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  • When I heard that Jonathon Davis was writing 5 songs for the “Queen of the Damned” soundtrack.. Sure, i was excited, but i had no idea that it would turn out this brilliant. The five songs that he wrote have rapidly become 5 of my all time favourites. Everything about them, mood, lyrics.. It all fits a discontent Vampire like Lestat perfectly. In the process of writing these songs, Davis has given Lestat more character and more soul.. Which is a pretty mean feat. Yes, they may sound a bit like Gothic Korn songs.. But i see no problem with that. With lyrics like “I’ve killed a million petty souls, but i couldn’t.. Couldn’t kill you… I’ve slept so long without you”, and “I’m trapped in this world, lonely and fading, heartbroke and waiting, for you to come… We’re, stuck in this world.. That’s not meant for me” and finally “I hear it fading, i can’t speak it, or else you will dig my grave”.. John has made Lestat more of a tortured soul, a little more human, a little more confused, which is something that does happen in the later novels of the Vampire chronicles (eg. “Memnoch the Devil”).Davis does not sing these songs on the soundtrack (the reasons for which have yet to be properly explained, many said he sings in the film but not the soundtrack, others say it’s the exact opposite), i was disappointed when i heard this, but when i saw the lineup of talent that was called in in his place, my disapointment turned to utter anticipation.Wayne Static of Static X hit’s things off with “Not Meant For Me”, an angry song and a perfect start to the soundtrack. David Draiman of Disturbed (arguably the best of the new breed of Nu-Metal) is up next with “Forsaken”, my second favourite. If any song sums up the trials and tribulations of a vampire, it’s this. Linkin Park’s Chester Bannington joins in with “System”. While it’s my least favourite of the five, that isn’t saying much, as i dearly love them all. It, like the other four has great sound, great lyrics, an ominous mood, a nice length (at 5 minutes) and it actually picks up half way through and gets better, which is something of a rarity. The Big man himself.. Marilyn Manson joins the fun with “Redeemer” which will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first of these songs that i ever heard, and when i heard it, relief washed over me as i knew i was in for something spectacular. I find it the most playful of the bunch, it get the feeling Marilyn is singing it with a sly little grin (don’t ask me where that feeling comes from).Like all good albums, they’ve saved the best for last, my personal (and everyone who i’ve played it for) favourite.. “Slept So Long” by Jay Gordon of Orgy. Anyone who has seen the “Family Values” tour knows that Gordon and Davis go together like peas and carrots, so there was no way this was going to be bad. It’s the longest of the 5 (at 5 minutes and 20 seconds) and it is also the greatest 5 minutes and 20 seconds you’ll ever have, it’s the sort of song that has everyone listening to it grinning in awe. I absolutly love it. No more can be said.. Just buy it and listen.The soundtrack is also filled with other greats, the best of which is Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness”. If you haven’t heard it, take Korn’s “Daddy” and replace the daddy with a Mother, and you’ve got the picture, it’s classic. While every song is great, my other favourites are “Cold” by Static X, “Excess” by Tricky (which was also in “13 Ghosts”), “Penetrate” by Godhead and “Dead Cell” by Papa Roach. It’s also good to have an awesome horror soundtrack without even One Rob Zombie song.. I never thought i’d see the day.An all round classic soundtrack, that like the Crow movies and “Spawn”, will probably vastly overshadow the film. It is without doubt, the greatest soundtrack i’ve ever heard.

    Posted on December 13, 2009