On December 5 the Apocalypto soundtrack comes out in stores everywhere.

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"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within"

- W. Durant

From Academy Award® winning filmmaker Mel Gibson (The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart), comes Apocalypto: a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

The soundtrack recording, on Hollywood Records, features score by Academy Award® winning composer James Horner (Titanic, All The King's Men) and features vocals by Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Having reached audiences numbering in the millions with his symphonic film scores, Los Angeles-born James Horner began writing for films in 1980, shortly after completing his doctorate in composition at UCLA, following earlier study at London's Royal Academy of Music and University of Southern California. Horner's first assignment was the scoring of a short film entitled The Drought for the American Film Institute. He further developed his craft in the commercial arena at New World Pictures, under the aegis of low-budget producer Roger Corman. At New World Pictures he also forged important long-term relationships with two emerging young directors, Ron Howard and James Cameron.

Horner's contrasting scores for Brainstorm and 48 Hrs. (for which he earned a Los Angeles Film Critics Association award) helped establish him as an important and versatile new film composer. Horner went on to write scores for such films as Casper, Clear and Present Danger, The Man Without a Face, Patriot Games, The Perfect Storm, Cocoon and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. James Horner became a household name with the score for Titanic, earning Oscars for Best Score and Best Song and is the biggest-selling film score in history, having sold over 28 million copies worldwide.

Qawwali singer Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan provided vocal solos for Apocalypto. He is the nephew of the famed Qawwali singer, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and son of Farroukh Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn selected his nephew at birth to tutor in Qawwali music, a form of Islamic devotional music native to Pakistan and India. And after Nusrat's death, Rahat took over as the lead of his uncle's group. He has released a CD in the United States and has sung with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

Touchstone Pictures presents Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, in theaters on December 8. The Hollywood Records soundtrack, featuring score by James Horner with vocal solos performed by Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will be in stores on December 5.

Evan Jacobs