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The Matrix is a landmark technical achievement as a film, aided entirely by the special effects and, of course, a pumping soundtrack to boot. The Matrix Soundtrack really delivers plenty of pungent rock that's certainly not "flavour of the week" songs, and generally still hold up well and remind us of particular sections of the film. Although I prefer Don Davis's score CD, this is still a great collection of films "from the motion picture" (even if some of them just appear on the credits).
The first track is "Rock is Dead" by Marilyn Manson, a typically aggressive, strange and frenetic track from Manson. I can't see that it has much relevance to the Matrix but it is a catchy tune and is at least anarchic, which is very much in the spirit of what the film is about.
The second song is "Spybreak" by Propellerheads, the song used during the Neo/Morpheus dojo fight, and it has the very memorable phrase, "I wanna take you on a rollercoaster", which, aided by the song, this scene undeniably does with its impressive action.
Rob Dougan's "Clubbed to Death" is probably one of the most famous songs: it plays in the film as Neo and Morpheus are walking through a training program and Morpheus is explaining the Matrix. It has also been used in tonnes of adverts.
Rob Zombie's "Dragula" is also memorable as a slice of intense metal that plays when Neo enters the club where he meets Trinity for the first time. However, the most important track is without a doubt Rage Against the Machine's "Wake Up" which kicks in just before the film ends and plays over the credits, important because it will always be stuck in the collective consciousness as the song that closed one of the most mind-blowing action films of all time.
This was the second CD I ever bought (the first being Zimmerman's "Gladiator" orchestral soundtrack). Techinically, this disc is not strictly a "soundtrack" but rather a collection of songs from or inspired by the movie.
It really is quite a mixed bag. Rob Zombie's fantastic "Clubbed to Death", which features in the "Twins Training Program" scene of the movie, is surely a highlight on the disc. It is rather long, but wonderfully atmospheric - heavy beats, hefty strings and a cool, calculated sense of menace are contrasted with a beautiful, if not haunting classical piano interlude. It makes great driving music!
Other favourites of mine from the album is the Propollerheads "Minefields" - the music used for the famous "Lobby Scene" in the scene. Perhaps it's the direct association with the incribly cool martial arts / bullet-time / frenzied shoot 'em up scene that gives this track such a kick. The other tracks that feature in the film aren't quite so noticeable - "Gradula" for example, plays during the scene in the night club near the start of the movie. It's a crunching, hard rock / electronica track with a lot of, shall we say, "balls"?
The rest of album has a distinctly dark tone to it - in fitting the film in many ways. There are some ignorable tracks and some slightly bizarre ones (Rammstein's "Du Hast" seems to bear no relation to anything that happens in the film - well, not that I can decipher!) The producer's choice of Rage's "Wake Up" was absolutely impeccable. That moment when Neo hangs up the phone and the track just explodes into the main bass riff - man, powerful stuff indeed!
I thought the film 'The Matrix' was the best film of 1999. It mixed great fight scenes with thought-provoking philosophy. The Soundtrack album is great and definitely well suited to the film. It is a mixture of music from the film and music inspired by it. Some of the tracks are fast dance music (2 Spybreak!, 5 PrimeAudio Soup), some are calmer (4 Clubbed to death), and some just sound angry (1 Rock is Dead, 12 Du Hast). It is just over an hour long with 13 tracks: 1. Marilyn Manson ‘Rock is Dead’ – This track, as with much of Manson’s work, sounds heavy and the lyrics are angry. 2. Propellerheads ‘Spybreak!’ – This track accompanies some of the fight scenes. It is very much dance music and is quite repetitive as it has no vocals. 3. Ministry ‘Bad Blood’ – Bad Blood sounds stranger than the first two with its screechy start and loud bass. 4. Rob D ‘Clubbed to Death’ – This track is slower and calmer than most of the others. It accompanies a scene near the beginning of the film. It is the longest track on the CD. 5. Meat Beat Manifesto ‘Prime Audio Soup’ – This track accompanies an exciting scene in the middle of the film and some fight scenes. It is exciting and upbeat. The lyrics (not on the film version) are actually more repetitive than the music! 6. Lunatic Calm ‘Leave You Far Behind’ – This is another fight scene track. It is fast and is one of my favourite on the album. 7. Prodigy ‘Mindfields’ – This track starts slow but speeds up. It has fast vocals as with some other Prodigy songs. 8. Rob Zombie ‘Dragula’ – This track has a lot of bass and features on the film at exciting points. This is another of my favourites. 9. Deftones ‘My Own Summer’ – My Own Summer is slow but not calm as s
ome others. It has loud bass and is more ‘normal’ has it has ‘proper’ lyrics. 10. Hive ‘Ultrasonic sound’ – This song is calmer and quite repetitive. 11. Monster Magnet ‘Look to Your Orb for the Warning – This is another ‘normal’ song with louder music in-dispersed between the verses. 12. Rammstein ‘Du Hast’ – Du Hast (you have) has deep German lyrics and variates between deep bass music and higher fast techno. 13. Rage Against The Machine ‘Wake Up’ – This track is used in the ‘it has only just begun’ scene at the end. It has ‘angry’ lyrics similar to track 1.
