Okay, so there I was in the middle of my local cemetery. It was 11:59 p.m., and I was decked out all in black leather, CD player in hand, preparing myself for the audio experience that was the sound track to the new flick Underworld-Evolution. I figured that if I was about to review this evil collection of tunes, I would give myself over to it completely.
At the moment my watch hit midnight, I pushed the play button…
Puscifer’s track, “The Undertaker (Renholder Mix)”, came to life with an eerie buzz of vocals, which gave way to a techno inspired heavy bass beat that methodically pounded into my ears. I was a little freaked out, you know, the cemetery and all. But I liked the feeling, and, more than that, I thought this was a good start.
After the first track passed away, I was greeted with “Morning After”. A guitar infused, techno savvy rock track, lead by the strong vocals of Linkin Park’s Chester Benninton. Although not as hard as some of the tunes I’ve heard from Linkin Park, this song does get the blood flowing. And flow it does, right into Hawthorne Heights’ “Where Do I Stab Myself in the Ears (Legion of Doom Remix)”. Another infused song that, along with the masochistic title, captured a feeling of rhythmic torment. A torment I was really getting into.
But, alas, this feeling quickly went cold, only to be replaced by the upbeat sound of My Chemical Romance’s “To the End (RnR Cheryl Mix)”. Although enjoyable, this song seemed out of place with the dark, Goth-like feel of the other tracks. I felt at odds with my environment. This was no place for such agreeable rock. The departure continued with Slipknot’s “Vermillion pt 2 (Bloodstone Mix)”. A ballad of sorts, “Vermillion pt 2”, is a haunting track that made the hair on my arms stand up. It was the perfect song for those long moonlit cemetery walks, and possibly the best song on the CD.
Stalking Slipknot was Alkaline Trio’s “Burn (Alleged Remix)”, a return to the earlier electronic beat driven tracks sans their rock edge. This track is soft, as Slipknot’s, but lacks the anguish so expertly evoked in “Vermillion”.
As the air grew frigid, and darkness enveloped me, my mind began to play tricks. I felt like someone was watching me, following me. At the very same moment, “The Last Sunrise (Dusk Mix)”, from Aiden, let out a distorted pulse. I froze, and scanned the landscape for any signs of movement. “The Last Sunrise” heightened my fears; it’s definitely not the song to hear when you think someone’s following you. Something was happening to this CD. It was changing, morphing into something larger, more muscular, and definitely more hairy.
It began with Senses Fail, and their angst riddled song “Bite to Break the Skin (The Legion of Doom Remix)”. This song is layered with driving beats, squealing guitar riffs, and vocals that switched from melodic to throat ripping. Atreyu’s “Her Portrait in Black”, the next track, takes this raw energy to the next level. Its mosh pit inducing drum beats thrusts you headlong into the hunt. You want to tear off your clothes, and run wildly into the night. “Washing Away Me in the Tides”, by Trivium, and “Eternal Battle”, by Mendozza, grab this intensity and drag it, kicking and screaming, through the next eight minutes of music.
“Our Truth”, by Lacuna Coil, add harplike vocals to the male dominated guttural sounds, bringing with it a sound reminiscent of early nineties rock. It’s not thrash metal, but it has a backbone. Gosling, with their song “Cat People (putting out the fire)”, sounds like something straight out of a David Lynch movie. It’s slightly offbeat, and, again, not really in time with the rest of this CD. But “Why Are You Up”, by Bobby Gold, methodically strikes back with a naughty track that even Kate Beckinsale couldn’t resist getting sweaty to.
And just as you’re about to score with one glistening Kate, in a cemetery no less, Meat Beat Manifesto’s “Suicide” breaks the groove. Its message of death, was not the problem, it’s the repetitive lyrics, and creative void, that annoy the listener. And most likely would cause Kate to sink her protracted canines into your fleshy neck.
As I left the cemetery, single, I parted with the last song on this soundtrack, “Halloween 2”, by Cradle of Filth. Its rapid fire drum beat put some the jump back in steps. It’s loud, angry, and full of life. All the things one needs after they’ve spent the night among the dead.