Underworld: Blood Wars
Musical Score By: Michael Wandmacher
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the fifth installment of the Underworld film series, Blood Wars, Vampire Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fends off brutal attacks from the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction she was betrayed by. She must stop the eternal war between the Lycans and Vampires. With only Thomas (Charles Dance) and his son David (Theo James) to help her, stopping this war may mean Selene will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
The musical score of Underworld: Blood Wars was created by American composer and songwriter Michael Wandmacher. Beginning his career creating music for local news and commercials, Wandmacher eventually began composing music for shorts and feature films, his first big break composing music for the comedy horror film Modern Vampires. Since then, Wandmacher has created score for television, film and video games. Some of his works include the musical scores of My Bloody Valentine, The Goldbergs, Punisher: War Zone, Bloodborne, Twisted Metal, Singularity, Patient Zero, Voice from the Stone and Imagine Mary.
The Underworld: Blood Wars Soundtrack features a mix of the traditional orchestral sounds of horns, strings and percussion with electronic sound. Heavy percussion and rising crescendo and tempo are used for action sequences. Electronic sound is often used to intensify the more revealing moments of the film. The End Titles Suite features some of the most dramatic parts of this intense, adrenaline pumping score, but really doesn’t do it justice. One has to listen to the whole album to get the full effect. The last track on the album is an alternative rock love song called Sound of Your Scream, written and performed by Melissa Reese: “The sound of your scream / Is like sweet music to me, baby / It keeps me alive.”
Listening to this score, I was immediately transported to that world – I’ve seen two of the now five Underworld films and always marveled at the intensity of Selene and the action scenes found in the films. I could immediately picture Selene at battle with her enemies, struggling to understand what makes them tick and how to solve the current dilemma she finds herself in. Michael Wandmacher’s score is definitely an adrenaline-pumper and I would warn you against listening to it while driving as that need for speed may kick in. A definite winner of a score for this film!