Christine’s been having so much fun writing these soundtrack reviews, so I thought that I should get in on all the excitement, too! Have I picked a good one (or three in this case)!
Mortal Kombat is just a phenomenon in itself. Let’s break it down. A gargantuan number of extremely successful video games; two feature films (with a rumored third still in the â€œproduction stageâ€); and a couple of television shows. With MK having such longevity thus far, I don’t think it’s ever going to fade away!
Now there are quite a few commercial soundtracks to both the film and games themselves. Since we’re focusing on the CDs for the films, I will have 3 to talk about, which will each be presented to you in the upcoming weeks.
Personally, I got into quite a number of genres and particular bands because of these soundtracks. If you’re an eclectic music fan, like I am, you will certainly find something to your liking on all of them. The bands? Only the best and brightest, as well as some up-and-comers, in the world of electronic dance, metal, and industrial.
If you are even remotely aware of how highly energetic someone gets by playing the game, the movie’s music is up there with it!
So, let’s take you all the way back to 1995 with Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack!
The opening track is brief but sets a nice tone: â€œA Taste of Things to Comeâ€ is an instrumental, percussion-based track that refers to the little demonstration of what and whom the combatants can expect to encounter at the fight-to-the death tournament. With plenty of gongs, it provides a lovely Asian vibe that is prevalent throughout the film. About 47 seconds later, it’s onto â€œGoodbyeâ€ by Gravity Kills. In my opinion, this track is pretty light, but it grows on you after a while, once the lyrics hit you.
Then it’s the industrial juggernaut KMFDM’s â€œJuke Joint Jezebel (Giorgio Moroder Metropolis Mix)â€. This was when I was first introduced to this phenomenal band, even though I didn’t really get into them until I went off to college. This track comes in during Sonya’s solo fight scene with Kano in the â€œsand pitâ€. He takes quite a licking, so this track fits perfectly! However, I do prefer the original version of this track, and you can hear it in all its glory on the band’s NIHIL album.
The fourth track, â€œUnlearnâ€ by Psykosonik, is a mellow, but â€œbass-yâ€ dance track that brings you down slightly from your boiling point, but when you get to #5, the energy skyrockets again, thanks to Traci Lords and â€œControl (Juno Reactor Instrumental)â€ ! Traci Lords, you ask? Yep! The former adult film star turned mainstream actress dabbled in music for a while, too! This instrumental version of the track is one to definitely jack up in your car.
Orbital’s â€œHalcyon +On+Onâ€ has an ethereal quality you don’t quite expect from electronic dance music. It’s a nice way to calm yourself down after a rough day. That’s doesn’t last long, thoughâ€¦
In the first of two pulsating techno themes to the movie, there’s â€œUtah Saints Take On The Theme From Mortal Kombatâ€, where Utah Saints have cooked up a lighter version of the song’s predecessor (which I discuss in a little bit).
All you metalheads will be so stoked once you get to #8, â€œThe Invisibleâ€ by G//Z/R. Not a bad song, may I say. It’s not terribly memorable, but if you get a little antsy for something that isn’t dance music, it’s a good start.
Fear Factory (another band that I got into based on the power and strength of this song), clocks in at # 9 with â€œZero Signal.â€ It’s classic, bang-your-head metal. You instantly think of Johnny Cage’s big â€œinter-realmâ€ fight sequence with Scorpion.
Sister Machine Gun’s â€œBurnâ€ is undoubtedly a surprising song on this whole soundtrack. While a number of the industrial and metal songs are â€œin your faceâ€ and get you all pumped up, this definitely changes the mood. By far, the sexiest song on the soundtrack!
â€œBlood and Fireâ€ by Type O Negative is other amazing metal track! Listen for the spoken portion of the song. It’s chilling, but erotic at the same time. With strong guitar licks, massive drums, and a screaming lead singer, the one-two punch of â€œI Rejectâ€ by Bile and â€œTwist the Knife (Slowly)â€ by Napalm Death barrels out of your speakers with such force, it would take a tank to stop it.
Mutha’s Day Out’s â€œWhat U See/We All Bleed Redâ€ is not a particularly great song, with its repetitive lyrics, but it’s not horrible either. Then, the dance music comes back with # 15: â€œTechno Syndrome 7â€ Mixâ€ by The Immortals. This is the quintessential MK theme song, created specifically for the original video game soundtrack. Naturally, it gets featured in the film quite a bit! With the beat and sound bites from the early versions of the game, it’s a classic.
The final two tracks, â€œGoro vs. Artâ€ and â€œDemon Warriorsâ€ are from the film’s score, courtesy of George S. Clinton (with Buckethead on the former). Both fit into the film quite well, with lots of guitars and drums and a â€œsurvival of the fittestâ€ vibe.
One soundtrack down, two more to go!
Tracks You Can’t Miss:
- Track # 3: â€œJuke Joint Jezebel (Giorgio Moroder Metropolis Mix)” by KMFDM
- Track # 5: â€œControl (Juno Reactor Instrumental)” by Traci Lords
- Track #9: â€œZero Signalâ€ by Fear Factory
- Track # 10: â€œBurnâ€ by Sister Machine Gun
- Track # 15: â€œTechno-Syndrome 7â€Mixâ€ by The Immortals
Come back next week for Part 2 of the Mortal Kombat soundtrack reviews.
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