THE MATRIX - 1999
Predictably enough, the soundtrack accompanying the cyberpunk thriller THE MATRIX mainly comprises industrial and
Fortunately for the discriminating listener, the powers-that-be have gathered songs from some rather popular talents
rather than throwing a slew of the mixed and sampled repetitive epileptic
drek that fills most night clubs. Most of the songs, in fact, are culled
from the artists' albums rather than being commissioned specifically for
MARILYN MANSON opens the album with "Rock is Dead" off MECHANICAL ANIMALS, and what industrial album would be complete without MINISTRY
(turning in "Bad Blood") or PRODIGY ("Mindfields")?
PROPELLERHEADS' "Spybreak! (short one)" will sound familiar
to most mainstream industrial fans, and ROB D's "Clubbed to Death
(Kurayamino Mix)" is often heard in the background or as an intro
to several radio morning shows. ROB ZOMBIE contributes a remix of "Dragula" (the "Hot Rod Herman" remix)
that actually does more damage than enhancement to the song.
On a side note, I never much understood the appeal of remixes. Covers and reinterpretations are one thing, but Rob Zombie has a tendency to remix about every song he's ever written. Don't
believe me? Pick up his "album" AMERICAN
MADE MUSIC TO STRIP BY. Seems more a move for money than artistic
The best stuff comes near the end of the CD. MONSTER MAGNET's "Look to Your Orb for the Warning" is one of the best tracks, more metal/blues than
electronica. RAMMSTEIN's "Du Hast" was a big hit for some time
and also got snagged. Though the lyrics to "Du Hast" are in
German, you can feel the energy and power in the song and the Industrial-thrash music kicks some ass.
Incidentally, if you've never seen Rammstein live, you've missing out (their fifteen minutes of fame appear to be up in the US - I haven't heard a peep out of them
in well over a year). They put on pyrotechnics displays that would
make Beavis and Butthead repeatedly cream their jeans, and they have some
funky/kinky performance art that leaves half the audience with their jaws
dropped. Kinda makes you want to learn German so you can figure out what the fuck he's talking about.
Most of the work isn't earth-shattering, but it's not bad to be playing in the background while you're working
on other things (like writing this review...). Solid but unobtrusive.
I give it three Perplex Skulls.
copyright 2000 by E.C.McMullen Jr.
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