Movie Tunes: Mortal Kombat (Part 3 of 3)

Here is the third (and final) review of the Mortal Kombat soundtrack trilogy. Does it live up to its predecessors? You bet!

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation was the second film, released in 1997. While this movie fared rather poorly at the Box Office, would you expect the soundtrack to be bad, considering the previous soundtracks were so great? I wouldn’t, and this CD is just as wonderful as the other two!

What kind of music does this one have? You don’t need me to tell you! What will I tell you? Which songs stand out, and which ones you can skip!

And here we go!

The pattern of starting the soundtrack with an MK reference continues. The Immortals return with another “Theme from Mortal Kombat (Encounter the Ultimate).” It has the same structure as “Techno Syndrome,” but with faster techno music and a different naming scheme.

Scooter’s “Fire” is up next! This is another act that I got into because of this soundtrack, and I still remain a huge fan of theirs! Guitars ripping, a massive dance beat, and the yelling of “Fire!” throughout the song, and I was hooked on this German techno outfit. If you’re into European dance music, definitely pick up one of their albums. Well worth the cash!

One of my favorite bands returns on this CD. KMFDM contributes “Megalomaniac,” and as a fan, I was beyond excited! Their music is always superb, so I could go on and on. It’s a great song. That’s all you have to know. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Another well-known band appears on this CD, as well. Megadeth gets remixed by Danny Saber on the 4th track, with “Almost Honest.” It’s not the heavy, head-banging metal you’d normally get from Dave Mustaine and the others, but it’s not bad.

“Engel” by Rammstein comes in at track #6. This song came out right before they became absolutely huge Stateside. While the lyrics are sung entirely in German (and I know very little of the language), it’s the sheer power of the music that gets you. Awesome.

The next three songs are in the dance music genre, but “Panik Control” (by Psykosonik), “Conga Fury” (by Juno Reactor), and “Anomaly (Calling Your Name)” (by Libra Presents Taylor) are not really heavy or “bass-y.” Definitely something that will keep you moving, but it’s not as aggressive as some of other tracks featured in this series. The same goes with #10, “Ready or Not (Ben Grosse Kombat Mix)” by Manbreak.

What is the next stand-out track for me? The bass and drum lines on Cirrus’ “Back on a Mission” (#11) sold me, right from the start. It’s simply a fun song, and it’s great to dance to. Go to the next song, “I Won’t Lie Down (Kombat Mix)” by Face to Face. It’s a great industrial/ metal track, however, again, it’s not very heavy.

Your best bet is to skip down to the final three tracks on this soundtrack. Again, while the movie wasn’t that great, these three songs are! They accompany the segue into a fight scene, as well as the butt-kicking moments themselves. “Death is the Only Way Out” by Joseph Bishara introduces some menacing characters that Sonya Blade and Jax have to deal with, with impressive results. George S. Clinton returns with “X-Squad,” another instrumental track that is used for scene transition quite often. Then it all comes down to the major, second-to-last fight scene in the movie. Brought you by Kasz &Beal, the Chicken Dust Mix of the “Theme from Mortal Kombat” is the “final” version of the theme song. You can’t get too much of a good thing when it comes to that.

Tracks You Can’t Miss:

  • Track # 2: “Fire”: by Scooter
  • Track # 3 : “Megalomaniac” by KMFDM
  • Track # 6 : “Engel” by Rammstein
  • Track # 11: “Back on a Mission” by Cirrus

If a new Mortal Kombat movie does get released in the future, the soundtrack has quite a reputation to live up to! I can imagine that the music supervisor wouldn’t let us down!

Check out next week’s Movie Tunes where Christine reviews New Found Glory’s latest movie soundtrack cover album From The Screen to Your Stereo II.

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