A Sound of Thunder Tackles Valiant’s Doctor Mirage in Second Lives
Now if watching Thor: Ragnarok wasn’t enough to make my day, this bit of news was the icing on the cake. As a Valiant fan and Shadowman fan, I was so excited when this band took the initiative to tackle a project like this and succeed. I bought the album, I bought the Book of Death issue with their variant cover, I met them at Baltimore Comic Con (Cool peoples), and I even did my own review of the album even though I’m not the most qualified on matters of music. Truthfully pretty shocked that they went with Doctor Mirage as I assumed Punk Mambo might be the next thing. Getting her own track might have been enough, so this is awesome nonetheless!
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.