Sound — 9
The soundtrack to Sony Pictures forthcoming motion picture Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans has original tunes that work in conjunction with the movie's sci-fi fantasy motifs crafting a maze of industrial-powered effects and electro-pop circuits bolted in chains of Goth-rock clamps. Produced by Danny Lohner, formerly the bassist for Nine Inch Nails, there are many resemblances in Renholder's (red.lohner spelled backwards) remixes to NIN's music like the towering industrial-Goth lasers and spurts of sonic shrapnel in Genghis Tron's track Board Up The House. The psychedelic riffs of AFI's Miss Murder have an effective spinning with a neon glow creased by dance-club beats. The Cure make an appearance with the shoegazey napalms adorning Underneath The Stars with additional vocals from Tool's lead singer Maynard James Keenan and Milla Jovovich on background vocals. Many of the tracks are masterfully tailored to project other-worldly dimensions and demonic cacophonies, and then sometimes the album cools off like in the sleek molten chablis concocted by Alkaline Trio in Over And Out and the Deftones wonderland of electro-pop ripples draped in frosty sonic glitters snaking along Hole In The Earth. Other notable tracks include William Control's nocturnal feel in Deathclub featuring Alkaline Trio's lead singer Matt Skiba, and Thrice's Broken Lungs remixed by Legion Of Doom. It's an album designed to stir up emotions and evoke the listener to take action.
Lyrics — 8
The overall theme of the lyrics is to shed light on mass corruption and the evils of society creating casualties in its wake like in the Deftones number Hole In The Earth with verses like: Can you explain to me how / You're so evil, how / It's too late for me now / There's a hole in the earth Can you explain to me now / If you're still able / Well, I think you know the truth / There's a hole in the earth Please take a bow / This is the end somewhere, this is the end somewhere. And then sometimes, the lyrics turn inward and even romantic like in the starlit channels of The Cure's Underneath The Stars with images like: Floating here like this with you / Underneath the stars aligned / For 13 billion years, the view, it's beautiful / And ours alone tonight underneath the stars / Spinning round and round with you / Watching shadows melt the light Whisper in my ear a wish / We could drift away so far / Your voice inside of my head like this, it's infinite Flying here like this with you / Underneath the stars aligned Together as now forever as one / In each other's arms so near and so far / Together as now underneath the stars / As the wave break.
Overall Impression — 8
The soundtrack offers club tracks with meat on them. The cinescopic dimension of the songs make for a perfect backdrop in this sci-fi fantasy movie, and the scorching Gothic-tones speckling the album enhance the desperation projected in the storyline of the movie. The crux of the movie revolves around the struggle for power between the Death Dealers who are aristocratic vampires, and the Lycans who are barbaric werewolves. The Lycans leader, Lucian wages a battle against the vampires to free the Lycans from their captivity and brutality. The soundtrack heightens the intensity of this fight into cataclysmic proportions. The movie is about the rise of heroes and heroines against a despotic figure, and the music makes this image more tangible.