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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans [Soundtrack, Import]

Paul Haslinger Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Lakeshore
  • ASIN: B001QBC438
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album 8 May 2010
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Awesome Album, absolutly fantastic, Moody and atmopheric. Well worth buying for any Underworld fan.

I gave it four star because 11 tracks just wasn't enough, but i guess if there were more tracks then the tracks would be shorter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Greatest Underworld Score 9 Feb 2010
By Media Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Haslinger has really outdone himself with this one. Although it's short, noisy and to the point... it certainly gets the job done! Bits of classical, industrial, world, metal, ambient and even jazz pop up in this beautifully rendered score. Lucian and Sonja's love story is underscored by dark piano, tortured strings and brutal electronics. Similarly, Sonja's execution is scored to tragic perfection utilizing a heavier string sound than Haslinger has used in this series yet. The action music is up to par with the first two scores and is both intense and wonderfully textured.

I really don't have much more to say on the matter! This is a really good soundtrack, and perhaps the best combination for the series yet!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The lycans rise 25 Dec 2009
By Fourlocks - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy both the soundtracks and scores of the Underworld films. I found this score to fit in the others that have preceded it. My only problem is I have seen this film only once and so I do not find the music sequences as identifiable as those from the first two films because I have seen those multiple times. I like the music and find that Mr. Haslinger definitely captures the dark tone of the films quite well. His music absolutely adds to the action and suspense of the Underworld movies, adding more drama to the already intense scenes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity 6 Jan 2010
By Jon Broxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The third film in the Underworld series, Rise of the Lycans features a new actress in the lead role (Rhona Mitra instead of Kate Beckinsale), and is effectively a prequel to the original two films, charting the events leading up to the vampire-werewolf war which dominates the first two installments. Essentially a Romeo and Juliet variation, the film tells the story of enslaved werewolf Lucian (Michael Sheen), who has been the property of vampire elder Viktor (Bill Nighy) since birth, and who falls in love with Viktor's daughter Sonja (Rhona Mitra). Their love, Viktor's betrayal by his daughter, Lucien's escape from captivity, and the subsequent execution of Sonja by the vampire lords, sets in motion the centuries-long battle for supremacy between vampire and Lycans.

The film is directed by Patrick Tatopoulos and has an original score by former Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger, who also wrote the score for the first film. Haslinger's music, while firmly rooted in the progressive synth style of his work with Tangerine Dream and his own earlier scores, contains an unexpectedly broad and engaging symphonic element; the opening "The Rise of the Lycans", for example, combines the orchestral and electronic elements well, and despite the still frustrating reliance on synth percussion and harsh, but simple industrial rhythms in the second half of the cue, is much more impressive than one might have expected. Similarly, the central action sequences - "The Arrow Attack", "Court Battle Suite", "Storming the Castle" and the conclusive "Per Aspera Ad Astra" - contain much more organic material in terms of orchestral performance than his Underworld predecessor score would suggest, and even work in some sampled choral elements once in a while. It would be interesting to hear what kind of sound Haslinger could create if he left his sequencers at home.

That's the most frustrating thing about Rise of the Lycans: the makings of a pretty decent orchestral action/horror score are all here, but you can't hear them properly for all the synthetic elements obscuring them. "Lucian and Sonja's Love Theme" and "The Most Precious Thing to My Heart" have a twisted, tortured quality to it, pitting booming solo piano chords against a grungy metallic background, and although they by no means conventionally romantic, they will surely appeal to the Goth/Emo/Vampire youngsters at whom this franchise is aimed. Overall, this one should be in the `better than you might think' pile, considering Haslinger's reputation, but it still comes across as a missed opportunity, and could have been so much more satisfying had they gone for a composer with a more traditional Gothic sound.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Companion to the Film, But Not Worth it as an Album 5 Mar 2009
By Phoenix Child - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I actually liked the film "Rise of the Lycans." I am a fan of the Underworld franchise and I enjoyed both the fleshing out of the original backstory as well as the superb acting turned in by Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy. Being an avid collector of film soundtracks and scores, I was quite keen to get my hands on the "Rise of the Lycans" score by Paul Haslinger, who also composed the original film.

While I wasn't disappointed, I wasn't blown away, either. Listening to the score, I've found myself rather straddling the fence betwixt good and bad to reach a sort of 'blah' grey area.

"Rise of the Lycans" is an epic period piece that gave enormous opportunities for orchestral greatness that Haslinger neatly dodged; while no song on this album is bad, per se, neither are any of them standouts. There is no particular theme to pick up on in any point, no dramatic orchestration or heartrending melodies; instead, there is mild pleasantness and good scoring for a battle scene, and that's about it.

"The Rise of the Lycans" is the first track, and arguably one of the best on this CD. It's one of the few exciting pieces that comes close to establishing a genuine theme or mood. This is followed by the equally pleasing "Lucian and Sonja's Love Theme" which is again not a theme, but a pleasant piece of scoring.

After this fairly promising opening, however, the score slips into a tried and true (and boring) method of scoring horror movies - establishing ambiance and maintaining that creeping feeling through most of the tracks. Songs three through six slip by almost without notice, with each song having one good point hidden amidst the usual ambiant noise.

"Court Battle Suite" is when we again start to slip into some original score work, though it isn't more than mediocre. Haslinger really opens up for perhaps the first time on "Sonja's Trial and Execution," which is a fairly emotive piece that has a very dramatic ending that finally catches the listener's attention and segues very smoothly into the "Storming the Castle" battle sequence, which is thankfully more pulse-pounding than some of the other fare.

"Per Aspera Ad Astra" is perhaps the best song on the album, a seven-minute-long piece the contains all the different elements of the rest of the "Rise of the Lycans" score, and plays Haslinger's composer's hand rather elegantly. A neat little remix to the first song "The Rise of the Lycans" isn't particularly stirring but is a good way to top off the album by changing/adding to the first track, which was one of the better ones.

In the end, "Rise of the Lycans" is worth the listen if you are a fan of the Underworld franchise or of Haslinger himself, but is nowhere near good enough for those fans of genuine orchestral music. It accomplishes its purpose as a film score by adding to the cinema, but without its movie accompanying it, "Rise of the Lycans" is a rather unstirring experience.

Ultimately, I can compare it to Christophe Beck's similarly underwhelming "Elektra" film score: pleasant to the ear with almost no substance, "Rise of the Lycans" will slip in one ear and out the other with no harm done. At an only 36 minute length album, there are worse things out there to spend your money on.

3 1/3 out of 5 stars.
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