Published on September 11th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Michael Lombardi On The New Film “The Retaliators,” His Days On “Rescue Me,” Music & More

The Retaliators is a based-on-real-life horror-thriller that aims to push the needle forward on utilizing heavy rock/metal music in film. Not only is this done via the film’s official soundtrack but also by incorporating rock music in its storyline and integrating the artists themselves with guest appearances. It stars Michael Lombardi (FX’s Rescue Me, HBO’s The Deuce) and Marc Menchaca (Ozark, Black Mirror) with guest roles from some big musical artists, including Tommy Lee, Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch), Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) and Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills).

On-screen appearances aside, The Retaliators — due for release this week — also highlights music from the aforementioned artists throughout the film and in its high-octane original soundtrack which will be released on September 16, 2022 via Better Noise Music. The soundtrack will also feature music from The HU, Bad Wolves, Asking Alexandria, Escape The Fate, Nothing More, From Ashes To New, All Good Things, Hollywood Undead, Eva Under Fire, Cory Marks, Hyro The Hero, and Classless Act.

On August 28, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Lombardi via Zoom, as embedded below. More on Lombardi and The Retaliators can be found online by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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