The past two weeks we have covered the soundtracks for the first two Resident Evil movies. This week’s Movie Tunes covers the soundtrack of the recently released third movie, Resident Evil: Extinction.
The soundtrack for Resident Evil: Extinction isn’t the typical soundtrack as in “music from or inspired by.” It also has clips from the score by Charlie Clouser, which serve as perfect interludes. In fact, the disc starts with the “Main Title” theme from the score, which is sufficiently creepy to kick us off.
Track 2 is “Stupid Crazy” by Shadows Fall. It is possibly my favorite track from any of the three Resident Evil soundtracks (with the possible exception of “The Outsider” by A Perfect Circle, but that’s a band I was previously a fan of). I’ll definitely be checking out some of Shadows Fall’s music thanks to this track, which is heavy on the guitar. It would be perfect for Guitar Hero (I have Guitar Hero on the brain since GH III just came out). If you don’t even listen to any other songs from this CD, at least go buy this track from iTunes.
The “T-Virus Remix” of Flyleaf’s “I’m So Sick” is probably the most lyrically connected track with the line, “I’m so sick, infected with where I live.” I’ll admit that I’m a Flyleaf fan, and that lead singer Lacey’s vocals aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this track is great. The remix is really well done so that it showcases the original version of the song rather than drowning it in effects. If you like this song, check out Flyleaf’s previous work.
Emigrate’s “My World” sounded like a track that would annoy me, but actually grew on me the more I listened to it. It’s worth a listen.
While seemingly out of place in a zombie movie soundtrack full of industrial rock and hard rock remixes, Bayside’s “Duality” is a catchy track with a nice hook. Clear vocals, which may sound weird but when you listen to the track you’ll understand. The singer’s voice really cuts through. The string remix is really nice. Gives the track a full feel.
“Losing” is another Clouser score track that sets you up with a sense of urgency. There’s the feeling of impending doom and a hint at a Milla Jovovich ass-kicking scene.
Tracks 7 (Aiden Vs. The Legion of Doom’s “One Love [Extinction Remix])and 8 (Fightstar’s “Deathcar”) aren’t all that interesting. Track 9 (Throwdown’s “I, Suicide”) has screaming vocals and pounding music, but not in an interesting way. Track 10 (Collide’s “White Rabbit [SPC Eco Mix]) is really boring. Track 11 (Chimaira’s “Paralyzed”) is another screamy, non-unique track, although the guitar solo is pretty fun.
Throw in a short score track called “Laser Tunnel.” Then comes The Bled with “Asleep On The Frontlines (Appliantz Remix)” which seems to build up forever, and then never really goes anywhere. “Catch Me” by City Sleeps sounds a little bit like the Bayside track to start with and then kicks in with a very Rage Against the Machine kind of guitar riff. It’s an extremely catchy track. Definitely one to add to your own personal awesome mix.
“Contagious” by Searchlight is another good one, and another one that seems to actually reference events in the film – “There were twelve of us. We’re down to seven now…All I really wanted, was the cure.” The vocals are a little whiny in the vein as The Used track on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack.
“Scenotaph (DJA Infected Remix)” by Emanuel is quite screamy, but a really heavy track. Like the Flyleaf track, the remix is used really well with this track.
It Dies Today comes in with “Sixth of June” which is a bit too busy for my tastes, but it’s a solid rock track otherwise. Poison The Well, a band I had heard of but never actually heard, has “Wrecking Itself Taking You With Me.” It’s a decent track, but by Track 18 on any soundtrack I’m starting to get bored. The closer is “Convoy,” another score track from Charlie Clouser, which sounds like it was the music playing during the end credit roll, but I can’t be sure.
Overall it’s a great hard rock soundtrack to listen to, even if you’ve never seen the movie (although I highly recommend all three movies).
Tracks You Can’t Miss:
- Track 2 – Shadows Fall – Stupid Crazy – Listen
- Track 3 – Flyleaf Vs. The Legion of Doom – I’m So Sick (T-Virus Remix) – Listen
- Track 5 – Bayside – Duality (Project Alice String Remix) – Listen
- Track 14 – City Sleeps – Catch Me – Listen
Check out the reviews of the Resident Evil Soundtrack and the Resident Evil: Apocalypse Soundtrack. Come back next week for a new movie soundtrack review.
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