'Little Nicky' soundtrack
Little Nicky Soundtrack
By Chris Stelmak
When making a movie about hell, is there
really any other choice than to make a soundtrack packed with metal?
The album's strength is its variety of
bands. While groups on the album such as P.O.D., Incubus and Deftones have
made their way onto the airwaves, groups such as Insolence, Linkin Park
and Muse have received little notice.
P.O.D. works the album into a grind with
its new single, "School of Hard Knocks." The rap heavy metal song has surprisingly
soft verses, but pulls it together for a gritty chorus.
Incubus follows with the smooth single
that made the band, "Pardon Me." The Deftones then do its duty with "Change
(In the House of Flies)."
These two tracks are the meat of the album.
The electric rock of Incubus and the acid rock of Deftones are some of
the most interesting sounds that have hit the metal scene in the past couple
Old timer Cypress Hill follows with a heavy
helping of hip hop. It is not one of the group's best songs, but it adds
a some variety to the album.
The middle of the album has lesser known
artists: Insolence, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Ünloco, Powerman 5000
and Muse. While none of the tracks is amazing, they offer a look at some
bands that do not get a whole lot of radio play.
The soundtrack then comes to a close on
a lighter note with the big-name bands again. Filter's "Take a Picture"
and an acoustic version of Deftones' "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" show
the soft side of metal and offer a solid contrast after a half hour of
The soundtrack to Little Nicky is
probably not the hottest album for the avid metalhead because it is a compilation
of mainly re-released songs. However, it does have a fairly decent collection
of tunes for those who have been out of the scene for a while. The soundtrack
is worthwhile but it's definitely not heavenly.