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Queen Of The Damned Soundtrack


3.5
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Review

by ocelot-05 USER (20 Reviews)
November 8th, 2005 | 12 replies | 9,402 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

In the annals of gothic novels, along with nineteenth century classics Frankenstein and Dracula, are the Vampire Chronicles, by Anne Rice. This series is one of the cornerstones of being a goth. That is, an intelligent goth, not one of those homophobic Slipknot kids you may see at school.

The 2001 motion picture Queen Of The Damned is based on the books The Vampire Lestat and Queen Of The Damned, which follow Interview With A Vampire in the series. The books were actually set in the eighties, but having Lestat sing in a glam metal band just wouldnít fit the whole gothic concept of today. The film, and the soundtrack, actually manage to do something that canít easily be done: it ties nu metal and gothic elements. One of the prime examples of this is when the androgynous vampires in the bar are all killed by Akasha, who is played by Aaliyah. While their blood sheds all over the walls, low, crunching nu metal is playing. And for once, the feeling it conveys is true carnage.

When I saw the film, I was intrigued by the music, and was sure I could recognize the singer. The singer in the film is Jonathan Davis, who Lestat lip-synchs to. When I read the credits, I was very interested to discover that Jonathan Davis had greatly contributed to the film. He wrote the original songs from the film, and he worked with composer Richard Gibbs on the score. I wanted to hear more, so I bought the soundtrack whenever it came out. I was a little bit disappointed to find out that different singers were featured on the soundtrack at first, but I was excited to hear some different interpretations of the songs. Along with the 5 original songs, there are 9 other previously released songs by other artists that I will briefly cover later.

On the first song, Not Meant For Me, Wayne Static of Static-X is featured on vocals. Jonathan Davis plays guitar, bass, and keyboards, and Richard Gibbs and Vinnie Colaiuta provide additional instrumentation. Now, I have never been a fan of Static-X, as they are hopelessly simplistic and dull. I donít think that Wayne Static is a memorable singer at all, and therefore a better song could have been chosen for the beginning of the album. However, he sounds better than Iíve ever heard him in Not Meant For Me. The verses do not particularly stand out, but the chorus is very powerful over me. It makes me think of the thousands of screaming fans in the concert scene of the film. The version of Not Meant For Me featured in the movie, with Jonathan Davis on vocals is much better, in my opinion.

The next song is a real pleasure. It is Foreskin, and David Draiman of Disturbed is the singer, with Munky, Head, Sam Rivers of Limp Bizkit, and Shankar on double violin. Again, I do not think that David Draiman is a good singer; I would never buy a disturbed album. However, his vocals just really seem to fit the context in this song. As you know, the lyrics are written by Jonathan Davis. He is well known for having lonely, desperate lyrics, but this coined skill couldnít be more convenient. These songs are meant to reflect the thoughts and emotions of a vampire, who has been isolated and nocturnal for hundreds of years. Hereís a sample from Forsaken:
Quote:
Iím over it. You see Iím falling in a vast abyss. Clouded by memories of the past, at last; I see. I hear it fading, I canít speak it. Or else you will dig my grave. You feel them finding, always windingÖtake my hand now, be alive. You see I cannot be forsaken, because I am not the only one. We walk amongst you, feeding, raping; must we hide from everyone?
See what I mean? It just fits so aptly. Forsaken has a beautiful and haunting violin accompaniment, which really adds to the darkness of the song. This is actually one of the best things in the film. Whenever Lestat plays the violin for Akasha and at the campfire, it is entrancing and magical, yet desolate and sad. Forsaken is definitely a highlight of the soundtrack.

Man, if Chester Bennington sang in a band that made music like this, he would be so much more respected. He is an amazing singer (not as good as Maynard, wikuk!), and his vocal power actually beats Jonathan Davisís slightly nasal version of System. In the chorus, he sings the octave absolutely incredibly. The lyrics ďWhy wonít you die? Your blood in mine. It will be fine, then your body will be mine" donít have the whiney connotation associated with nu metal. It relates perfectly to the idea of complete domination, and connection between vampires. System, with Chesterís amazing talent, and Davis and Gibbson's creative effort, is the best song on the album.

Iím sure most of you have heard the song Change by Deftones, and I donít really see what it is doing here with all the original songs. Moving on, Redeemer features Marilyn Manson on vocals. I have always considered him a very sucky singer and musician, and his singing on Redeemer only makes it a more mediocre song. This is probably the most gothic of the songs on this soundtrack, but not at all in a powerful way. I think I forgot to mention this, but to my knowledge, Jonathan Davis couldnít sing on this album due to copyright reasons. I noticed that he snuck in some of his lyrics from ďNo Way" from Issues. Mansonís vocals are weak and exaggerated. The only thing good about this song is the slow, minute long wind-down at the end.

Okay, letís skip crappy Dead Cell by Papa Roach, which has nothing dark or gothic about it in any way. The next song is not an original, but it is a notable mention. Penetrate, by Godhead, is on the soundtrack because I believe Lestat listens to it at point in the album. For the most part it is a cool industrial track, which is considerably mellower than the other songs featured on this album.

