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You are watching: The immortals mortal kombat: the album

TypeReleasedRYM RatingRanked Genres
ArtistThe Immortals
Album
31 May 1994
2.93 / 5.00.5 from 116 ratings
#1,306 for 1994

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JAMOOL Sep 30 2014 3.00 stars
Mortal Kombat is rarely talked about anymore, but for a period of time in the 90's it was the hottest video game franchise around. Not only was the series one of the first to be geared towards an adult audience (back when video games were mostly thought of as a child's toy), but the gratuitous amounts of blood and violence drew national headlines, which was the best publicity a video game could ask for (as there was a time when video game characters getting murdered on-screen was actually shocking). Being swept up in it as a kid, I owned not only the soundtrack album but also this somewhat-forgotten disc. One thing that the series was famous for that it doesn't really have anymore was its sense of campiness, the adherence to the policy that the more blood and screaming, the better (which made the first movie just entertaining enough to be worth watching). If you've heard the popular Mortal Kombat theme ("Techno Syndrome"), you know the style of over-the-top, in-your-face music you get here. It is both obnoxious and downright hilarious – the beginning of "Prepare Yourself" has a few lyrics introducing things, then suddenly jumps to "JOHNNY CAGE IS NOT AFRAID TO DIE!!" Liu Kang's song ("Born in China") features plenty of Bruce Lee-style screaming plastered over the top of heavy techno music - what can be more extreme than that? How about the ridiculous falsetto singing that singlehandedly makes Scorpion's "Lost Soul, Bent on Revenge" awesome (or ruins it)? What's most surprising is that this is not bad - it was made by Praga Khan (sounds like an MK character, doesn't it?) from the Lords of Acid, and he lends a professional touch (and some pretty cool vocals), even if he does recycle ideas from time to time. One of the songs actually is legitimately great - Sub Zero's tune ("Chinese Ninja Warrior") is melodically strong and has a fantastic vocal part, and is the only song I can say that I can enjoy even without the camp value. Otherwise, it's basically KLF-inspired house music – hell, the massively successful "Techno Syndrome" even borrows the main hook from "What Time is Love?" Khan has the good sense to keep it all concise – somehow I think that extending any of the running times past 5 minutes would kill it, although the album does wind up a bit short at 37 minutes. They should have done a song for Reptile, too. I'll even write the lyrics: "Rep-tile/Green masked warrior/I fought you on "The Pit"/They say you are a hidden character/But you don't have to hide from me/I understand you, Reptile!"
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