Resident Evil Apocalypse

Resident Evil Apocalypse

Resident Evil Apocalypse

Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture

Roadrunner Records

While I was watching Resident Evil: Apocalypse in the theater, amid thoughts of “I can’t believe I paid first-run price for this,” I was thinking, “at least the soundtrack is pretty cool.” Well, once you get that soundtrack away from the frenetic editing, constant explosions and zombie effects, it loses a lot of the punch it had in the theater. In the end, Resident Evil Apocalypse: Music From and Inspired By the Motion Picture is more than a sampler for Roadrunner Records, but not by much.

Slipknot’s “Vermillion” starts the set off hard and heavy, setting up expectations for some serious zombie thrashing. I didn’t recognize The Cure on “Us or Them,” as it is heavier than any other Cure song I remember. However, not being much of a fan in the first place, my opinion probably doesn’t hold much weight. In addition to the doom and gloom (Rammstein, Devildriver), we also get a mellow Duran Duran cover with The Deftones’ rendition of “The Chauffeur.” Rob Zombie does what Rob Zombie has been doing for years, and provides a re-mix of “Girl on Fire”; I like it, but it isn’t anything new or inspired. Massive Attack conclude the soundtrack with some electronica.

The soundtrack is labeled “Music From and Inspired By…” to cover additional tracks that don’t actually appear in the film. At this point, having not seen the movie since last summer, I can’t even tell you what gets screentime and what doesn’t. In the end, if you really need to have everything Resident Evil-related, or if you just love these bands, pick up this at the same time you pick up the DVD. Otherwise skip it, unless you are curious about that Duran Duran cover and don’t want to seek out the Duran Duran tribute album.

Roadrunner Records: www.roadrunnerrecords.com

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