What a great film if anybody has not seen this film you must be in hibernation. This film has lots of action and you can't get anough of the preaty Trinity. so why wait go see the great film its got so much and the rescue well the rescue you will have to see for yourself. This film is worth watching over and over again it's just one of those brilliant films that you can't stop watching. So If haven't watched it go out to those shops and buy it NOW!!!
The film the Matrix was a summer blockbuster in 1999, starring Keanu Reeves and ‘that chick from the Matrix’. It’s special effects won lots of acclaim and it has since been emulated and parodied in so many other films that it probably has its own small corner in Hollywood history. I didn’t see the film in the cinema, but shortly after when it came out on video. Watching the film, the music didn’t stand out all through (although in truth I was only part watching anyway as it was on at a party with friends) but there were several tracks (particularly the inclusion of Prodigy and Rob Zombie in a club scene) that did make me sit up and pay attention. The soundtrack is a blend of industrial rock that ranges from an electronic, dancey end to heavy crunching metal, yet somehow comes together surprisingly coherently and is all in keeping with the film. Lots of pounding electronic noises and beeps throughout most of it, but with 'proper' instruments too. It was album of the month in Rock Sound (#4) and got a good review in Metal Hammer too, but initially I didn’t think much of it, even after a friend at university recommended it. I finally bought it to make up 5 CDs for £30 in Virgin, and I’m glad I did. I’ve never reviewed a compilation before, but since it lacks the coherence of a normal album I think I’ll break it up (I’ve only really heard of about 2/3 of these artists too, but I’ll do my best to enlighten you): 01 Marilyn Manson – Rock is Dead (3:10) Taken from his ‘Mechanical Animals’ album, this is Manson in his industrial glam-rock phase. It’s really energetic, with a Bowie-esque stomp to it, but intelligent hard-hitting lyrics: ‘Rock is deader than dead Shock is all in your head Your sex and your dope is all that we’re fed… God is in the TV… Build a new to God To medic
ate and to ape Sell us ersatz Dressed up and real fake Anything to belong’ 02 Propellerheads – Spybreak (Short One) (4:01) This is the Matrix theme everyone knows. Not the most inspired piece, but an insistent driving drum’n’bass style beat. Pretty good, but not the kind of thing I’d listen to on an album normally. Don’t suppose you can really call it filler though, ‘cos you expect it here! 03 Ministry – Bad Blood (4:59) One for the old industrial fans here :) Back in the 1980s, before Trent Reznor’s rise, Ministry were the biggest industrial metal band on the planet. Somewhere in a trail of drugs and rock and roll (increasingly drugs…) the frantic energy that made ‘The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste’ and ‘Land Of Rape And Honey’ such classics deserted them. My judgement’s reserved on later albums, but thankfully this track’s a good ‘un that harks back to the old days. 04 Rob D – Clubbed to Death (7:26) A pretty nice instrumental, mixing classical influences and piano with an electronic piece, that drifts by for over 7 minutes. It’s not simply repetitive, but I do tend to find it rather dull. It’s a remix of the music from the Neo/Morpheus fight in the film though. 05 Meat Beat Manifesto – Prime Audio Soup (6:17) This is much better – another electronic track, more in a chillout vein than a dance one, but then with the ‘Let me be free’ chorus a heavier beat gives it a slightly rockier feel. 06 Lunatic Calm – Leave You Far Behind (3:12) This is another seemingly ‘filler track’. Not being by a recognised band or anything, I wouldn’t say it stood out at first, but listening through to the album it’s actually a pretty good if under-rated song. A similar electro-rock feel to the rest, wi
