The Press Release:
Washington, DC area metal band A Sound of Thunder and award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment are teaming up for “Second Lives” – an all-new EP inspired by the paranormal investigator known as Doctor Mirage!
The “Second Lives” 5-song EP is being offered exclusively via Kickstarter as a companion to A Sound of Thunder’s new album “It Was Metal.” The EP features original cover art by THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE series artist Roberto de la Torre. Fans have until November 13th to pre-order the CD, which will be a limited numbered and autographed edition.
Doctor Mirage talks to the dead, but the only spirit Shan Fong-Mirage couldn’t find was that of her late husband, Hwen. After a perilous trip through the underworld, the two have been reunited, but Hwen is still an intangible spirit of the dead…incapable of opening a spell book or even touching his wife. Now, Valiant’s investigators of the occult and arcane use their gifts to solve homicides, bring peace to the recently bereaved, and look for answers to the mystery that haunts them most: how to restore Hwen’s solid form…
“The captivating atmosphere created by series writer Jen Van Meter and artist Roberto de la Torre really inspired us,” said A Sound of Thunder guitarist Josh Schwartz. “Doctor Mirage’s harrowing journey to the Deadside ignited our creativity and passion for both comics and music. We tried to capture the mood and story of the comics with music that is both dark and exciting.”
“Second Lives” is not A Sound of Thunder’s first character license collaboration with Valiant Entertainment. In 2015, the band released “Tales from the Deadside,” a full-length concept album based on the SHADOWMAN comic series. “Tales from the Deadside” became one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever in the metal category, and upon release, landed on several Billboard music charts: Heatseekers Albums – South Atlantic Region #1, Heatseekers Albums #8, and Hard Rock Albums #16.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Sadly I’ve not managed to follow much of what A Sound Of Thunder is all about despite having heard the name for a couple of years at the time of this writing. Now that I am suitably informed about their existing comic collaborations and this forthcoming one, I am going to look a little deeper into them. When this stuff is done well, it’s often extraordinary. I also remembered my enjoying the original Doctor Mirage series from back in the day when it was called “The Second Life Of Doctor Mirage”. It was a very interesting series for sure and not what the comics fans were expecting from Valiant. So what do you fans of either side of the creative fence think about this initiative? Will you be helping this sonic creation come to life? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you next time.