|Aliens: Music of the Spears|
|Release date(s)||September 1, 1996|
|Cover by||John Bolton|
|Preceded by||Aliens: Labyrinth|
|Followed by||Aliens: Berserker|
THE ALIEN HAS LANDED — AND HE'S CALLING YOU.
New York City, 2124 and the streets are swarming with Alien Jelly addicts and homeless people. High above in air-conditioned offices the powerbrokers look down with disgust. One of them — an entertainment mogul — is planning spectacular revenge on a maniac musician.
Damon Eddington will shock the world with his latest opus — the Symphony of Hate — and knows that the unique sound he seeks to personify his vision of hatred is the scream of the Alien. But where and how is he going to find that elusive razor-sharp cry? The answer lies with the man who would see Damon gain his greatest desire and at the same time meet a dramatic downfall...
Eccentric composer Damon Eddington has become disillusioned with the music industry of the future, which is dominated by soulless electronic cacophony performed by bands consisting of grotesquely deformed android musicians, and which has little time for the kind of old-fashioned, carefully recorded live music that he composes. Determined to finally create something that captivates the public's interest, Eddington approaches his superior at Synsound Corporation, a man named Keene, with a peculiar request — he wants Synsound to obtain for him a real, live Alien, so that he may record the creature's rage-filled screams and incorporate them into his Symphony of Hate, a musical masterpiece that he hopes will be his magnum opus.
Despite his indifference towards Eddington, Keene agrees the project may have potential and contacts his boss, Synsound CEO Yoriku, with a plan to steal a Xenomorph from the company's competitors, MedTech. Yoriku subsequently assigns his most trusted agent, a lethal ninja named Ahiro, the task of acquiring the specimen. Ahiro and his ninjas covertly break into MedTech's headquarters near the Synsound building in Manhattan and steal an Egg from the secret laboratories beneath the building, losing four men and killing several Xenomorph "guard dogs" in the process.
The Egg is installed in a containment cell constructed in the basement of Synsound's Presley Hall concert venue. There, Eddington is joined by bioengineers Michael Brangwen, a huge fan of the composer's work, and Darcy Vance, a workaholic who has little time for music, who will use the project as an opportunity to study the Xenomorph. Ahiro is also assigned to them. With the team assembled, the next task becomes finding a suitable host for the creature. To this end, Ahrio secures Ken Petrillo, a former musician acquaintance of Eddington's now so hopelessly addicted to jelly that he has joined a Xenomorph cult and actively desires to be host for a Chestburster. Eddington in particular is disturbed by the prospect of sacrificing a live human being for the project, particularly someone he used to live and work with. He tries to convince Petrillo to change his mind and seems to be getting through to the fanatical addict, but Ahiro intervenes, presenting Petrillo to the Egg and watching as he is subdued by the Facehugger within.
Eddington and Brangwen in particular are deeply disturbed by witnessing Petrillo's gruesome death, and Eddington secretly resorts to taking a vial of jelly he found in Petrillo's clothing before he was offered up to the Facehugger. His disgust soon turns to obsession as he begins his work with the Xenomorph, which he christens Mozart. Darcy too becomes fascinated by the creature, studying its behavior and characteristics and theorising about the possibility of a human imprinting on such a creature. When Mozart fails to make any suitable sounds for the sophisticated recording equipment installed in the enclosure, Eddington demands live prey be thrown to the creature to "stimulate" it. When cats and dogs provide little challenge for the Xenomorph, Eddington has Ahrio begin stealing more vicious, threatening animals, including bulls and panthers.
Still unsatisfied and becoming increasingly unstable thanks to his growing jelly addiction, Eddington pushes for even more challenging creatures to be pitted against Mozart, leading Ahiro to kidnap five men to be thrown into the enclosure. To improve the challenge, the containment chamber is expanded with a series of adjoining tunnels that might give the victims hope of escape, but which in reality lead only to dead ends. Despite Ahrio's assurance that the five people he has captured are all hopeless jelly junkies, one of the victims is clearly a healthy middle-aged man, in fact a MedTech employee. Brangwen is appalled by the turn the project has taken and even Eddington is somewhat shaken, but the latter ultimately agrees to the slaughter of the humans and one by one they are thrown into the containment chamber, armed with an electrostun rifle to ensure they have a chance, while the audio of their ordeals is recorded.
With the necessary recordings made, the project begins to wind down. Brangwen attends a concert upstairs in the main concert hall to forget about what he has seen, while Darcy stays to spend a few more minutes with Mozart. Eddington, still obsessively seeking one final scream of Xenomorph rage for the climax of his Symphony of Hate, attacks Darcy and throws her to Mozart, but she manages to escape into the tunnels and flee through a secret escape hatch only she and Brangwen were aware of, although she is seriously wounded in the process. An electrical failure shorts out the recording booth, and when a delusional Eddington opens the chamber to record Mozart's slaughter of Darcy on a portable unit, the Xenomorph escapes and brutally kills him.
Mozart enters the concert hall upstairs, and after tearing the android performers apart, wades into the crowd, slaughtering the gathered concert-goers. In the midst of the carnage, a MedTech security team that have been tracking the stolen Egg burst into Presley Hall and eliminate Mozart. In the aftermath, the MedTech team discovers the containment cell in the building's basement, and kill Ahiro when he attacks them. Brangwen finds the wounded Darcy and gets her medical attention.
Some four months later, Brangwen performs Eddington's piece, which he has completed posthumously himself, to a lacklustre crowd in a small concert venue. In attendance are Darcy, Keene and Yoriku, the latter of whom muses that through the Synsound corporate machine he controls, he can turn the retitled Rage Symphony into a powerful and hugely popular piece of music, granting Eddignton the success in death he so craved in life.