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4.0 out of 5 stars The lighter shade of black?, 1 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: Underworld Evolution: Rise of the Lycans (Audio CD)
Being a big fan of AFI, The Cure and various electronic artists including Blaqk Audio, not to mention the films themselves, I knew I would enjoy this as soon as I saw it. There are actually only three original recordings on here, the rest have all been remixed and it makes for a wonderfully unique collection. Danny Lohner (ex-N.I.N) has remixed the majority of the songs (all the tracks labelled Renholder Remix) with a hand from his good friend Wes Borland (ex-Limpbizkit) on a couple of tracks.
Here is my opinion on each track:
1. Lighten Up Francis (JLE Dub Mix) by Puscifer - Maynard James Keenan (of Tool) tried his hand at electronic music to great results! This remix is big loud and dirty! In the style of Downward Spiral-era NIN but with plenty of Maynard's personality shining through.
2. Underneath The Stars (Renholder Remix) by The Cure featuring Maynard James Keenan/Puscifer and Milla Jovovich - One of my favourites! I think I prefer this to the original! To be honest I can't really hear Maynard's voice anywhere, I would have preferred if the track was lengthened and he sang a verse, but its still great. Milla's voice really adds to the track and keeping the tempo slowed gives the song a darker and more epic feel than the original. Well recommended.
3. Nasty Little Perv (Renholder Remix) by Perry Farrell - Reminds me of the Filter & The Crystal Method song (Can't You) Trip Like I Do from the Spawn soundtrack, its all big crunching guitars with a energetic dance sound keeping the pace going. Perry's voice works great with this style and its a good song, although I found it a little out of place on this album, especially following a Cure song!
4. Hole In The Earth (Renholder Remix) by Deftones - I love Deftones and this is probably the most instant and listenable track from their Saturday Night Wrist album, but for the remix its been kept slow and dark, which fits well with the Underworld theme, and the overall sound of this soundtrack.
5. Miss Murder (VNV Nation Remix) by AFI - I think I probably would have bought this album just for this song as I love AFI and VNV Nation! I was not disappointed, this is a great remix. Fans of VNV will instantly recognise their style although AFI fans will be shocked to find the only thing they recognise is Davey Havok's voice! This has grow on me more and more with every listen and I bet AFI were thrilled with what has been done with their hit single. This, The Cure track and the next track are my favourite songs in this collection.
6. Over And Out (Renholder Remix) by Alkaline Trio - A real surprise track, and a pleasant one at that. Being used to tracks like Private Eye and Stupid Kid, I didn't expect Matt Skiba's voice to sound so delicate on a string-heavy slow building epic of a track. I'll be picking up a copy of the newest Alkaline Trio album on the back of this!
7. Deathclub (Wes Borland/Renholder Remix) William Control featuring Matt Skiba - Another strong track, sounds like Alkaline Trio playing Bloodhound Gang, its dark but catchy and energetic.
8. Board Up The House (Renholder Remix) by Genghis Tron - Not a bad song by any means but just didn't really capture my interest, a slow start breaks into a heavy section and the pace picks up for the end.
9. Stiff Kittens (Jnrsnchz Blaqkout Remix) by Blaqk Audio - Anyone who knows AFI will most probably know this is Davey and Jade's side-project that resulted in the brilliant album Cexcells. I would have preferred to hear Danny Lohner remix the track Cities Of Night as I think it would have fitted better with the albums overall sound, but this is an interesting take on a great song. I prefer the original but this version has enough going on to stand up on its own.
10. Broken Lungs (Legion Of Doom Remix) by Thrice - I quite like Thrice, their quieter moments on the Vheissu album were very well written. This is a good track, I think the vocals are a little over distorted (I would have preferred to hear Dustin's impressive strong voice over the electronic layers) but the song still sounds pretty good.
11. Today We Are All Demons (Beneath The World Mix) by Combichrist - This tracks gonna cost me because now I want to get some Combichrist and Icon of Coil albums! A creepy piano melody starts the song and then the electronic layers come in and the keys weave in and out. Good vocals and lyrics, a very strong track in this collection.
12. I Want You To by Black Light Burns - Wes Borland's band donate a big sleazy track, that gets your head bobbing and your feet tapping while keeping the dark theme with some haunting keyboards, well worth a listen.
13. Two Birds, One Stone (Wes Borland/Renholder Remix) by Drop Dead, Gorgeous - Another pleasant surprise! Hadn't heard of this relatively new band but will check them out now. The jittery remixed vocals are a bit annoying at times but generally a very good song with a catchy chorus vocal hook.
14. Let's Burn by King Black Acid - Doesn't really do anything for me, can't say I enjoy it. Sounds similar to the Perry Farrell track but not half as catchy and the voice annoys me.
15.Tick Tock Tomorrow (Wes Borland/Renholder Remix) by From First To Last - I'm not into this band but a good remix if you like them, lots of electronic samples and a catchy chorus, Im sure the fans would love it.
16. Steal My Romance by Ghosts On The Radio - Sure to be the next big thing, but I'll stick with AFI! A solid song with lots of strings etc big rock guitars and a vocalist who can sing, sure to be big with the kids in '09. Have to admit I found myself nodding along here and there!
Overall a good collection with plenty of variety, as long as you like it dark! I've played this a lot more than other soundtracks I've bought before, so I'd recommend it. If you want something a bit softer try the Donnie Darko soundtrack with INXS, Joy Division etc, or if you want something a bit heavier go for the Spawn album with Metallica, Korn, Slayer etc. Of course, theres also the first two Underworld films soundtracks as well! If you get this and want to discover more of the bands then I recommend any AFI album, Blaqk Audio's Cexcells, Judgement by VNV Nation, and The Cure's Pornography and Disintergration albums. Also, try Assemblage 23's Defiance album and Apoptygma Berzerk's You And Me Against The World album if your discovering electronic music, you won't be disappointed!
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Hi there a so much lovely review so much time spent and so little I HAVE Thank you x
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