“Punisher: War Zone” Soundtrack by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Punisher: War Zone” Soundtrack
Label: Lionsgate
Release Date: 11/18/2008
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 2.5/5

Fans of Marvel Comics around the globe know full well about Frank Castle, The Punisher, the anti-hero who made his first appearance in the Spider-Man comics and over the years has had three movies made about his adventures. These films find him to be the sole protagonist in his war on crime and the first film was a largely forgettable one that gave us Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) as the vigilante in 1989. This was followed by the rather on target release bearing the same name in 2004 that put Thomas Jane in the recognizable skull emblem ensemble and it’s popularity has led to a sequel. The new film is entitled “Punisher: War Zone” and this time around Castle will be played by Ray Stevenson. Having seen the trailer online I can say that it looks to be along the same level of excitement that the last movie offered and I am sure that it will feed the need of those fans that the character has. Like most movies of this kind, its release comes hand in hand with an official soundtrack CD.

The official soundtrack for “Punisher: War Zone” is exactly along the same lines of the other releases of its kind as it presents to the listener several different tracks from a number of artists and while some tunes might be new there are others that are not. It also aims at introducing the listener to bands that they might now have heard otherwise and be interested in seeking out. To be honest, these kind of albums don’t excite me as much as they used to but I did find some value in the ones for “Fantastic Four” and “Daredevil” as these were albums that introduced both Megan McCauley and Evanescence to a really big audience and helped their careers grow. It surely worked for Amy Lee’s group but would it do the same for any of the bands delivered here. It begins with new music from Rob Zombie and to me this was the same as old music from Rob Zombie. Similar groove and vibe but totally in gear for what his fans want from him. There is a tune from Slayer, Slipknot, and Hatebreed and Static-X but the fans of those artists already have these tunes on those bands respective releases. Of course I had never heard Hatebreed’s take on the Sepultura classic so found that rather cool. I did like what I heard from the band Kerli, who came off as a quasi-Gothic Hard Rock outfit with a girl singer and the contest winning 7 Days Away, who get to offer up their “Take Me Away” track. It of course has the similar vibe of all those mid-tempo Alt-Hard Rock bands so if you like that, perhaps this will do it for you. Senses Fail reminded me of Blink 182 and the song by Justice I recognize from a number of television commercials. I honestly could have done without either of them. Pendulum came off a little bit like a Hard Rock meets New Wave band and the dudes in Ramallah brought us back to the genre whose time has long past which is that Rap infused Metal Groove stuff. There is a limited foldout included and while it presents a couple of photos, it could have been a little more colorful with action photos. This was an okay listen at best and one that I don’t see myself referring to much even after loading it on my music player. It might be time to start thinking about saving these kinds of CD’s as a bonus inclusion to be found when you purchase the movie on DVD. Hell, for that matter they can save more money by just making the soundtrack a bonus feature that the viewer can select.

Track Listing:
1. Rob Zombie – War Zone
2. Slayer – Final Six
3. Slipknot – Psychosocial
4. Rise Against – Historia Calamitatum
5. Seether – Fallen
6. Kerli – Bulletproof
7. 7 Days Away – Take Me Away
8. Senses Fail – The Past Is Proof
9. Machines Of Loving Grace – Butterfly Wings
10. Justice – Genesis
11. Pendulum – Slowdown
12. Hatebreed – Refuse/Resist
13. Static-X – Lunatic
14. Ramallah – Days Of Revenge

Official Website: http://www.punisherwarzonemovie.com

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