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Exmortus shred “Beetlejuice” theme song on upcoming Legions of the Undead EP: Stream

on October 04, 2019, 12:19pm

Just in time for Halloween, Los Angeles thrashers Exmortus are returning with the horror-themed Legions of the Undead EP. In advance of its October 25th release, the band is teaming up with Heavy Consequence to premiere “Beetlejuice” — a neoclassic shred cover of Danny Elfman’s theme song from the legendary Tim Burton film of the same name.

Exmortus’ version is an exercise in technical precision, as the band rips through Elfman’s symphonic composition with virtuosity in a league with Yngwie Malmsteen or Marty Friedman. If you need further convincing of the guitar theatrics at work here, Exmortus also shot a video where they play the song note-for-note all dressed as Beetlejuice.

Growing up a fan of the film, lead guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez said the theme song adapted perfectly to the shred metal style:

“Been meaning to cover this theme for a while now. As a kid, I loved the Tim Burton movie and the cartoon series that followed it. Danny Elfman’s music really does lend itself to metal orchestration, so this was a breeze to learn and jam out. Hope you have as much fun watching as we did recording it! It’s showtime!”

Recorded by the band’s longtime producer Zack Ohren at Oakland’s Sharkbite Studios, the five-track EP features two original tracks, including the previously released “Swallow Your Soul”, and three horror-themed instrumental covers in neoclassic metal style: the “Beetlejuice” theme, Bernard Hermann’s “Psycho Theme”, and the harrowing piece “Night on Bald Mountain” by 19th century Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky.

Legions of the Undead, which arrives October 25th, marks the first Exmortus release with their current touring lineup of Conan, guitarist Chase “Warbringer” Becker, bassist Cody Nunez, and drummer Adrian Aguilar. They’ll head out this fall in support of Bay Area thrash metal stalwarts Death Angel for a five-week North American tour. See those dates and stream the video playthrough of “Beetlejuice” below.

Pre-orders for Legions of the Undead are available via the band’s Exmortus Music imprint.

Legions of the Undead Artwork (by Toha “AHOT” Mashudi):

Exmortus Legions of the Undead cover

Legions of the Undead EP Tracklist:
01. Legions of the Undead
02. Swallow Your Soul
03. Beetlejuice
04. Psycho Theme
05. Night on Bald Mountain

Exmortus 2019 Tour Dates with Death Angel and Hell Fire:
11/16 – Seattle, WA @ Club Sur
11/17 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/18 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater
11/19 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
11/20 – Calgary, AB @ Dickens
11/21 – Regina, SK @ The Exchange
11/22 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramids
11/23 – St. Paul, MN @ The Amsterdam
11/25 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
11/26 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
11/27 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
11/28 – Ottawa, ON @ Brass Monkey
11/29 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti Bar & Spectacles
11/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
12/01 – New Bedford, MA @ Vault @ Greasy Luck
12/03 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon
12/04 – Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar
12/05 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
12/06 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
12/07 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
12/08 – Orlando, FL @ The Haven
12/10 – Lafayette, LA @ Grant Street
12/11 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/12 – Austin, TX @ Come And Take It Live
12/13 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
12/14 – Tulsa, OK @ The Shrine
12/15 – Enid, OK @ 1927 Event Center
12/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
12/18 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
12/19 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey