Tyler Bates Essentials

Tyler Bates Essentials

It's not easy to pigeonhole composer and Marilyn Manson collaborator Tyler Bates. Since breaking through in the early '00s, he's scored modern horror classics—witness the bone-chilling, dread-filled "Brackett Finds Annie" from Rob Zombie's Halloween II—and captured the many moods of comic-based action heroes. Guardians of the Galaxy's "Morag" boasts pulse-pounding orchestral grandeur, while Watchmen's "I Love You" is a tender, ambient-folk ripple. The secret to Bates' success is his sonic fearlessness: "The Punisher Main Title" has a dusty, bluesy western vibe, while The Devil's Rejects' "Ride the Horse" is a funky, psychedelic slow jam.

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