Scorpion King: At Least the Soundrack is Good
Mike Hess
6/16/2002 8:06:37 PM

Movie producers finally realize the importance of putting together a solid soundtrack, which is exactly what Godsmack's Sully Erna did when producing The Scorpion King soundrack [Universal Records]. The album passes the test that far too many soundtracks have failed: it has more than one or two big name artists, and more than one track that can stand out amongst itself.

The movie's theme song, and only single thus far is Godsmack's "I Stand Alone", which brings the band away from their normal Alice In Chains rip-off sound, and packs a hell of a whallop with dark guitar licks and powerful verses from Erna. Disregard the laughable backup vocals, and you've got a killer track.

The never disappointing and always original System of a Down lash out with "Streamline", a song that certainly isn't as strong as any track on Toxicity, their breathtaking 2001 release, though "Streamline" is still good enough to beat out most other tracks on the album. Serj Tankian's entrancing vocals are downright awesome (check out the 10-second mammoth of a scream just after the three minute mark). Add in Daron Malakian's dirty-mouthed guitar and innocent backing vocals, and System has another winner.

A few other nod-worthy tracks off of the album are a remix of P.O.D.'s "Set It Off", a song originally off of their Youth of the Nation album. The track is choppier than the original, and has a bit more bounce than crunch. Wind-Up Records also has two of their heavy-hitters on the album, as Creed dishes out yet another oversung, oversappy and overly bad track "To Whom it May Concern", while Drowning Pool's "Break You" is your run-of-the-mill nu-metal, but the superb guitar strokes from C.J. Pierce. Sevendust also seems to have had a stroke of the past, as "Corrected" flaunts their stylish blend of hard-and-harmonious.

The rest of the disc doesn't hold much ground in comparison to the standouts, aside from the collaboration between Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne titled "Iron Head". It's not Black Sabbath, and it's not White Zombie, but it's a great blend of the two.

Rounding out the disc are Nickelback, who have yet to show any rock credibility, a boring track from Hoobastank, Disturbed-clones Flaw and Mushroomhead.


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