This summer’s hottest movie also comes with a hot soundtrack with such killers as the return of Soundgarden and the debut of PusherJones. The combination of grunge and post-grunge rockers, by the likes of Bush, Shinedown and a dozen others, makes for a pretty interesting soundtrack and one that for the most part, concentrates on heavy rock beats and fast songs. The chances are, if you enjoy one of these bands, the soundtrack will serve as a good compilation.
Soundgarden’s Live To Rise kicks off the soundtrack and marks the first newly recorded song that the band have released since reforming in 2010. It’s not typical SG and sounds like a modern take on their grunge sound. It’s quite cool and has a slick power rock groove and big ass production. Chris Cornell’s personality is all over this one and if it's any indication of what the new Soundgarden album will sound like, then we'd better get ready to welcome back the 90s.
Shinedown included a powerful track called I’m Alive, which is one of the band’s punchier tunes. There’s some nice guitar work from Zach Myers and sold vocals from Brent Smith. The song could have easily been a featured track from earlier albums like Leave A Whisper or Us and Them. Bush’s rocker Into The Blue sounds like a track that could have easily made it onto last year’s reunion CD The Sea of Memories.
Other key moments include a remix of Evanescence New Way To Bleed, which sounds almost as if it was originally made for a movie soundtrack and the outstanding track on the entire soundtrack from PusherJones – Count On Me. It’s PusherJones debut single and hopefully gives us an idea of what to expect from a full album. The animated band is the brainchild of Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner and Simpsons creative director Dave Warren. The music was recorded by members of Velvet Revolver, Queens of the Stone Age and Weezer, which would explain its Guns N’ Roses/Aerosmith vibe.
The rest is pretty much what you would expect from these bands, including some decent music from Rise Against, Papa Roach, Black Veil Brides, Redlight King,Buckcerry, Five Finger Death Punch and a solid track from Cherri Bomb. The soundtrack would have been better had they left off Scott Weiland’s Breathe and the horrible Pistols At Dawn from Kasbian. But Soundgarden’s return and the debut of PusherJones alone make this an important summer release not to miss.