Death Race Soundtrack19.08.08 # Soundtrack # 47 Comments
So here’s the Death Race soundtrack. You may know Paul W.S. Anderson (or PWSA as the texting kids call him) as head teacher at the Uwe Boll school of video-games-to-cinema-slaughter. His most recent effort isn’t necessarily a video game, (although I’m sure they made one and it’s sitting in the bargain bins of your local gaming store right now) it’s more of a very loose remake of 1975’s Death Race 2000. I say very loose in the fact that the only similarity between the two films is that they both feature a race, and there’s probably some death involved as well.
The music itself though, is not a rehash. The Death Race score was composed by ex Tangerine Dreamer, Paul Haslinger, whose body of work as a composer seems to follow a specific genre trend: Mostly teen demographic popcorners (yeah, I just made that word up), and a few video game titles.
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What Paul Haslinger pulls out for this film is a blend of hypnotic, hard driving industrial elements along with classic orchestral arrangements that really work well with the films saturated color mood. In fact, I really like the drab, droning menace that this score provides. A lot of great open string guitars and industrial pipe clanging that make me pray that they don’t bury this score under the usual action sound effect soundtrack. Usually with directors like this, a lot of the score gets stifled in the mix. Let it breathe Paul… Let it breathe. It’s OK to sometimes let the music speak instead of the actors.
I like to think that any film, good or bad, can be made better with a prominent and interesting soundtrack, and Paul Haslinger’s work, for me, has made this film better.
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DEATH RACE SOUNDTRACK – TRACK LISTING
1. A Hard Sport For A Hard Age (01:48)
2. Grim The Reaper (01:39)
3. Death Race Main Titles (03:01)
4. Riot (01:12)
5. Prison Arrival (02:28)
6. Meet The Monster (01:51)
7. Punch It (03:42)
8. Frank Walk (02:08)
9. Hennessey (00:11)
10. Say What (01:58)
11. Man On A Rampage (02:35)
12. You Are Not Fit For Society (03:05)
13. Lose Him Or Kill Him (01:40)
14. Solitary (00:43)
15. The Final Race (04:18)
16. Good Luck Joe (02:08)
17. Frank Surrenders (00:58)
18. Terminal (01:19)
19. A Chance For Something Else (04:16)