Tom Morello Streams Original Metal Track from Netflix’s Metal Lords


Early this week, we wrote about the first trailer for Netflix’s Tom Morello-produced movie Metal Lords, which is about a trio of high schoolers forming a metal band and dealing with high school drama on top of that. Now, the first original metal track from the movie has been released, and can be streamed below.

The song, “Machinery of Torment,” actually ain’t that bad (though it’s not nearly as killer as the original metal song from Foo Fighters’ Studio 666). It’s got an old-school, Dio-era Black Sabbath vibe, but with more of a modern doom metal vocal style. Meanwhile, what’s really compelling is the guitar tone, which is reminiscent of bands like Celtic Frost, who got that real gooey pitch-black riffage down. We’ll fully admit, it sounds like some non-metal songwriters trying to write a metal song, and genre diehards will smell that from a mile away, but it’s not terrible overall.

Speaking about the movie, Morello says:

“I grew up in a small, cloistered, conservative suburb where my musical tastes ran against the grain of almost everybody else in school and certainly all of the teachers, so this is something I can very much relate to. It’s a story of kids trying to get their first band together and having a dream, but perhaps not having the technical ability or the artistic vision to make that dream real. Or do they?

“For me, it harmonizes in a lot of ways with the real story of so many kids who are locked in these suburban hells and the key to get out is an electric guitar or drums or rock and roll music. The music shows a way to transcend this stifled daily existence, to try to be something better, be something more authentic and true than what’s handed to you by your surroundings.”

Check out “Machinery of Torment” below. Metal Lords comes out April 8th on Netflix.

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