Rock, metal and horror make prefect companions on The Retaliators soundtrack

Papa Roach, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills, Five Finger Death Punch and more add music to film dialogue and screaming

The Rataliators Motion Picture Soundtrack cover art
(Image: © Better Noise Music)

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Basically serving (mostly) as a sampler for the Better Noise Music roster, this soundtrack to Better Noise Films’ new horror flick The Retaliators throws together a diverse bunch of bands and creators across its 19 tracks, punctuated by ominous snippets of dialogue (and screaming) from the movie. 

Highlights include The Hu (This Is Mongol and Wolf Totem are magnificent), rockers Classless Act (with Vince Neil), Crossbone Skully sounding like Rhino Bucket on Evil World Machine and Tempt unleashing the upbeat Def Leppard-esque Living Dangerous. On the odd and not so successful side we have Tommy Lee’s Tops featuring rapper Push Push.

And then we have dark and dramatic contributions from Five Finger Death Punch (Darkness Settles In), Asking Alexandria (Faded Out), Papa Roach (The Ending) and Bad Wolves (If Tomorrow Never Comes) among many others, with collaborations the order of the day. 

Altogether, a solid modern rock and metal compilation.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.