"Mastodon composes original score for film 'Jonah Hex' with Oscar-nominated composer Mario Beltrami."

“Jonah Hex” features an original score by Reprise recording artists Mastodon and Oscar-nominated composer Mario Beltrami (The Hurt Locker, 3:10 to Yuma). Mastodon was asked to create the score personally by the film’s director, Jimmy Hayward, who was inspired by repeated listening of Mastodon’s 2006 album “Blood Mountain.” “Jimmy called us out of the blue as a fan,” bassist Troy Sanders told Paste magazine in an interview. “It was the most beautiful, authentic way to collaborate.”

Aside from the original motion picture soundtrack, Reprise Records will also release an exclusive EP of six of Mastodon’s tracks from the film “Jonah Hex” on June 29th. For their first film scoring experience Mastodon recorded the tracks for “Jonah Hex” by viewing movie footage and actually composing the score spontaneously on the spot in the studio. This method of experimental and immediate composition proved to be a daring, daunting and ultimately fun way of creating music together over a short period of time. The resulting sessions yielded incredibly exciting results produced in a completely different way than they normally would approach writing and recording for a Mastodon album. Fans will get a chance to hear the four new tracks: “Death March,” “Clayton Boys,” “Indian Theme,” and “Train Assault” with two bonus versions as they become available through iTunes and all other digital outlets.

Based on the legendary character from the comic book series from DC Comics, “Jonah Hex” is an epic action adventure about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the canvas of the battle between good and evil. The film stars Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk, No Country For Old Men), two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, Places in the Heart), Megan Fox (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Will Arnett (Blades of Glory) and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road).

Globally-celebrated and critically-revered Mastodon has created one of the most daring and highly praised albums in recent years with the band’s current and fifth full-length effort, “Crack the Skye,” which entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #11. Following a string of late-night TV appearances and a pair of groundbreaking Roboshobo-directed videos, the band toured the world non-stop following the album’s March 2009 release.

“Crack the Skye” placed on numerous “Year End / Best of 2009” critics lists and readers polls, including an impressive No. 8 entry on the prestigious Village Voice Annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll’s “Top 25 Albums of 2009” list. In recent months Mastodon has performed on their own, co-headlined tour with Dethklok and toured Europe and Latin America with Metallica, further expanding their notoriety as a peerless live force of nature.

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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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