One of HBO’s more unusual Game of Thrones-related products released this year was its Catch the Throne mixtape, which collected twelve hip-hop artists to do songs about (and featuring dialogue and music samples from) the show. It looks like a second mixtape is in production now, according to metal band Killswitch Engage’s Facebook page.
The Facebook post is the band saying that they are indeed in a studio on HBO’s behalf–using the #CatchTheThrone hashtag for total clarity. As someone who really enjoyed the first one, I’m very excited to see how the second one will flow. The fact that Catch the Throne 2 (or whatever the heck title they come up with) seems to be headed in a metal band direction is interesting but not totally surprising–metal and its associated subgenres has historically loved and indulged in epic fantasy stories, including our very own Game of Thrones. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s all-metal, metal and hip-hop, or includes a variety of genres.
Missed the first Catch the Throne? It’s available for free! Here’s the Soundcloud page where you can download it all. Below, I’ve embedded one of my personal favorites, a track from Common about our multiple WiCNet Awards winner’s character, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, called “The Ladder”. The Grantland writeup on the first Catch the Throne is also highly recommended.