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.