Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Rainbow Six: Lockdown – Official Soundtrack”
Label: Calvin Records
Release Date: 11/15/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
When you see the developments made since the days of “pong” in regards to the video gaming systems you realize that this is not a passing fad and its here to stay as part of our culture. Gaming has become an industry force to be reckoned with and every few years there are advancements that make the previous years devices seem like cheap toys. Visually stunning and action packed games like “Medal Of Honor”, and “Grand Theft Auto” rule the electronic shops in terms of sales. Author Tom Clancy has based a game on his writings and brings us “Rainbow Six: Lockdown” which is an action packed espionage and tactical military game. The other major development in video gaming is the use of incredible soundtracks which no longer are canned electronic rhythms but now are full songs by some of today’s biggest artists. The soundtrack for “Rainbow Six: Lockdown” is a brutal selection of Metal by some of the most current icons. Fear Factory’s Ray Herrera had a large hand in the production of this soundtrack and he made certain that the music to accompany the game would be just as much in your face. The release finds a couple of Fear Factory tracks and signature pieces from Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad, and Mnemic. These tracks are intense and come from bands that you should be focusing on as a Metal fan if you happen to be hearing about them for the first time. In addition there are a couple of straight ahead rockers to sate your appetite and allow you some measure of calm before the attack begins again. Bands like Not Forgotten and Last Amanda deliver the goods on their contributions. The CD comes with a DVD that features a couple of video tracks but I did not have a copy to review for this writing. The soundtrack is good enough to own even if you are not a Gamer as it’s a nice sampler of some of the best Metal that you can buy today.
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