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#ThemeSongTuesday: Baron 'Edgelord' Corbin, Part 2



Last August, I wrote about Baron Corbin's new theme and how it had EDGELORD written all over it. A few weeks ago, Corbin's theme got an upgrade and it now has vocals! It immediately reminded me of Batista's theme when it went from generic rock instrumental to a full song performed by Saliva. And given Corbin's United States Championship victory yesterday at Hell In A Cell 2017, it's only fitting that we talk about the Lone Wolf's new theme this week.


I'm glad the theme retained most of the original elements in the instrumental version. The Gregorian chant/"Bye Bye Bye" intro is still there, which isn't as cringe-worthy as it used to be. In fact, I kind of dig it now in a "haha it's still there" kind of way.

When the vocals come in, it's easy to mock Corbin and call him an edgelord, especially when most people instantly thought of Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on the first listen. But when you listen to the song on its own, it is nowhere near the hardest cuts Nickelback ever put out. Seriously.

Corbin's musical tastes lean heavily towards metal, with his favorite bands including acts like Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot. Hell, he's even developed a personal relationship with Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor—who is a huge wrestling fan himself—which he talks about on Talk Is Jericho.

Going back to the vocals, they actually resemble that of Aaron Lewis of Staind or Wes Scantlin of Puddle of Mudd more. The vocals are thin at the start, but get less whiny as the song goes along. In fact, you'll start feeling the soul more and more as Tommy Vext's vocals get richer past the first chorus. If you're curious enough to wonder who Vext is, he's the fill-in vocalist for metal band Five Finger Death Punch.



As for the demonic-sounding screams you hear as background vocals, they're actually par for the course in most metal songs, so it wouldn't be surprising if the new U.S. champ had a hand in shaping the way this theme turned out.

Taking a look at the lyrics, you'll notice that the song doesn't really have a second verse once the chorus is sung a second time. Instead, you get a bridge that leads to the song's crescendo, which climaxes into a beautiful mess of hard riffs, trembling bass lines, and soul-crushing screams.

Unlike most new themes that CFO$ has put out this year, this song actually feels complete because it sort of is. And that's a great thing since we've spent too much time on this column bitching about CFO$' repetitive songwriting patterns. The fact that the phrase "end of days" is a huge part of the song's hook is a bonus because it creatively ties in Corbin's gimmick and persona and rounds the song out as a total package.

Comparing "I Bring the Darkness (End of Days)" to its instrumental predecessor and to "Superhuman"—Corbin's original theme from his NXT days—this updated version is ahead by miles. It probably isn't going to contend for Song of the Year in the SGP Podcast Awards in a few months, but I see it making our top 10 list. I'm buying into this track; consider me a convert.

What do you think of Baron Corbin's new theme? Does it still scream "EDGELORD" to you? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can also catch him every month attempting to keep order in a fancy suit as PWR's General Manager. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his Curiouscat account.

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