Music By: Various Artists

Musical Score By: Tyler Bates

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            It all began in Scotland when a horrific and lethal virus called the Reaper caused the powers that be to close off the country.  Three decades later, the virus resurfaces in a major city outside of the quarantine zone.  An elite group of scientists, led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), enters the quarantine zone in an effort to find a cure.  Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the quarantine zone are noneótoo-happy to see them and escaping the area with the cure, let alone their lives seems to be an insurmountable challenge.

            The soundtrack of Doomsday features songs by Adam and the Ants, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Ariel Rechtshaid, as well as an original musical score composed by Tyler Bates.  Music was an obsession for Tyler Bates from a very young age.  A musician as well as composer, Bates enjoyed playing in bands, but soon found that his passion lay in creating musical compositions for movies.  Since then, he has created musical scores for The Devilís Rejects, Dawn of the Dead, Rob Zombieís Halloween and 300

            The dark theme of the Doomsday movie led me to believe that the soundtrack would be just as dark and sinister.  I was not disappointed.  There is a chaotic sense of darkness mixed with urgency laced throughout Tyler Batesí musical score for the film.  The music is intense, giving the listener an idea as to what is going through Sinclairís mind as she leads her team through the nightmarish hell that has become the quarantine zone.  Harsh mixes of sound create the perfect impression of the chaos and anger that permeate the streets of the forgotten in Scotland.  The fast-paced musical composition of Sword Fight, Train Escape and Hospital Battle denotes the action taking place in each scene.  All of this is exactly what I expected from this soundtrack.  I hadnít expected to find Frankie Goes to Hollywood on this album, but I suppose that the lyrics of Two Tribes mixed with scenes from the movie as it is in the Carnage Mix fits Doomsday perfectly.  However, I am still trying to figure out where The Can Can from Ariel Rechtshaid fits in.

            All in all, the Doomsday Soundtrack is everything an action movie fan can expect from a movie soundtrack. Tyler Batesí score perfectly captures the theme of the movie and would have been perfect on their own without the addition of the music by various artists.  However, I have to question whether anyone would buy this soundtrack without having seen the movie.  To me, without knowing the content for which the Doomsday Soundtrack was created, I would probably pass this one up at the store.  Itís not exactly stand alone material.


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