Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Music By: Various Artists

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.

            As in all of the Underworld movies, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is big on action.  Thus, the soundtrack for the film would require heavy-hitting, intense music to punctuate all of the action taking place in the film.  To this end, Executive Soundtrack Album Producers Skip Williamson and Brian McNellis, with the help of Soundtrack Album Producer Danny Lohner assembled a 16-track album featuring remixed music from rock, goth and industrial acts such as Puscifer, Black Light Burns, Thrice, Blaqk Audio, AFI, Deftones, The Cure, Alkaline Trio and more.

            I have often enjoyed heavy metal and goth music remixes created especially for movie soundtracks.  In fact, the movie soundtracks of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation are prime examples of this style and hold a proud place in my soundtrack collection.  However, for some reason, while listening to the soundtrack of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, I became increasingly annoyed and, actually, quite bored.  The first couple of tracks were not bad and reminded me of the music on the Mortal Kombat soundtracks.  These were metal mixed with industrial/electronic dance and were somewhat enjoyable.  But once we got to Over and Out by Alkaline Trio, I was less enthused.  By Stiff Kittens I was becoming impatient for the album to end and once I reached I Want You To, I was done.

            Thatís right, I stopped listening to the soundtrack.  When was the last time you read that in any of my soundtrack reviews?  Never Ė I never stop listening to a soundtrack, or if I do, I usually go back to it before I write the review.  This time, I refuse to put this CD back into my player.  Iím sure the music performs well as background to the actual film, but as a soundtrack, I was totally put off by it all.  After a few tracks, the music sounded like so much noise pounding my skull into oblivion.  Fans of the film might want to pick up this soundtrack to complete their Underworld collection.  Enthusiasts of the bands featured might be interested in checking out the remixes of songs they enjoy.  But as for soundtrack collectors Ė the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Soundtrack is one album worth skipping. 


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