|LOS ANGELES, I called in favors from the past five years, says Geffen Records president Jordan Schur, explaining how he managed to land the star-studded lineup powering End of Days, scheduled to be released November 9 on Geffen Records.
This is a solid rock soundtrack, he insists. Each song in and of itself is an incredible story but the whole is what’s really amazing. These are the current and future champs of rock - some of the greatest artists of the decade - and here they are together, which makes this a very important record. These champions include Guns N’ Roses, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Eminem and Everlast, all of whom bring brand new songs to the End of Days soundtrack (hot up-and-comers Professional Murder Music and Stroke also contribute freshly minted material). Creed and Powerman 5000 come with cuts from their chart-climbing new albums, Rob Zombie premieres a remix of the current single from his solo debut, and vintage tracks from Prodigy and Sonic Youth round out the disc. An annotated track listing follows:
· Korn, Camel Song: This new song from these aggro innovators displays a deeply emotional core swirling in the eye of the band’s signature sonic beatdown.
· Everlast, So Long: This new track is a timely statement about school violence (actually composed before the Columbine shootings and subsequent incidents). The melodious offering presents a no-holds-barred depiction of its subject but also extends solace and hope to those wrestling with such demons.
· Professional Murder Music, Slow” A driving, rip-your-head-off, previously unreleased introduction to Professional Murder Music, who will drop their debut album in early 2000.
· Limp Bizkit, Crushed: A marked departure for the first family of nookie, their new song Crushed demonstrates the band’s range with a light, airy, downright romantic track that nonetheless floats in a sea of wicked beats.
· Guns N’ Roses, Oh My God: Oh My God is the much-anticipated new recording from Guns N’ Roses, their first since 1993.
· Prodigy, Poison: This fan favorite from these hardcore-techno superstars first saw the light of day on their 1995 breakthrough disc, Music for the Jilted Generation.
· Rob Zombie, Superbeast Remix: Terrorizing the countryside like a locomotive out of control, this remix of Superbeast, from Rob Zombie’s double-platinum Hellbilly Deluxe, comes courtesy of frequent Zombie collaborator Charlie Clouser, who’s also worked extensively with nine inch nails.
· Eminem, Bad Influence: Slim Shady’s alter ego chucks his laid-back approach for some righteously in-your-face rhyming on Bad Influence, a brand new track that finds the rapper throwing down in a newly aggressive fashion.
· Powerman 5000, Nobody’s Real: Regarded by many as the best and brightest track from PM5K’s current opus, Tonight the Stars Revolt!, Nobody’s Real gallops across End of Days with no thought of sparing the spurs.
· Stroke, I Wish I Had: With its evocative melody and killer chorus, Wish will undoubtedly whet appetites for this U.K. export. The song provides a moment of reflection among the chaos of End of Days, offering listeners a track to come down with.
· Sonic Youth, Sugar Kane: These standard-bearers of avant rock included this song one of their more accessible outings on 1992’s Dirty. It indulges the band’s experimental bent while serving up a distinctive and memorable melody and hook.
· Creed, Wrong Way: This dark, insinuating cut, which also appears on the multiplatinum band’s new Human Clay, is the perfect closer for End of Days. It concludes the set with an appropriate mix of thematic contemplation and musical conflagration.
Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a beaten down ex-cop, is the reluctant hero of End of Days, a chilling thriller set at the cusp of the millennium. When the ultimate personification of evil is unleashed upon the world, Cane is unwittingly drawn into a supernatural game of cat and mouse. Now, as the countdown to the end of days approaches, all that stands in the way of mankind’s destruction is the salvation of one woman whose fate comes to rest in Cane’s hands. End of Days stars Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Pollak. Directed by Peter Hyams (“2010”) and produced by Armyan Bernstein and Bill Borden, the picture opens in wide release November 24.