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Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records
www.entertheunderworld.com


The soundtrack for Sony Pictures' latest sci-fi fantasy/action-adventure flick Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans features a well-rounded roster of veterans and emerging artists. Produced by Nine Inch Nails' bass player Danny Lohner, the soundtrack takes space rock into the haunting realm of Goth sweetened by amalgams of industrial-acid and techno-pop. Some songs are impaled by futuristic-nuances and breathe fire out of every pore like Genghis Tron's "Board Up The House," and then there are others that are made of melodic rock flesh and ethereal substances woven into orchestral swirls like Ghosts On The Radio's "Steal My Romance." Most tracks are remixes tinkered by Renholder (red.lohner spelled backwards), Wes Borland (guitarist for Limp Bizkit), Legion Of Doom, and Jnrsnchz Blaqkout, but a few are left as is, including Black Light Burns' tune "I Want You To," King Black Acid's "Let's Burn," and Ghosts On The Radio's "Steal My Romance." It's an album that works well with the movie, but it can be taken independent of the film with tracks that have a social meaning on their own.

The storyline of Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans centers around the main character Lucian who is a werewolf intent on freeing his kind from the malicious Death Dealers who are vampires. But not all vampires are made the same as the subplot shows Lucian's secret lover to be the beautiful vampire named Sonja who assists him in his fight. The soundtrack goes through twists and turns emblematic of the movie, crossing between scenes of war with moments of serene contemplation and aiming for a light in the distance. These moments of quiet reflection are bannered by Alkaline Trio's track "Over And Out" and the Deftones' offering "Hole In The Earth."

The Cure also makes a poignant contribution with their usual luminous hues and shoegazey burns in "Underneath The Stars," which showcases the vocal stylizing of the band's lead singer Robert Smith along with Tool's Maynard James Keenan and background vocals from actress Milla Jovovich. More club-driven tracks include the industrial-churned, acid-rock mixture of "Lighten Up Francis" from Keenan's side project Puscifer, the techno-funnels and sonic blasts of AFI's "Miss Murder," and the Goth-fisted hooks of William Control's "Deathclub" featuring Alkaline Trio's lead singer Matt Skiba. Thrice also comes in with a chunky helping of modern rock tangled in electro-pop reams in "Broken Lungs" remixed by Legion Of Doom. The architecture of the tracks has a majestic presence while banked by ominous silhouettes and macabre tones like a Gothic cathedral shrouded in a spooky setting of tomblike trees and a sinister-looking sky.

The album takes listeners on the edge of living through a nightmare, and takes them away from the nightmare with ethereal-pop havens. Movements glide from a subliminal force, explode into stormy showers like pent-up steam erupting from a volcano, and brighten with an array of hues resembling a sunset. The songs move in different directions, and yet, they all have a common kindred trait tying them together and showing that they all come from the same family. Soundtracks are usually a mishmash of music, but the Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans compilation keeps it all in the family.

-Susan Frances

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