1. Rock Is Dead - Marilyn Manson
2. Spybreak! - Propellerheads (short one)
3. Bad Blood - Ministry
4. Clubbed To Death - Rob D (Kurayamino mix)
5. Prime Audio Soup - Meat Beat Manifesto
6. Leave You Far Behind - Lunatic Calm
7. Mindfields - The Prodigy
8. Dragula - Rob Zombie (Hot Rod Herman remix)
9. My Own Summer (Shove It) - Deftones
10. Ultrasonic Sound - Hive
11. Look To Your Orb For The Warning - Monster Magnet
12. Du Hast - Rammstein
13. Wake Up - Rage Against The Machine
This CD contains most of the music from "The Matrix", both songs and instrumentals, that was not written by Don Davis and considered part of the film's score. I say "most" because the song that Neo was listening to when we first see him, asleep next to his computer, is unfortunately not included. I would have preferred the music and score from "The Matrix" to be boxed together in a 2-CD set, but this CD does have merit on its own as a nice introduction to contemporary metal and techno. I hadn't listened to metal in a decade, and the Marilyn Manson, Ministry, Deftones, and Monster Magnet are a lot more polished and techno-influenced than I remember metal being. So this has been an enlightening introduction to modern metal for me. But the strongest pieces on this CD are the instrumentals. Propellerheads' "Spybreak!", which was used in "The Matrix's" mind-blowing lobby scene, more strongly evokes a scene from the film than any other piece of music.
It's a brilliant techno romp that would energize even the most sedentary soul. Rob D's "Clubbed to Death" is also excellent, and, even on its own, creates that distinctly aggressive but focused mood that made it such great soundtrack material for "The Matrix". Even the songs by Rob Zombie, Prodigy and Hive are heavily instrumental. Truthfully, the first half of this CD is a lot better than the second half. But it's a worthy intro to modern sounds and an evocative soundtrack for fans of "The Matrix" to remember the movie by.