creative alliance. Tyler Bates co-wrote and produced Manson’s THE PALE EMPEROR, which bowed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200 and Rolling Stone proclaimed, “#1 Metal Album of 2015.”“Cupid Carries a Gun” became the main title theme for WGN’s hit series, SALEM, while “Killing Strangers” figured prominently in Keanu Reeves’ John Wick. He also held down lead guitar duties on Manson’s Hell Not Hallelujah Tourand his 2016 arena tour, playing to a half-million fans alongside metal giants Slipknot.
Beyond co-creating Manson’s forthcoming SAY10, 2017 sees Tyler’s scores for Charlize Theron’s THE COLDEST CITY, JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO, co-composed with longtime friend Joel Richard, the Gunn-penned and -produced THE BELKO EXPERIMENT directed by Greg McLean, and the mega-anticipated GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, directed by James Gunn. Ultimately, Tyler Bates’ natural ability to connect with his collaborators yields music that not only becomes part of the film and television zeitgeist, but that resonates with authenticity to audiences around the globe.