Taken from the film of the same name, The Scorpion King is filled with heavy metal bands performing mostly B-sides or previously released tracks. This is a standard Hollywood action movie soundtrack, although it does have a mildly more famous lineup than most. In fact, this is about as typical as a movie soundtrack can get. There are the really good songs from semi-popular artists (System of a Down, Rob Zombie), the really cheesy songs from the popular grunge-lite artists (Creed, Nickelback), and the good-to-awful filler (the rest). What hurts this soundtrack more than anything else is the intense averageness of the whole thing -- none of these songs are extraordinary in any way. None of the songs are so awful that they deserve mention (although Nickelback barely escapes wrath), nor are any so good that they deserve mention. This is a safe, harmless, and ineffective collection of bland metal that rises out of the doldrums for the occasional gem without maintaining any consistent quality. The bonus materials are not only a waste of time, but they also tend to really confuse most computers, so avoid those too. Some dedicated fans may feel as though they should buy this to collect the rare song from their favorite band, but anyone not in those shoes should avoid the whole process if they can.
AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano
|4||System of a Down||03:36|
|9||Ozzy Osbourne / Rob Zombie||04:10|