Soundtrack Review: ‘The Retaliators’ feat. Papa Roach, Ice Nine Kills, Five Finger Death Punch, and More

4/5

Featuring rock and metal acts spanning the last 40 years, The Retaliators soundtrack, out now on Better Noise Music, is as insane and enthralling as the movie.

Depending on which version of the soundtrack you listen to, the full, 27-track version is peppered with sound bites from the movie that bridge that gap between the two, with each clip adding meaning to the track it precedes.

The album opens strongly with nu-metal legends Papa Roach’s “The Ending,” a remastered version from their 2019 album Who Do You Trust, before launching into the unique sound of Mongolian folk-metallers The Hu. 

The uniqueness continues into the track listing, mainly in the unlikely collaborations it’s full of:
Asking Alexandria feat. Within Temptation? Why not. Tommy Lee featuring rapper Push Push? Sure. Hyro The Hero feat. Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe and Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria? Uh, hells yeah. 

With names as big as these, it’s pretty obvious it’s gonna be full of rock and metal bangers, but the ones that really stand out are the ones that go not necessarily against the grain, but just do more. Eva Under Fire’s “Blow” (featuring Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills) is one of the catchiest tunes I’ve heard all year, a modern twist on classic rock attitudes and the made-for-each-other combination of Eva Marie and Charnas’ vocals. 

From Ashes to New’s “Scars That I’m Hiding (featuring Anders Fridén of In Flames) and Bad Wolves’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes” (feat. Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills) are as early ’00’s glory days of nu-metal as it gets, while Cory Marks’ two offerings here, “Burn It Up” and “Blame It On The Double” (feat. Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman and Jason Hook), are the country-rock anthems you didn’t know you needed in your life. 

“For The Glory” from All Good Things and Hollywood Undead, with its sick beats and pre-chorus breakdowns, would be epic to hear live or in a club—rap-metal done right.

Closing with “The Retaliators Theme (21 Bullets)” featuring Mötley Crüe, Asking Alexandria, Ice Nine Kills, and From Ashes To New, this final track wraps up everything into a neat little package of old-school nu-metal and vengeful rage, epitomizing everything the film and soundtrack have led up to. 

The Retaliators is a schlocky B-movie horror with a big heart, bigger moral questions , a strong cast, and old-school horror sentiment and charm, and this compilation record succeeds as its companion, following the same suit for the rock and metal genres. The movie is bound to become a classic, and this soundtrack will only further its cult status.

Read our The Retaliators movie review here.

Pick up The Retaliators soundtrack here, and follow the movie on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/TikTok for more info.

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