"Underworld Awakening" is a big hit with horror fans worldwide. The release of a new film in the franchise always means a new soundtrack featuring rock and alternative bands, some of them you actually hear in the movie and others you don't. The ones we don't hear appear on the soundtrack as "inspired by the motion picture."
"Underworld Awakening (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" includes more of what fans expect from the series when it comes to musical artists. There are remixes of tracks by Evanescence, Ministry, Linkin Park, The Cure, Lacuna Coil, and many others. The songs are electronically tweaked by Renholder (Danny Lohner -- Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke) and sound great. Most of the tracks vary between heavy nu-metal/Goth leanings and ambient industrial dance. Obviously the heavier tracks will remind viewers of the vampire-on-werewolf carnage from the film. Most of the tracks are catchy and will leave fans of the genres craving more.
Most music critics have enjoyed the soundtrack. James Zahn of Kik Axe Music called it "A solid collection of new and remixed tracks that should pique the interest of soundtrack collectors and rock aficionados alike. I say 'rock,' because these songs have rock at their core, despite the layers of electronics on top ... There's a little of the recent dubstep craze infiltrating the mix ... The rest are solid and would make excellent iTunes fodder for fans of the bands."
Campus Circle's Nick Golden wrote, "[the] soundtrack is filled with dark, gothic goodness ... will make fans of the previous soundtracks feel right at home. [It's] another great success on the part of the 'Underworld' crew. The song choices fit the atmosphere of the film perfectly, and many of the remixes are better than the original versions. This album is a must-buy."
Consumer reviews are positive for the "Awakening" soundtrack as well. J. Hart stated, "This one doesn't disappoint. Lots of great, atmospheric songs that get me in the mood to watch the movie ... 5 out of 5. The songs are so atmospheric I can't help but listen to them over and over." Josie O. called the disc "Awesome! The songs are Amazing. The Evanescence remix is epic."
John G. declared, "This is a pretty good collection of music to get you in the mood for the movie, not to mention just kicking back and listening to. It's got kind of a flow to it- the songs have a slower tempo towards the end of album. You should also know that half the tracks are Goth-styled remixes for a broader appeal, so it won't be as hardcore or metal-edged as some might like." J. Whitman related, "[It] doesn't disappoint! Another great soundtrack from the film series that makes vampires and werewolves cool again!"
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