ROB ZOMBIE: ‘The Lords Of Salem’ Soundtrack Details Revealed

The soundtrack to Rob Zombie‘s upcoming film, “The Lords Of Salem”, will be in stores on April 16 — just a few days before the release of his latest CD, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, on April 23. The film itself opens nationwide on April 19.

“The Lords Of Salem” soundtrack:

01. Open Wide The Gates
02. The Curse Of Margaret Morgan (John 5 Griffin Boyce)
03. Blinded By The Light (MANFRED MANN)
04. No Person In Number Five
05. A Special Child (John 5 Griffin Boyce)
06. Our Philosophy
07. Crushing The Ritual (Leviathan The Fleeing Serpent)
08. Give It To Me Baby (Rick James)
09. Ladies Choice
10. The Spirit Of Radio (RUSH)
11. Smash Or Trash
12. The Lords Theme (John 5 Griffin Boyce)
13. Salem Rocks
15. Three Sisters (John 5 Griffin Boyce)
16. You Know What I Think?
17. I’ll Always Know (John 5 Griffin Boyce)
18. Apartment Five
19. Lords Hear Us
20. All Tomorrow’s Parties (THE VELVET UNDERGROUND)
21. WIQZ News

ROB ZOMBIE/ex-MARILYN MANSON guitarist John 5 last year spoke to about the songwriting process for the score for “The Lords Of Salem”.

Rob would give me direction, like, ‘I want it to sound like this, or I want it to sound like that,'” John, whose real name is John Lowery, said. “It’s very primitive, not your everyday-sounding instruments. I would use a violin bow across an acoustic guitar or clank on things or use other odd musical instruments. Then, of course, you have your bassoons and french horns and everything under the sun for other parts of the score. It’s very unorthodox, if you will, but it really was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work and it was a big challenge. It turned out amazing, though. I’m very proud of it; that’s for sure.”

He added, “I wanted the theme of this movie to be very simple, like ‘Jaws’ or ‘Halloween’ — something that’s so easy to remember. When you see the movie, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. I really wanted to concentrate on the simple things that ring in your head. I wanted to do something easy in that sense so people could remember it and hopefully have fun with it.”

Asked if he had a lot of visual elements to work with, the guitarist said, “We [John 5 and producer Griffin Boice] would get visuals, or we would get a scene or two and just go off of it from there. It’s really amazing when you see a shot with nothing there and then create this sound. It’s pretty incredible to see how it all comes to life.

“It’s funny, the power of music. I was watching ‘Dracula’, the 1931 version with Bela Lugosi, and the only music you hear is at the very beginning of the credits. There’s not one other piece of music; it’s all silent. It’s unbelievable and it’s very effective, too.”