Matrix [Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture]

The Matrix [Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture]

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Smashing futuristic thriller THE MATRIX was one of the biggest theatrical hits of 1999, in part because of its awe-inspiring visual effects (and hey, no one minded gazing at Keanu Reeves and newcomer Carrie-Anne Moss stylishly kicking butt for two hours, did they?). On a somewhat more subliminal level, THE MATRIX's soundtrack, a hyper-aggro combination of techno,

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Smashing futuristic thriller THE MATRIX was one of the biggest theatrical hits of 1999, in part because of its awe-inspiring visual effects (and hey, no one minded gazing at Keanu Reeves and newcomer Carrie-Anne Moss stylishly kicking butt for two hours, did they?). On a somewhat more subliminal level, THE MATRIX's soundtrack, a hyper-aggro combination of techno, metal, and rap-rock, shares the credit for the film's enthralling vibe. Highest of the highlights is the pair of tunes that bookends the album. The opening track "Rock Is Dead" by Marilyn Manson showcases Marilyn's snarling side, rather than his lugubrious one; and Rage Against the Machine's magnificent closer "Wake Up" uses awesome sonic might to kick off the film's end credits. In between is plenty of choice, mechanized pugilism, including electronica bigwigs Propellerheads' "Spybreak (Short One)" (which accompanies Reeves' ultradynamic training scene in THE MATRIX); more stylish techno jitters from Ministry, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Prodigy; and mondo metal courtesy of Rob Zombie "Dragula Hot Rod Herman Remix", Monster Magnet ("Look to Your Orb for the Warning"), and German terror-rockers Rammstein ("Du Hast"). All told, THE MATRIX packs enough energy to power the Eastern seaboard, and then some.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Becky Byrkit
This is a fine disc to slide into the player in that interplanetary orbiter you're driving around these days, and crank to bang-your-head decibels just as you go all afterburner into the Forbidden Zone. The Matrix movie soundtrack is a loud, awesomely wild ride that brilliantly illuminates real links among hard rock, hip-hop, and electronica with a hi-sci-fi flair (and flare) for fusion. These sounds are deep, dark, and resonant, as is the tone of the film, with the blackest moments provided by Meat Beat Manifesto in "Prime Audio Soup," Rob D. with "Clubbed to Death," and Propellerheads' "Spybreak! (Short One)." The brimstone burbles on with super-scale performances by Rage Against the Machine and "Wake Up," Marilyn Manson's "Rock Is Dead," and Monster Magnet's absolutely otherworldly "Look Into Your Orb for the Wanring," guaranteed to punch a hole in your wall if Ministry's "Bad Blood" hasn't done so already. The album's mega-cut, however, is no doubt Hot Rod Herman's outlandish remix of Rob Zombie's Halloween rave anthem, "Dragula," which would be worth the price of admission alone even if the entire effect were not the hardest-core theme park sonic extravaganza around. A rockin' ear-blaster for this world as well as the next.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/1999
Label:
Maverick
UPC:
0093624739029
catalogNumber:
47390
Rank:
98688

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ministry   Track Performer
Meat Beat Manifesto   Track Performer
Monster Magnet   Track Performer
Rage Against the Machine   Track Performer
Prodigy   Track Performer
Marilyn Mason   Track Performer
Rob Zombie   Track Performer
Deftones   Track Performer
Rammstein   Track Performer
Propellerheads   Track Performer
Rob D.   Track Performer
Lunatic Calm   Track Performer
Hive   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Guy Oseary   Executive Producer
Kevin Reagan   Art Direction

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Matrix 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Matrix is my fave movie of all time, and this is the perfect soundtrack to go wiht it. There are some stupid songs on it (Look to the Orb, Bad Blood, Du Hast) which don't go with the movie, but they are totally made up for by songs such as the catchy Spybreak! - a Mission-Impossible like theme song that goes perfectly with the shootout they play it in. Then there's Mindfields by The Prodigy - one of my fave songs ever and other cool songs such as Rock is Dead, Prime Audio Soup, Shove It, Leave you Far Behind and Wake Up. This CD got me into liking more types of music, as well as add on to my long-lasting Matrix obsession! Like the movie, this CD flat out ROCKS!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Matrix is on of the best cds I have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the CD overall rocked! It is one of my favorite CD's in my collection of CD's. Two of the songs I liked the best was "Shove It!" and "Wake Up!". Rock on Matrix!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This could have been better if they included the theme music when Neo saw the "woman in the red dress", I think it's called "Replacement Killers" but I know it's by The Crystal Method (great DJ). Definately check that song out, it is the perfect song to get you ready to go play a game. Rage is good with "Wake Up" and it was great in the movie. The album was all in all: good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before you shoot me, the movie rules too. But it does get boring after the 80th time you watched it. You can listen to this cd again and again and still like it. Spybreak is great (like to hear the long one), Clubbed to Death is one of the greatest songs ever and Leave You Far Behind is just fun to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST ALBUM I HAVE EVER HEARD. SPYBREAK! IS BANGING AND I LOVE RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. ALL IN ALL A MUST BUY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
lately ive been "geeking up" on the matrix in preparation for "Reloaded", and decided to check out this little number. I swear, I could watch the movie twice a week until i die, and feel the same way about the soundtrack. faves are the ones actually in the movie/credits: dragula (s&m club), spybreak! (lobby), wake up (end scene & credits) and rock is dead (credits). when im not at home able to watch the movie, i can just crank up these tracks and watch it in my mind's eye. must-buy for fans of the movie, and definately those of metal!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you put in this CD, prepare to be blown away from your mind. It's an Excellent CD with a capital E, and it truly is worth of your money. Buy it, jack it in and blow your brains out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skip track 1, and just go to the Lobby Scene song. The first 10 times you hear that one it will remind you of the cool scene from the movie, but without the visuals the song is painfully repetetive eventually. Then go to track 6 for Lunatic Calm's Leave You Far Behind, which is by far the best song on the soundtrack. It is just a fantastic song, which does not lessen the fact that Dragula (well this mix at least), Du Hast, and Wake Up. Minefields isn't bad either, but it too gets old. Not an integral CD because the score also played an important role throughout the film, but not a bad collection none-the-less.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diverse, Compelling, INTENSE.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this awesome CD one day, poped it in the player and it just blew me away! It has the hottest sounds from today's best artists. I saw the movie so I figured the soundtrack must be hot also. I couldn't stop listening to it. I saw the movie, bought the soundtrack, and then got the poster. (All of which were awesome). The booklet could have had more pics of the special effects and Carrie-Anne Moss but hey, the music is still awesome, Carrie-Anne is on the booklet (SEXY AS EVER), and the whole Matrix set is one of the best things ever made. Later, Nick S.