th distinctive vocal effects; “I wanna take you on a roller-coaster/ I wanna leave you far behind”. 07 Prodigy – Mindfields (5:41) A great big dirty slab of heavy dance music. If you liked ‘Fire Starter’ and ‘Breathe’ then you’ll probably appreciate this one too, but it’s heavy and menacing enough to fit in here. 08 Rob Zombie – Dragula (Hot Rod Herman Remix) (4:37) Ex-frontman of White Zombie gone solo, this is Rob’s ‘big hit’ (once featured in an episode of ‘King Of The Hill’ too…). Pretty standard industrial-metal really, but he gets something just right as it’s certainly infectious! 09 Deftones – My Own Summer (Shove It) (3:35) Any real metal fan will know this one. A classic slab of nu-metal, beginning with Chino’s quiet crooning before exploding into screams of ‘Shove it!’. I never used to like the Deftones much, but this song did a lot to change my mind. The musicianship’s tight as ever, but the real key is the range Chino gets with his vocals, which go from whispers to full-on shouting. 10 Hive – Ultrasonic Sound (4:54) It begins with a strange sample of people talking, but turns into a pretty decent dance/industrial track. There’s a decent, but repetitive, beat with a simple vocal over the top, going on about ‘supersonic output’ or something. Easily over looked due to not being by one of the big bands present, but better than filler. 11 Monster Magnet – Look To Your Orb For Warning (4:43) Slightly different from their normal stoner-rock, Monster Magnet aren’t normally my thing (apart from ‘Spacelord’, which is a cool song) but this pretty slow-paced non-electronic song should seem out of place, going on about somewhere ‘down by the river’, but fits in well enough. Probably one of
the worse tracks, but it has got some good company, and doesn’t drag down overall quality. 12 Rammstein – Du Hast (3:54) Ooh, Germany’s answer to Nine Inch Nails serve up one of the highlights for me. A fine slab of industrial metal (apparently Madonna wants to work with these guys…) with the trademark German vocals. Apparently ‘Du Hast misch’ means ‘you hate me’, not ‘you have me’, but perhaps any German speakers out there can clear that up… Anyway, although the meaning may be lost, it doesn’t spoil the track, with the gruff German singing over a grinding chorus and haunting female backing vocals over the faster sections. 13 Rage Against The Machine – Wake Up (6:03) All the way back to RATM’s debut album here, for political-fuelled metal with a hint of rap (early nu-metal alert…) Actually, they were another big band that never appealed to me much, but from the opening ‘C’mon’ through the cries of ‘Wake up’ to the final ‘How long? Not long. Cos what you reap is what you sow’ it reminds us what we lost when Zack quit. Overall, this is a really good CD that I listen to quite a lot. It has a good mix of music, all to my tastes, but while in some ways it’s very varied, it fits together well and might do well to broaden some people’s tastes, so don’t hold back if you’re not sure about liking some of it. In case you’re wondering about the title, it came from the bar entz at the end of our last Hilary term – the JCR social secretaries decided to have a ‘Matrix night’ in the bar. People were encouraged to have the shades, black trenchcoats, etc (not the shotguns though, obviously) to give the college bar a bit of a theme, as we always do on a Friday night. Unfortunately the couple picked to be responsible for the music that night were
well-known aficiandos of one of my pet hates, cheesy pop music. Ok, on the majority of student nights this seems to go down well, but it seemed out of place given the Matrix theme – the soundtrack really suits the film’s image, it’s got futuristic sounds, energy, loud bits, everything. If Steps had fitted, I’m sure they’d have been there! The only concession made to the Matrix theme seemed to be playing ‘Clubbed to Death’ at the start of the night (to the empty 8pm bar!) until I managed to convince Flisch (yes, that’s what we call the girl who happened to be Djing) that she should play something off the soundtrack. ‘You got the Matrix CD back there?’ ‘Yeah, why, do you want to hear something?’ ‘Er, yeah. Don’t suppose you’ll play Deftones will you? Er, that one there, track 12 [Du Hast]’ ‘Is it good then?’ ‘Yeah, yeah, really, play it, please’ Amazingly, she did, and it went down really well. She cut it off half way through though ‘cos she didn’t like it and thought it about time we had some Abba :( Anyway, the moral of this story is that, although I don’t usually buy soundtracks, this is a great one. Not simply an excellent collection of songs, but one that really ties in with the film. Highly recommended to fans of the film or any of these types of music. Oh, and the other moral is: it’s harder to review compilations that you think!
