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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
(2009)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Paul Haslinger
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Lakeshore Records
(March 3rd, 2009)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're desperate to hear any form of continuation of Paul Haslinger's sound from the original Underworld film, even if the result is not as interesting or compelling.

Avoid it... if nothing drives you nuts in the film music world more than a missed opportunity, because Haslinger fails to build meaningfully upon his established ideas in a coherent way.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,815
WRITTEN 4/28/11
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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans: (Paul Haslinger) The war between vampires and werewolves in the Underworld franchise has produced a loyal following and impressive associated revenue, regardless of its largely meaningless and vacuous plotline. The franchise was originally meant to be a trilogy, and 2009's Underworld: Rise of the Lycans represents the third installment despite being a prequel. It is essentially one giant background story, explaining the division between vampires and the newly developing Lycans and the reasons for their centuries-long war. The primary reason, of course, is a hot babe. In this case, it's the daughter of returning actor Bill Nighy's vampire leader, Viktor, and the target of her affections is Michael Sheen returning as the Lycan Lucian. Their intertwined relationship is one of tortured alliances, and when Viktor discovers the love between his vampire daughter and Lycan slave, he has his daughter killed and the war is on. Unfortunately missing from the majority of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is lead actress Kate Beckinsale from the previous two films, though her appeal (and leather costume, seemingly) is replaced by the necessarily similarly built Rhona Mitra as Viktor's daughter. Once more defying poor critical response, the franchise earned enough in this entry to launch development of a fourth film. One of the selling points for Rise of the Lycans is the return of industrial metal composer Paul Haslinger to the franchise. His score for the original Underworld in 2003 wasn't the kind of thing destined to attract much attention from the dedicated film score collecting community, but it featured a combination of extremely ballsy industrial rhythms and a forcefully gothic sense of romance in its deeply morbid explorations. The love theme of that score, "Eternity and a Day," was embraced so well that it was even used alongside Marco Beltrami's music for Underworld Evolution in 2006. Beltrami, although bringing a more traditionally refined sense of orchestration to the table, ended up producing a score that was less coordinated (and certainly less memorable) than Haslinger's, and fans clamoring to receive the "Eternity and a Day" theme from that film's soundtrack were left with the original movie's score album as the only source (though even that wasn't the film version). Hearing Haslinger return to the franchise was cause for cautious optimism, but despite the extension of his familiar sound back into the concept, his work for Rise of the Lycans is far less inspiring than what he provided before.



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Total Time: 36:09
• 1. The Rise of the Lycans (2:27)
• 2. Lucian and Sonja's Love Theme (2:05)
• 3. The Arrow Attack (2:33)
• 4. The Most Precious Thing to My Heart (1:46)
• 5. The Wolve's Den (2:05)
• 6. Lucian to the Rescue (1:51)
• 7. Court Battle Suite (4:25)
• 8. Sonja's Trial and Execution (5:26)
• 9. Storming the Castle (2:52)
• 10. Per Aspera Ad Astra (6:45)
• 11. The Rise of the Lycans (Precious Cargo Remix) - performed by Coma Virus (3:54)

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