Jonathan Davis co-wrote and recorded five songs for the upcoming vampire flick “Queen of the Damned,” but don’t expect to hear the Korn singer’s recognizable growl on the film’s soundtrack.
Because Davis’ record label contract prohibits his voice from appearing on the disc, which will be released around the same time as the next Korn album, he has recruited and trained veteran hard rock singer Jeff Scott Soto to record his parts, according to a Warner Bros. spokesperson for the movie. Soto recently signed a solo record deal after recording some of the music in “Rock Star.”
Davis and composer Richard Gibbs scored all of “Queen of the Damned” and wrote and performed the music sung for the character of Lestat. Those songs include “Redeemer,” “System,” “Slept So Long,” “Not Meant for Me” and “Forsaken.” The latter is first heard as an instrumental by a rock band, but after Lestat is selected as the group’s singer, it becomes their video, the spokesperson said.
The “Queen of the Damned” soundtrack will be released just before the movie hits theaters in late February. The spokesperson said the track list, which may include music from one of the film’s stars, the late Aaliyah, has not been finalized.
Gibbs, the former keyboardist for quirky rockers Oingo Boingo, has scored several films, including “28 Days,” “Say Anything” and “10 Things I Hate About You.”
“Queen of the Damned,” based on the third novel in Anne Rice’s “Vampire Chronicles,” was directed by Michael Rymer (“In Too Deep”). It stars Stuart Townsend (“Wonderland”) as Lestat, a vampire first introduced in “Interview With the Vampire,” who becomes an ’80s rock star. Townsend also wrote and recorded some songs that may be included in the movie, the spokesperson said.