Gothic currents in the soundtrack for Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

1 Feb
Rise of the Lycans

Rhona Mitra appears in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

In a funny preview for the Underworld: Rise of the Lycans soundtrack, The Playlist says “it includes remixes from the former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner and tracks from goth rock artists such as Puscifer and Black Light Burns and more well-known rock names like Deftones, The Cure … and other hard and heavy bands you should only be listening to if you’re under sixteen or live in Croatia.”

So why am I listening and why do I love it. Overall, there are dark melodies that suggest gothic influences and undercurrents, with a tone that ties the various styles together. Oh, and Rhona Mitra is in the film (gratuitous photo, left). Back to the music, a few observations:

Underneath the Stars by The Cure has the wonderful Robert Smith voice interweaving with delightful female sections sung by the always-surprising Milla Javovich.

Hole in the Earth by Deftones has a similar feel to The Cure or Muse, a bit more chilling with the emphasis on chilly atmosphere – an excellent track.

Stiff Kittens by Blaqk Audio is more neo-new-romantics with deep, thick sound and rich, colourful vocals. This style of rich song is alternated with refreshing variations, and yet the album as a whole keeps a continuity that stands well as a solo project as well as a soundtrack tot he film.

Danny Lohner was very involved in the whole project and there are 8 out of 16 remixes by him (credited as Renholder). The full track list is:

01. Puscifer – Lighten Up Francis (JLE Dub Mix)
02. The Cure (featuring Maynard James Keenan/Puscifer and Milla Jovavich) – Underneath The Stars  (Renholder Remix)
underworld_soundtrack_150px03. Perry Farrell – Nasty Little Perv (Renholder Remix)
04. Deftones – Hole In The Earth (Renholder Remix)
05. AFI – Miss Murder (VNV Nation Remix)
06. Alkaline Trio – Over And Out (Renholder Remix)
07. William Control (f/ Matt Skiba) – Deathclub (Wes Borland/Renholder Remix)
08. Genghis Tron – Board Up The House (Renholder Remix)
09. Blaqk Audio – Stiff Kittens (Jnrsnchz Blaqkout Remix)
10. Thrice – Broken Lungs (Legion Of Doom Remix)
11. Combichrist – Today We Are All Demons (Beneath The World Mix)
12. Black Light Burns – I Want You To
13. Drop Dead, Gorgeous – Two Birds, One Stone (Wes Borland/Renholder Remix)
14. King Black Acid – Let’s Burn
15. From First To Last – Tick Tock Tomorrow (Wes Borland/Renholder Remix)
16. Ghosts On The Radio – Steal My Romance


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