Various Artists
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Release Date: January 13, 200
Produced by: Danny Lohner
Format: CD



Matt Rowe


Anyone who has followed the Underworld film series knows about the struggles between the vampires (high-minded vampires known as Death Dealers) and the Lycans (werewolves) throughout time.  In the latest film installment, a prequel to the first Underworld film, the core of that hatred comes to better light as the film concentrates on incidents that bind them together in their hatred of each other.  Rise of the Lycans deals with Lucian, a rising leader of the Lycans, and Viktor, the king who has overrun the lowly Lycan clans (metaphors sound familiar?) for a very long time.  At the centre of this rising is the vampire daughter of Viktor, who falls for Lucian, and assists in their uprising due to their love interests.

In this soundtrack, there is a collection of songs that do not feature in the film.  Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is filled with industrial and gothic tunes, many remixed to maximum film effect.  Tunes come from The Cure (“Underneath the Stars”), AFI (“Miss Murder”), Puscifer (“Lighten Up Francis”), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction/Porno for Pyros, solo) with a remix of “Nasty Little Perv,” and a dozen more that include contributed works by Thrice (“Broken Lungs”), Alkaline Trio (“Over and Out”), and Deftones (“Hole in the Earth”).

The music is good, supporting the film (where this type of music works well with this type of film), but also has tremendous replay value just for the remixes collected here.  Most of the remixes are done by Lohner (NIN), who also produces the album.  If vampires, werewolves, industrial and gothic creep music, and well-assembled soundtracks do the trick for you, then this energetic soundtrack is a good pick-up.









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