Soundtracks for Western films aren't typically characterized by their extreme guitar-wailing and double-bass drum pounding, but "Jonah Hex" is aiming to make an exception.
According to Ain't It Cool News, heavy metal rockers Mastodon will allegedly provide the musical score for "Jonah Hex," the Josh Brolin-starring film based on the DC Comics character. The report describes Mastodon's sound contribution as, "[needless] to say, pretty heavy!"
The Mastodon-provided soundtrack wouldn't be out of place if "Crank" filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor remained attached as directors for the Warner bros.-produced film, as was the original plan—but even after their departure, the pair's script remained in place for the Jimmy Hayward-directed "Hex." Perhaps the screenplay called for some serious guitar thrashing.
Mastodon was formed in 1999 and consists of bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor. Despite their short 10-year existence, Mastodon's songs have been featured in a variety of popular culture outlets, including video games such as "Saints Row" and the "Guitar Hero" franchise.
Mastodon also performed the opening track for the "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" movie.
Now, the heavy metal band can add another notch to their belt in the form of "Jonah Hex," their first comic book movie score. While a traditional soundtrack may have seemed a preferable choice, don't forget that another recent period piece—"There Will Be Blood"—featured the sonic stylings of "Radiohead" rocker Jonny Greenwood, a score that was almost unanimously celebrated.
With any luck, Mastodon will make for a similarly surprising match with "Jonah Hex."
What do you think of "Jonah Hex's" purported heavy metal soundtrack?