I have to say what an absolutely brilliant album to go with an absolutely brilliant film. Right from the start to the end this soundtrack emulates the atmosphere of the film that just made you want to go out and kick someone’s ass. My favourite track on this CD is track 3 Bad Blood – Ministry it is absolutely IMMENSE. It’ll have you bouncing off the walls with itchy knuckles. But wait it gets better. You’ve just got pumped up and then you’ve got Clubbed to death to chill you back down. This CD is amazing with the brilliant tracks from the prodigy, Rob Zombie, the Deftones Rammenstien and my second favourite on this CD Rage against the Machine – Wake Up. Right from the end of the film this is a feel good song but aggressive with it. Pretty cool.
The Matrix soundtrack contains all the songs you'll remember from the film, or at least those not masked by gunfire :) The excellent 'Clubbed to Death' by Rob D is there, which was also used in a Caffrey's advert with similar positive effect. Propellerheads' 'Spybreak!' is the kind of track that by the fourth second of play, you know how good it is, and how much is wants to provoke you into action. That's the essence of these two standout tracks: energy and lots of it. Other highlights are Rage Against the Machine and Rob Zombie, whose 'Dragula' ended the film in true style. The soundtrack also features some tracks not in the film but 'inspired' by it. Personally I like them, but I don't see the reasoning behind the leaving out of Massive Attack's subtle and atmospheric 'Dissolved Girl', which is present early in the film. I own a CD writer and have reorganised the tracks to include this song as the opener, as it is sorely missed. Marilyn Manson's 'Rock is Dead' and the Prodigy's 'Mindfields', both good tracks, are unnecessary in my opinion. The trouble with many of the songs is that they have been used in other films and shows, which does detract from their effect when you are trying to remember where else you've heard them. What they do for the action or suspense is great, but maybe the commercial slant to the soundtrack could have been offset with some of the instrumental pieces specially written for the film. What you're buying is not a soundtrack of the film as such but an album of featured songs, which is great if that's what you're looking for. However, the feeling of the film, evident in soundtracks to other films that depend less on third-party music, is detracted from.
Yes who couldn't love the bullet dodging, gun firing, action filled Matrix? Being a true Matrix fan, after watching the film, i went out and bought the soundtrack, and to be honest, i was pleasantly suprised! I'm not usually a fan of soundtracks, and they usually contain quite a large variety of music, so it's hard to say you actually like all the music, but this one exceeded my hopes and i like all the music on it. Not quite what i expected as i said before, but i think it's a good mix of Rock, soul and all types of film music. It's good for a variety, including music from Rob Dougan, Rage Against the Machine, Lunatic Calm, Deftones, etc...although it does has a definite style of music, but it's not a 'get revved up' type compilation. It's more chilling out and relaxing for those sleepy sundays. There isn't really more to say but i recommend it to most of my friends.. of course nothing is for everyone but this is a good all-rounder i think, my favourites including Rob D - clubbed to death and Rage against the Machine - wake up.(keeping it short and sweet.... and rushed!)
An excellent addition to a great movie. Usually I much prefer rock/metal/grunge to techno but in this case I make an exception. From the rock/rap tastes of Rage Against The Machine to the sublime Spybreak from Propellorheads this album is a showcase of truely versatile, yet very good music. If you like either types of music this album is sure not to disappoint. As far as soundtracks go, I haven't had a very good exprience, and when I was given this I didn't expect much. Seeing Marilyn Manson as one of the artists further put me off, as I am not a great fan of his. However, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad to say I was very pleasantly surprised by 'Rock is Dead'. Then when the familiar sound of 'Spybreak' came on, and brought back memories of the fantastic fight scenes from the movie, I was hooked. This album may not be what you'd be used to listening to, but the mix of styles is a refreshing break.
