Sound — 9
Just like the CD cover with three teeth on strings, 20 songs on the soundtrack are scary, horrifying, nasty and frightful. It's a treat for any hard rock music fan - not only there're songs on one compilation worth two albums, but the cast is also stellar. Bands like Slayer, Lamb Of God, Helmet, Meshuggah and Blue October presented their songs on Saw III Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, out October 24 on Artist Addiction Records. There are even two exclusive tracks from Static-X No Submission and Drowning Pool No More. The album features the best guitar works from a bunch of famous artists. There's creativity (Blue October Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek), chunky chords (Helmet Monochrome), dual guitar work (All That Remains This Calling), speed (Avenged Sevenfold with Burn It Down, Ministry Fear Is Big Business and almost every second track). As well as guitarists, the drummers are competing in speed -- tracks like Mastodon's The Wolf Loose and Avenged Sevenfold's Burn It Down sound like the bands have been using machine guns instead of drum sets. Blue October, probably the most underrated band on the soundtrack, presents Drilled A Wire Through My Cheek -- a song with slow haunting chilling verses and loud bombing choruses. Static-X's No Submission is more electronic than everything else. The track is very intense and short (not even 3 minutes) with vocalist Wayne Static barking like a little dog all way though. Monochrome by Helmet is a mellow track with sharp solo guitar, featuring jazz-influenced harmonies. Burn It Down by Avenged Sevenfold has happy major guitar chords and minor melody. The combination sounds pretty insane esp. in a song as stuffed with changes as Burn It Down. Charlie Clouser with Sh*! hole Theme closes the album. It's a beautiful instrumental, worth being a theme to an apocalypses movie. The track draws the pictures of a burned earth with dead bodies still in a fire, pounding drums add a horror feel.
Lyrics — 8
There are 19 tracks, each about something scary -- from physical pain to metal illness. You'll find a plot for your future nightmare among the lyrics for sure. When it comes to vocals the stand-out track is Killer Inside by Hydrovibe featuring actress from the movie Shawnee Smith. The vocalist's Heather St. Marie voice differs from all the screaming, yelling and soaring guys on the CD, making them sound mediocre. In spite of the popular opinion about male vocals in hard rock and metal, Killer Inside makes you feel sorry there are not too many female-singing bands. Marie has a powerful deep voice, performing anger with hysteria. The aforementioned Smith, who admits to be a Hydrovibe fan, performs some cameo backup vocals. Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M.Shadows sings Burn It Down in a cat-manner voice. You keep wondering was it now or miaow has just sang. The idea is cool and gives the song a certain character, but still leaves me wishing he could hit higher notes in the song.
Overall Impression — 8
I know I wrote in the beginning that Saw III Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a must for any hard rock music fan, but it's a great album to listen to for any music lover as well. There's a slew of acts, who are admitted to be thrash's greatest heroes, all songs are the artists' newest, very individual and present the bands from heir better side. The fact is sad enough, but instead of presenting some new and promising bands and give them a chance of promotion, the CD features a bunch of already known guys with quite a high level of popularity, giving the movie directors a chance to add to the movie profit. One last word -- there's not a single song written for the movie.