Various Artists - Resident Evil Extinction Soundtrack
Personally I am a big fan of the original Resident Evil soundtrack. The tracks done by Marilyn Manson, in particular, were really well done and as a whole that album's tracks went a long way to capture the essence of a pretty good horror flick. The sequel, "Apocalypse", didn't do much for me as a movie or it's soundtrack. Now the new RE film has been released and it's accompanying soundtrack sits here in my hands. What does it have to offer?
Sadly, not a whole lot. Charlie Clouser (of NiN fame) worked the actual film score, and the few examples of that work found on the disc are short and nothing too special. I haven't seen the film yet so I can't tell if it works in that context or not. The soundtrack is, however, chock full of some of today's hottest rock and metal acts. Shadows Fall make an early appearance with "Stupid Crazy", a very aggressive song even for them. Legion of Doom make a few appearances, reworking other band's tracks and these are some of the album's highlights for sure. Their touch on the Flyleaf track "I'm So Sick" in particular is very nice. A song that's been getting alot of attention would have to be Emigrate's "My World". If you didn't know, Emigrate is the newish project from Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe, and "My World" is a pretty catchy track.
And this is more or less where the album loses me. There's a cover of the classic Jefferson Airplane drug anthem "White Rabbit" by a band I've never heard of (Collide) that isn't too bad, but beyond that the soundtrack falls pretty flat. It's not that the songs are all that terrible, but as a collection of material meant to represent a horror movie it comes off more as a cash-grab and it feels hastily thrown together. This is my common complaint with most movie soundtracks, and that's where the low rating comes from. If you're a fan of modern hard rock/metalcore, you'll find plenty of rarer and quality material here for you.
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