The surprise smash hit of 1999, the Matrix was a truly revolutionary film. Although the visual effects and stunts are what grabs the attention, the soundtrack adds hugely to the whole film. A very anarchic, heavy rock feel is instantly noticeable from this album. The opening track, "Rock Is Dead" by Marilyn Manson sets the tone for what is to follow. The Propellerheads track, "Spybreak" is one of my all-time favourites (this is the track playing when the lobby shooting scene takes place), a high tempo techno sounding instrumental. Equally good is the Rob D "Clubbed To Death" track, also used for the Caffreys "Storm Brewing" adverts recently seen on TV. The longest track on the album this is a wonderfully atmospheric track that really captures what the film is all about. I have never been much of a fan of Prodigy, but "Mindfields" is another great dance/techno track. There are a few oddball songs on the album, including "Du Hast" by German heavy metal group Rammstein. Rage Against The Machine, another band not noted for their liking for authority provide the final song, "Wake Up", the track that plays over the closing credits of the film. This is one of my favourite soundtracks, even though a lot of the music on it is not the sort I usually listen to. Definitely highly recommended
So what's so good about The Matrix soundtrack? This is actually the only soundtrack I have ever owned. I ran out to buy it after seeing the movie, despite only recognising the Propellerheads track (from the lobby scene). This sound track is filled with many songs that are techno and/or rocked based, the songs fit perfectly for The Matrix, as techno is regarded as "futuristic" sounding. I enjoy a good beat that I can chill to and I find that very easy to do with this album. There are no slow songs on here. Also, if I am ever not in the mood to work, I pop in this CD and set it on some of the Techno tracks and go to the beat. It's mostly fast paced and it helps the time go by quicker. While my reasons may not be over sentimental value or how different the songs are, I appreciate this album for the quality it does provide for those who do enjoy techno and rock. When I bought this CD, it was only really because it included the Propellerheads song. But when I got home and listened to it, I gradually began to like the other songs on it. Tracks 1. Marilyn Manson- Rock is Dead Call him what you like, I call him freaky, but I did enjoy the beat on this song. The guitar riffs are really good and made me appreciate his other music more. 2. Propellerheads- Spybreak! Mostly has a techno beat to it. This is one of my favourite dance tracks of all time. It successfully manages to stay the right side of repetitiveness, as many dance songs fail to do. 3. Ministry Bad- Blood It has a consistent beat. Sort of a rage rock song. Good for head banging you could say. It isn't one of my favourite songs on this album, but it is still worth a listen. 4. Rob D- Clubbed to Death Running almost 8 minutes long it can leave you breathless. With no actual words to it this is a mostly techno beat song. I love the violin intro, and through out the m
usic there are bits of violin and piano, makes a beautiful combination. I think it was on one of the Caffrey's ads a couple of years ago. 5. Meat Beat Manifesto- Prime Audio Soup Another techno filled song but this time with the words "Set Me Free" through out it. If you are looking for something a little more fast paced to drive with or listen to this is a great song. Not one of my favourites, though. 6. Lunatic Calm- Leave You Far Behind Yet another fast paced techno beat song. 7. Prodigy- Mindfields The Prodigy are one of my favourite bands around. I do not rate this as one of their best songs, but it is still very good. It is another techno track, with a cool backing tune. The lyrics are a lttle repetitve though. 8. Rob Zombie- Dragula From the remix on this sound track, it gives the impression of a Techno/Rock mix and that is what I feel Rob Zombie's music is. You could say though he is more rock then techno but he still makes a good beat to listen to. 9. Deftones- My Own Summer Apart from Rock is Dead, this is the only track that could be described as being a rock song. It is by far my favourite song on the album. It might not be to everyone's taste, but I don't really know anyone who doesn't like it. 10. Hive- Ultrasonic Sound This is a rock/techno song, starts off with mostly rock but towards the end the techno is more obvious. There are no real lyrics to it. Towards the end of the song there are some words spoken but this mixture mainly has an all around good beat. 11. Monster Magnet- Look to Your Orb I had never heard of this group until this sound track and I don't think I ever would have if I didn't purchase it. This is my least favourite song, but it is still quite good. 12. Rammstein- Du Hast This song is in German ,but I think it is an awesome song even if most of
it is not understandable. You can feel the emotions given off by the singer from this song though. He sings it with such raw emotion. 13. Rage Against the Machine- Wake Up Every time I hear this song I can't help but picture Neo (Reeves) flying off into the air and then the credits roll. This is one of the few bands I did know before purchasing this album. If you are a Rage Against the Machine fan you would like this song. I think it's a good song and it fits the movie well. If you aren't a big fan of Techno I don't think you will like this sound track as much as I do. But it is definitely worth listening to at least once. In order, these are my favourite songs on the album: Deftones- My Own Summer Rob D- Clubbed to Death Propellerheads- Spybreak! RATM- Wake Up Marilyn Manson- Rock is Dead Rob Zombie- Dragula Prodigy- Minefields
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Rock Is Dead - Marilyn Manson, Marilyn Mason
2 Spybreak! (Short One) - Propellerheads
3 Bad Blood - Ministry
4 Clubbed to Death [Kurayamino Mix] - Rob D.
5 Prime Audio Soup - Meat Beat Manifesto
6 Leave You Far Behind - Lunatic Calm
7 Mindfields - The Prodigy
8 Dragula [Hot Rod Herman Remix] - Rob Zombie
9 My Own Summer (Shove It) - Deftones
10 Ultrasonic Sound - Hive
11 Look to Your Orb for the Warning - Monster Magnet
12 Hast - Rammstein
13 Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine