It's no secret that among the young, and perhaps the morbid, the splatter horror film franchise known as Saw is wildly successful. 2007 sees the fourth incarnation of this gory, epic, and second only to Hostel -- who has some catching up to do -- these films generate interest, controversy, and plenty of cash. It's no wonder that the soundtracks chosen for these flicks are issued by the Adrenaline imprint. This one, like previous incarnations, is fueled with pedal to the metal industrial, punk, emo, thrash, and industrial metal itself. A list of the participants tells you plenty: Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Nitzer Ebb, Oxygen, Avenged Sevenfold, Fueled by Fire, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, etc., etc., etc. Saosin is singled out here -- despite the fact that many mainstream critics express a widespread disdain for their music and marketplace success -- because they have both the compositional element in song, lyrical content, and sheer musicianship to communicate something that fits the place of a cinematic concern, though it is wasted on this film. (Hopefully they got paid handsomely.) They transcend the soundtrack. Submersed is another example that while not as out of place here, has more to offer than speed, aggression, and misanthropy. Some of those seeking the aural equivalent of the movie experience will want the souvenir; those who collect music by any of these bands may grudgingly purchase it for the sake of completism. As for the rest of us, why bother? You know what it sounds like already.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek