Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Musical Score

Music By: Paul Haslinger

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Every fan of the Underworld series wonders about the origins of the centuries-old feud between the vampires, or Death Dealers, and the werewolves, otherwise known as the Lycans.  In Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, fans finally get some more insight as we watch Lucian (Michael Sheen) rise to become a powerful leader who rallies the Lycans to rise up against the slavery forced upon them by the vampires under their cruel king, Viktor (Billy Nighy).  Aiding him in his struggle is a vampire named Sonja (Rhonda Mitra) whose interest in Lucian sparks a forbidden love affair that will not be denied.

            The musical score of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was created by Paul Haslinger, an Austrian-born musician and composer with an impressive résumé.  Classically trained in Salzburg and Vienna, Haslinger expanded his musical knowledge by studying electronica as well.  He joined the pioneering group Tangerine Dream, releasing four albums and collaborated on numerous film projects over five years.  After leaving Tangerine Dream, Haslinger became a programmer for composer Graeme Revell, working on films like Blow, The Negotiator, Tomb Raider and more.  In 2000, Haslinger composed the musical score for Cheaters.  Since then, he has worked on scores for Crazy/Beautiful, Blue Crush, Into the Blue, Underworld, The Italian Job, Crank and more.

            Unlike the soundtrack, which featured various artists and was deafeningly dismal in my opinion, the musical score of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans was very well done.  Paul Haslinger created a soundtrack that was perfectly in tune with what was taking place in the film.  Action sequences were underscored by music that pretty much defined the word action – music with a pace that became faster and faster and with a sound that rose in crescendo until it became a swirling, high-pitched storm as the action reached its peak.  Music with ominous undertones – deep and dark bass and horns – was used for moments in the film that are important to the backstory of Underworld.

            Paul Halsinger did an excellent job in composing the musical score for this film.  The musical score of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is the perfect accompaniment to the visuals of the movie.  The album would make an excellent addition to the collection of any fan of the Underworld series.


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