What's The Song In The Meg 2: The Trench Trailer?

2018's "The Meg" took a monster-sized bite out of the box office upon release, bringing in $530 million worldwide. With those numbers and the inherent appeal of Jason Statham battling underwater beasts, a sequel was all but inevitable, and now, we've got our first look at the follow-up with the trailer for "Meg 2: The Trench." It promises more shark action as well as some other creatures who aim to ruin plenty of family vacations. The trailer's appropriately campy, blending elements of comedy and horror into one pure-adrenaline shock-fest. 

After a cold opening of prehistoric creatures consuming one another, culminating in the titular Megalodon eating a Tyrannosaurus Rex, we get into the main action of the plot, set to the highly appropriate tune of "Barracuda" by Heart. It's a classic rock staple, and even though giant barracudas aren't in the trailer, it gives off the necessary aquatic vibes. And it's fast-paced guitar riff keeps the momentum going as the trailer moves from one ridiculous beat to the next, with the carnage level taken to the max.

Barracuda is about a different kind of slimy bottom feeder

Heart is a regular staple in cinematic needle drops. In fact, the band's song "Crazy on You" was recently featured in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" during Adam Warlock's big entrance. The band has numerous iconic tracks to their name, with "Barracuda" being among the most recognizable. But even though it's being used for a fish-based tale, the song itself actually has nothing to do with the sea creatures. 

According to Far Out Magazine, the song is a diss toward Heart's old record label, Mushroom Records. Mushroom did many things without the Wilson sisters' permission, including implying the two were in an incestuous affair, which hounded them for years from reporters. Mushroom also released their in-progress album "Magazine" without their permission. After one particular incident, Ann Wilson channeled her rage into the lyrics for "Barracuda," which was basically an anthem against all of the sleaze in the music industry. As she said in one interview, "'Barracuda' was created conceptually out of a lot of this record business bulls***. 'Barracuda' could be anyone from the local promotion man to the president of a record company. That is the barracuda."

The song proved to be an instant smash, becoming the band's calling card of sorts. The song has been used as a needle drop in many films and trailers, from "Charlie's Angels" to "Shrek the Third." While it's often used to symbolize female rage, "Meg 2: The Trench" takes a more literal route by making it about sea creatures. But who knows? A female megalodon eating everything in her path could also serve as an allegory for female-empowered anger.