Personnel: Chester Bennington (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Amir Derakh (guitar, synthesizer, programming); Ryan Shuck (guitar); Anthony "Fu" Valcic (synthesizer, programming).
Audio Mixers: Black Light Burns; Dan Turner; Danny Lohner; Andy Sneap; Sean Beavan; Wes Borland; Rob Caggiano; Isaac Carpenter; Joshua Eustis.
Audio Remixers: Julien-K; Chris Vrenna ; Clint Walsh; Gregory Butler.
Recording information: The Secret Studio.
Heavy metal attack, guttural vocals, and sledgehammer volume have long been the preferred musical medium for the discerning hipster undead. While the soundtrack to this neo-Gothic tale of war between vampires and their erstwhile guardians is dominated by metal regulars like Cradle of Filth, Atreyu, and the reliably gruesome Meat Beat Manifesto (whose "Suicide" is a highlight), it's left to unexpectedly sensitive moments, like the intro to Gosling's version of David Bowie's "Cat People," and Slipknot's "Vermilion," to provide a little contrast and dramatic relief. Mostly, though, UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION is a bloodsucker's dream soundtrack--and with cuts like Senses Fail's "Bite to Break Skin" and Hawthorne Heights' wonderfully titled "Where Can I Stab Myself in the Ears," no self-respecting acolyte of the netherworld should be able to resist.