During the concert scene in the movie, I fell in love with Lestatís vampiric anthem Slept So Long. Davisís vocals were brilliant and inspiring, and at that point it was my favorite song from the film. I could have not been more disappointed when Jay Gordon entered this song. He is the singer for the band Orgy, which toured with Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Rammstein on Family Values í98. I suppose his whole S&M/gay image fits with the more new-wave elements of Queen Of The Damned, but in terms of music, he ruins the song. Slept So Long is the last original song on the soundtrack, and is followed by a few throwaway songs by Disturbed and Static-X. Iíll tell you what though, the singer for Earshot sound remarkably like Maynard James Keenan. Itís uncanny! As for the song, itís not very special.

Towards the end of the album, the soundtrack finally breaks away with the nu metal. Excess, by Tricky, is the second to last track. It is a really awesome song, and compliments the album more than the previous four tracks. Immediately after this, to finish off the album, is Before Iím Dead, by The Kidney Thieves. I praise you to heavens, Jonathan Davis, for this semi-trip hop nod on the last two tracks of the album. Before Iím Dead is the very last song in the movie, as Lestat and Jessie walk through eternity together. It only makes sense that it is the last track on the album. This is a fantastic finisher.

One of the biggest diseases to strike albums is having most of the best songs at the beginning of the album, and then generally decreasing quality as the album progresses. Queen Of The Damned is an okay movie, but the screenwriting is poor, not to mention the second-rate acting (except for Jonathanís cute little cameo as the scalper). I immediately thought that score and soundtrack were the best thing about the film, and that is why the soundtrack is in fact better than the movie. As I said, the Queen Of The Damned soundtrack successfully combines nu metal and Gothicism, courtesy of Jonathan Davis. Chester Bennington and David Draiman, and Wayne Static, who are presumably buddies of Jonathan, really add to the album. Unfortunately, Marilyn Manson and Jay Gordon spoil a couple of songs, and there are some filler tracks in here like Down With The Sickness and Dead Cell. The original songs and the couple of trip hop goodies are obviously the best things about the Queen Of The Damned soundtrack. If you are a fan of the movie, I strongly recommend buying this cd. If you are not familiar with the film, I still recommend this album, for the songs System and Forsaken alone. Or, if you prefer, you thieving cowards can just download the good songs from Kazaa.

Pros
Jonathanís lyrics
Instrumentation
Chester Benningtonís vocals

Cons
Jay Gordon
Marilyn Manson
Papa Roach

Musicians
Wayne Static
Chester Bennington
David Draiman
Jay Gordon
Marilyn Manson
Jonathan Davis
Richard Gibbs
Brian "Head" Welch
James "Munky" Shaffer
Sam Rivers
Vinnie Colaiuta
Shankar

Other artists
Deftones
Papa Roach
Godhead
Disturbed
Static-X
Earshot
Dry Cell
Tricky
Kidneythieves



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ocelot-05
November 8th 2005



807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Speaking of Chester Bennington, look to your left. For a while I had young Jonathan Davis, but now (11-08-05) you can clearly see lil' Chesty in his prime years. He's a cutie pie :lol:This Message Edited On 11.24.05

SamRI
November 8th 2005



5 Comments


Good review!!! Never cared to see the movie tho. Heh, whenever Chester Bennington is mentioned, it seems that all hell breaks loose around here :D

Rob_Nuts
November 9th 2005



15 Comments



Great Review.
I think this album is underated, from the songs i've
heard anyway. I think that Jon Davies should have
sung not meant for me and system as they sound
great on the movie

NEDM
November 9th 2005



1113 Comments


Static-X is highly underrated.

Except for their one song, Love Dump. Gross.

EDIT: Good review by the way!This Message Edited On 11.09.05

masada
November 9th 2005



2733 Comments


I think some black metal or death metal would have been better suited for this, instead of nu-metal, but I guess that wouldn't be too accessable for a lot of movie-goers.

Aww screw it. Nothing will be the Repo Man one.This Message Edited On 11.09.05

Med57
Moderator
November 9th 2005



1001 Comments


Cool review. I've never heard this and with the exception of Vinnie Colaiuta, I'm not really that big a fan of the musicians on here, so I doubt that I will do in a hurry. Anyway, typically good stuff.

ocelot-05
November 12th 2005



807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No one noticed my foreskin joke.

Xander_Christ
November 12th 2005



132 Comments


I like most of the singers and bands on this soundtrack, but don't particularily like the songs that Davis composed. Too gothic, not rock enough for my tastes. System is a decent song, as is Not Meant For Me, but Redeemer is by far the worst song Manson has ever recorded and Slept So long is very mediocre as well. The non-originals make it worthwhile though.

Cravinov13
November 12th 2005



3854 Comments


Movie wasn't so hott, but the soundtrack kicked @$$.

ocelot-05
December 1st 2005



807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not complaining or anything, but there's a surprisingly small amount of votes for this review considering the number of comments. It's fair to say that this review was pretty detailed, and not just in the t-b-t sense either.

Cravinov13
February 9th 2006



3854 Comments


I hate Linkin Park, but I loved Chester Bennigton's song on this CD, as Marilyn Manson's, Wayne Static's, an Kidneytheives.



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