"First you bleed...then the terror begins" is the catch phrase for the film Carnivore, its very strange soundtrack album finding release licensed via an Illinois company, Dark Star Records. The 35-minute CD is officially listed as "Music from and inspired by the Award-Winning Sci-Fi-Horror Saga Carnivore." What that means is that the tracks "It's Over Now" by L.A. Guns, "Freight Train" by Nitro, "You Stand Accused" by Cutlass, and "Mother Mary," one of two contributions by Slave Driver, are not included in the film but appear to be "inspired by" the flick, whatever that means. Since "It's Over Now" comes from L.A. Guns' early-'90s album Hollywood Vampires, it's hard to see how it was "inspired" by the film. Maybe "Music that inspired the film Carnivore" would be more like it. Also, don't confuse the confusing proceedings with '80s artist Carnivore, that act nowhere to be found on this! Most of the instrumental movie music is by Doug Lofstrom, and the enhanced CD also contains a bonus MP3 of "Carnivore Original Orchestral Soundtrack Score" by Lofstrom, a Carnivore movie trailer, and a "Mother Mary" music video preview starring Catherine Charelli with music by Slave Driver (as noted above, a song that isn't in the motion picture). The relevance is left up to the listener's imagination, though one must keep in mind co-scriptwriter and co-director Kenneth Mader and executive producer Jeffrey A. Swanson coordinated and supervised this (as well as working on the packaging). And speaking of imagination, what about the music here? It goes right through you. Not as riveting as the L.A. Guns' other 2002 release, Waking the Dead, the Carnivore soundtrack is an excercise in hard rock and metal that's been heard time and time again with L.A. Guns delivering one of the better tracks. "Freight Train" rolls in like one and rolls right out, Nitro proving themselves at least heavy. But that's the element here, Slave Driver slashing through "L.A.'s Burning" and "Mother Mary," Holland opening it all up energetically enough while Madison Rhoades gives bombast on what is, for this album anyway, a rather mellow track. Interesting only for those who like the genre.
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AllMusic Review by Joe Viglione