The Immortals
Mortal Kombat - The Album


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zaine USER (13 Reviews)
December 27th, 2005 | 13 replies | 4,572 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

::The Immortals :: Mortal Kombat - The Album::

Ah, the days of arcade gaming. Spending all your parent’s quarters for no reward other than getting your initials on a high score list, unless you were lucky enough to have a 3 letter name. One game in 1992 sprung more controversy in the arcade world than any other. It was Mortal Kombat. Using digitalized images of actual people, it differentiated itself from the more anime style of other fighting games like Street Fighter II. Plus its involvement with blood spatter and the ever popular “Fatality", there was a lot for politicians to be angry about. All this popularity, good and bad, helped enhance the excitement over the title. This lead to its first full motion picture, appropriately titled “Mortal Kombat" in the year 1995.

The album Mortal Kombat - The Album uses different types of techno, j-pop, and rock to feed directly off of the kung-fu style of the motion picture. Using the main characters of the movie and the first game: Johnny Cage, Kano, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sonya, Rayden, and Goro, the album gives a nice theme song for each based on their style and history. Such as Rayden the Thunder God. His song on the album is mostly techno, and electronica. Giving nice house type style techno and rap to explain his origin and his involvement in the Mortal Kombat world. The nice, upbeat sounds really bring the Mortal Kombat feel to it.

The characters from the Earthrealm, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage, and Liu Kang all have a different sound to them. Sonya’s Tune begins with some nice electronica to get the kung fu mode in, and it swiftly turns into a speed-pop and rap mix. Sonya was on the police force chasing after Kano, which is what convinces her to be in the Mortal Kombat. It goes on to explain how she has all the energy and power which directly links to her ego, which you get a feel for in the movie. Johnny Cage has more of a J-Pop feel to it. It starts off with people shouting “Prepare Yourself" then goes on with his story. Johnny Cage, a martial arts actor from California, is not afraid to die, because it would get him lots of publicity. His ego is again, explained much better in the movie. The mortal kombat, techno feel kicks in and instead of the first person rapping, like in Sonya’s song, its people representing him as the young, strong, fighter who is fearless. Liu Kang, the last Earthrealm fighter, has a much more authentic feel. Or at least in the beginning. It begins with some Chinese bell sounding techno beats. It builds into the disembodied voice that is ever so popular in the Mortal Kombat series. It goes into a house beat featuring some sounds from the video game, like his groans and battle cries.

The ninjas might be some of the more popular characters in the Mortal Kombat series. Sub-Zero, with his ability to freeze people and manipulate ice, and Scorpion with his palm spear and the fiery under skull which engulfs people in flame, have definitely made their mark. Sub-Zero’s theme song begins with a Coldplay-esque piano intro with some Chinese drums and cymbals to enhance the sound. This sound and lyric combo make it very J-Poppy. No real explanation behind the character here, just some references to his heart being cold and a mysterious past. Some really nice techno mixes really get that Mortal Kombat, pre-combat feel. Scorpion‘s track begins with a really deep voice (Scorpion) speaking “Scorpion. Lost soul. Bent on revenge." Then it gets all techno-ey on us. A very high voice, possibly a tenor, starts speaking with a pop tune “Lost sould with a revenge…" Then it uses some nice game voices of Scorpion’s ever popular tag-lines C’mere", and “Get over here". More house music kicks in and the same tenor voice comes back into play.

The outworld prince, otherwise known as Goro has his own song too. Even though he wasn’t a playable character, he was still one of the most memorable ones from the game for his immense size, his pony tail and oh yeah, his had four arms which the size of one fist was larger than the average man’s torso. This song is the darkest on the album. Opening with some really cryptic synth, it continues to tell his story. How he was born on a distant planet, had four arms, and has a prince he was trained to fight…to conquer. The vocals sound a bit cheesy when they yell his name, but its all good. With some woman screaming in the background, it gets a little more intense. This is a really great techno song that ends with some more haunting synth.

The last aspect of the album is the theme music. There is two different mixes of themes here. The first one, Techno Syndrome, is the more authentic version, in that it sounds much more similar to the one that we all have heard. Beginning with a gong, it goes into a nice techno build up with a deep voice chanting “Test Your Might", which was a popular mini-game from the first arcade hit. Then the famous “Mortal Kombat!" holler comes into the mix and it goes into the famous Mortal Kombat techno theme song, sometimes confused with the Mission: Impossible theme. There is occasional speaking of the main characters, Johnny Cage, Kano, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sonya, Rayden, and Goro. The second version, Hypnotic House has much more of a house style techno vibe to it. This time alternating from “Test Your Might" and “Mortal Kombat" in the opening. Then the bass kicks in and it gets more upbeat. Back to the saying the main characters, then it breaks down with some more sound clips from the game. The mix is pretty good, but the other one was better. Although it is nice to have two different versions of the theme on one album.



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Two-Headed Boy
December 27th 2005



4527 Comments


... huh. video games.

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments


Oh my God, I owned the Ahnnialation soundtrack but I had no clue that had the game music on a cd. I need this now.

Nice review. You covered everything. The amount information was overwhelming :thumb:.

Zaine
December 27th 2005



199 Comments


666 comments for beyond. scary. thanks for the feedback. anyone else? it wasn't real easy for me to listen to constant techno for 45 minutes.

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments


Thanks for mentioning it Zaine. Cheers to 667.

Two-Headed Boy
December 27th 2005



4527 Comments


hats off to your review. it's gotta be hard making a review on a video game influenced album.

orignially posted by Zaine
it wasn't real easy for me to listen to constant techno for 45 minutes.


...and yet you give it a 4This Message Edited On 12.27.05

Zebra
Moderator
December 27th 2005



2647 Comments


Nice, you should have done this sooner.

I just played some Mortal Kombat for the Xbox, co-op is so easy.

Bootface
December 27th 2005



11 Comments


Holy crap, some guys made a mortal kombat album? THOSE MOTHERFUCKERS. I thought I'd be so unique, because I wanted to eventually do a mortal kombat concept album. Although mine wouldn't be theme songs for the characters, they'd be actual melodic death metal songs about things and storylines within the mortal kombat. I've already written the instrumentals of one of the songs. It's called Soulnado, about Shang Tsungs tornado of souls and stuff.

enterwilde
December 27th 2005



57 Comments


you openng paragraph was great :D

Shadows
Moderator
December 27th 2005



2530 Comments


I've been playing a lot of MK Deadly Alliance lately. A guilty pleasure I guess. THe movie is good for a laugh.

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments


I like the one fatality in Deception where Sub-Zero rips out your spine and then throws it away. It is so fucking sick.

Zaine
December 27th 2005



199 Comments


[quote=ShadowsFallen]
THe movie is good for a laugh.[/quote]

same here buddy.

and if you like the review, vote for it or ill sick Goro on your ass.


Shadows
Moderator
December 27th 2005



2530 Comments


[QUOTE=Zaine]and if you like the review, vote for it or ill sick Goro on your ***.[/QUOTE]

:eek:

/votes

/votes NO :D

Jefe
January 26th 2006



5 Comments


Excellent review man, after I bought this album and put some of these songs on my mp3 my friends had some serious jealousy. "Holy crap man! Where'd you get these Mortal Kombat songs?!"



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