Underworld [Original Score]

Underworld [Original Score]

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by Paul Haslinger
     
 

The soundtrack to Underworld is inspired by the film's vampire-versus-werewolf tale from the dark side. And thanks in large part to the deft touch of the album's producer, former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner, who's shaken and stirred the components into a compellingly murky sonic cocktail, the rock-fueled disc has its fair share of macabre moments. InSee more details below

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The soundtrack to Underworld is inspired by the film's vampire-versus-werewolf tale from the dark side. And thanks in large part to the deft touch of the album's producer, former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner, who's shaken and stirred the components into a compellingly murky sonic cocktail, the rock-fueled disc has its fair share of macabre moments. In a break from recent soundtrack tradition, the bulk of Underworld's tracks aren't available anywhere else -- many, in fact, spring from one-time-only aggregations assembled specifically for the album. Of these, the most interesting may be the Damning Well -- ex–Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, Filter's Richard Patrick, and Lohner -- who turn out an industrially minded primal scream called "The Awakening." The producer holed up with Maynard James Keenan, under the Puscifer moniker, for the appropriately apocalyptic "REV 22:20." Keenan and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante also turn up on a radically splayed rendition of David Bowie's "Bring Me the Disco King," a version far more visceral than the Thin White Duke has been previewing at recent live dates. Likewise, remixes of A Perfect Circle's "Judith" and "Weak and Powerless" turn things upside down, particularly the former, which replaces the original's tension-release seesaw with a seething quality that threatens to boil over but never really does. Consider Underworld the perfect mood music for a cruise down the River Styx.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Composer Paul Haslinger is no stranger to darkness. The classically trained pianist and former member of Krautrock ensemble Tangerine Dream has a gift for moody soundscapes as evidenced by his cinematic 1999 world fusion record Score. He stays true to his muse on the Underworld soundtrack, peppering the gothic fable with one brutal dirge after another, leaving a trail of carnage littered with mid-'90s industrial waste. To Haslinger there is no post-Nine Inch Nails universe; The Crow has not yet begot The Matrix. Like an oily, inner-city river, he fills every ounce of space with clanging metal and distant wailing synths, pausing only on the fleeting "Suspended Memories" to dabble in soft piano and open water. Despite its monotony this unflinching approach works, offering a glimpse into what Ministry could have been had they entered the world of film music -- they turned the pounding, single-note melody into an art form. Amid this cacophony lies the heart of Underworld; its pulse is pure and devoid of irony. The vampires and werewolves may rule the city in their tight leather pants, but it's Haslinger who makes them dance.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Lakeshore Records
UPC:
0780163378726
catalogNumber:
33787
Rank:
378546

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Haslinger   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Lustmord   Programming,Producer,Sound Design
Bill Miller   Composer
Miles Corbin   Composer
Paul Haslinger   Composer,Producer,Score
Jason Jones   Programming,Sound Design
Michael Sheen   Contributor
Travis Smith   Pro-Tools
Skip Williamson   Executive Producer
Claude Letessier   Programming,Sound Design
Bill Nighy   Contributor
Kate Beckinsale   Contributor
Alex Kharlamov   Programming,Sound Design
Mel Eberle   Composer

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