'Anthology' features newly recorded versions of the director's film themes

Legendary director and composer John Carpenter is releasing a new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, on Oct. 20, it was announced Tuesday. The Halloween filmmaker is also heading out on a U.S. tour, which kicks off Octo. 29 in Las Vegas.

Anthology is being released by Sacred Bones and features newly recorded versions of 13 movie themes from Carpenter’s films, including The Thing, Escape from New York, Halloween, They Live, and the Sam Neill-starring In the Mouth of Madness. The album is now available to pre-order.

“I worked on the soundtrack for In the Mouth of Madness with Jim Lang,” Carpenter said, in a statement, referring to his fellow composer. “We never came up with a great main title theme. In a rented house on Woodrow Wilson (my house was being remodeled), I came up with a heavy metal theme inspired by Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman.’ My friend Dave Davies played lead guitar, and now, over 20 years later, his son Daniel is playing the lead. One of my favorite themes.”

That “Dave Davies,” incidentally, is the Dave Davies, from the Kinks.

Anthology is the third album release from Carpenter in recent times, following 2015’s Lost Themes and 106’s Lost Themes II.

You can hear that new track from In the Mouth of Madness above and see a full list of Carpenter’s tour dates, below.

10/29/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
10/31/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
11/2/17 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove
11/4/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/5/17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/7/17 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth Live
11/9/17 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/10/17 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/12/17 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
11/13/17 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/15/17 – Boston, MA @ Royale
11/16/17 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
11/18/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
11/19/17 – Syracuse, NY @ The Palace Theatre