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Various Artists - 'Punisher: War Zone' Soundtrack

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Various Artists - Punisher: War Zone Soundtrack

Various Artists - Punisher: War Zone Soundtrack

Wouldn't it be great if chick flicks used metal music in their soundtracks? Hearing Metallica in The Notebook or Lamb Of God in 27 Dresses would certainly make them more tolerable, but it's not going to happen. Instead, it's the action and horror movies that generally use metal songs.

Punisher: War Zone is the perfect vehicle for metal. It's filled with anger, violence and blood. The soundtrack gets off to a rousing start with songs from well-known artists like Rob Zombie, Slayer and Slipknot. It goes into more mainsteam and melodic territory with Rise Against, Seether and Kerli.

7 Days Away is right in the middle of the CD. They are an unsigned band who won a contest that more than 5,000 bands entered. The Indiana hard rock group's song "Take Me Away" is melodic, but still heavy. If the rest of their material is like this song, they'll definitely draw some label interest.

The next few songs on Punisher: War Zone are by lesser known artists such as Machines Of Loving Grace, Justice and Pendulum, which are more industrial. Hatebreed is next, covering the Sepultura classic "Refuse/Resist." Jamey Jasta and company are a good choice to do this song, as they have an ample supply of anger and emotion to pull it off effectively. The CD closes with Static-X and Ramallah.

There are some pretty nondescript and generic artists and songs on Punisher: War Zone, but they are superseded by the majority of the songs, which are quality tracks by well-known artists.

(released November 25, 2008 on Lionsgate)

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