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Resident Evil: Extinction
Lakeshore Records


The soundtrack to the movie Resident Evil: Extinction, the third film in the Resident Evil franchise, is packed with modern powerhouse metal acts like Shadows Fall, Chimaira, Throwdown, and Emanuel, and evens the score with a few slices of contemporary melodic hard rock artists like Flyleaf, It Dies Today, Bayside, and Aiden. The soundtrack makes contact with every type of contemporary rock variation making its way into music fans ipods, and contains periodic orchestral interludes composed by Charlie Clouser (NIN, Type O Negative). This compilation exposes fans to artists which they may have never checked out unless the music was connected to a visual like scenes from the movie. Every track is worth noting, which is a credit to Lakeshore Records who put the soundtrack together. The selections chosen for the soundtrack each sound like they could be applied to the movie which centers on the main character, played by Milla Yovovich, who is a survivor of a post-apocalyptic world.

Some of the tracks are remixes like Flyleaf's "I'm So Sick" and Aiden's "One Love" which are swabbed by techno-club tweaks made by the duo of Chad Blinman and Trever Keith who form The Legion Of Doom. One of the best re-mastering's is Bayside's "Duality" which is consumed by a gorgeous swirling string arrangement with elastic slings and graceful dynamics. Other remixes include the techno-metal tactics and exotic tones of Collide on "White Rabbit" and the iron weighted grunts of Emanuel on "Scenotaph." The remix of The Bled's track "Asleep On The Frontlines" racks space rock with modern metal which creates a cross section of Depeche Mode with Senses Fail. Fightstar's "Deathcar" also has a way of shifting templates from grind metal crunching to melodic hard rock phrasings which flow naturally and keep the listener's attention active.

The soundtrack's heady metal acts include Shadows Fall's "Stupid Crazy" which curries feisty guitar spins and tugging vocals at a dizzy rate, while Emigrate's "My World" cooks up funky-metal grooves reminiscent of Korn. Throwdown's "I, Suicide" is absolutely barbaric and hair pulling manic. Chimaira's "Paralyzed" is brutally pouncing with vocal grunts emitting a demonic droning. Poison The Well's whipping velocity and surly voicing on "Wrecking Itself, Taking You With Me" is brooding while threading experimental rock phrases with key melodic transitions which gives the tune a certain level of beauty.

The post-hardcore vibe and wallop of melodic rock clasps on It Dies Today's "Sixth Of June" is like The Receiving End Of Sirens and Thrice and turns the album into a trek of melodic hard rock derivatives like "Catch Me" from City Sleeps and "Contagious" by Searchlight giving the soundtrack an upbeat vibrancy, spirited vocals, and buoyant movements and rhythms with a softcore punk edge. These are the tunes along with Bayside's track "Duality" which keep your head above the water while the metal rock tracks drown you into their fury. The album ends as it began with an orchestral piece composed by Charlie Clouser. His interludes are like a ramp that segues into the next stage of the soundtrack and takes you deeper into Resident Evil's lair. They are very haunting pieces that make you feel weary about entering.

Resident Evil: Extinction's soundtrack is as good as modern metal rock gets. The cast of not so well-known artists like City Sleeps and Searchlight gives fans a chance to hear music that they may have not been exposed to but are worth listening. The remixes are impressive and the album makes an instant impact on the listener. Whether you love it or hate it, the songs set the mood for the movie which portrays a post-apocalyptic world.

-Susan Frances

Tracklisting:
1. Main Title - Charlie Clouser
2. Stupid Crazy - Shadows Fall
3. I'm So Sick - Flyleaf vs. The Legion Of Doom
4. My World - Emigrate
5. Duality - Bayside And Project Alice String
6. Losing - Charlie Clouser
7. One Love - Aiden vs. The Legion Of Doom
8. Deathcar - Fightstar
9. I, Suicide - Throwdown
10. White Rabbit - Collide
11. Paralyzed - Chimaira
12. Laser Tunnel - Charlie Clouser
13. Asleep On The Frontlines - The Bled
14. Catch Me - City Sleeps
15. Contagious - Searchlight
16. Scenotaph - Emanuel
17. Sixth Of June - It Dies Today
18. Wrecking Itself Taking You With Me - Poison The Well
19. Convoy - Charlie Clouser


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