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    Fri, 04 Jun 2010 07:52:21

    Playlist: "Splice" — The Science of Songs - An exclusive feature by ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino about some of the heaviest musical chemistry in the past decade in honor of "Splice"…

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    Splice hits theaters on Friday June 4th, and given its theme of mixing and matching various organisms, we thought it'd make perfect sense to create a playlist of some of the darkest hard rock collaborations in recent memory.

    Instead of blending DNA, these tracks pair different artists and yield true "beasts" of songs. Whether it's a dash of Dave Navarro on one song or a big dose of Howard Stern on another, our Splice playlist is just as quirky as the film's main creation—Dren.

    In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if she cranked this stuff…here we go…

    White Zombie — "The Great American Nightmare" [Featuring Howard Stern]

    White Zombie recorded this cut specifically for the soundtrack to Private Parts, and it happens to be one of their heaviest tracks. With propulsive guitar battering and Rob Zombie's evil whispering, it's so Satanically catchy that Howard Stern made it the opening theme for his radio show in 1999. It also helps that Stern makes a cameo on the song—their chemistry is potently pummeling to say the least.

    Korn —"Play Me" [Featuring Nas]

    Nobody ever blended rap and metal this well—nobody. Take one of the greatest and most innovative hard rock bands ever and add in hip hop's rawest and realest MC and you've got a creepy, violent and vibrant collaboration that's as hood as it is hypnotic. In terms of mixing it up, this is the real shit. Dren could get down to this.

    Apocalyptica — "I'm Not Jesus" [Featuring Corey Taylor of Slipknot & Stone Sour]

    Over Apocalyptica's moody and ethereal classical strings and beats, Slipknot and Stone Sour mainman Corey Taylor tells a twisted tale like only he could. Corey paints a dark lyrical picture on the verse before exploding with an unforgettable hook. The track shows just how diverse and dynamic the singer is. He sounds just as evil and entrancing on a classical cut as he does backed by the rest of Slipknot. Corey attacks at all the right moments, just like Dren…

    Deftones — "Passenger" [Featuring Maynard James Keenan of Tool & A Perfect Circle]

    Deftones' singer Chino Moreno and Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan weave a web of kidnapping along the landscape of a highway in the dead of night. Their voices blend elegantly, but both of them manage to cut through that beauty with distinct brutality of their own. It's calculated, creepy and, at points, chaotic. This would be some pensive iPod material for Dren.

    Queens of the Stone Age — "Burn the Witch" [Featuring Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top]

    This song bridges the gap between two generations of musical outlaws. There's the ultimate 21st century rock 'n' roll badass Josh Homme singing and ripping through an undeniable riff and then there's legendary badass for the ages ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons dropping a lead and adding vocals. It's a new kind of classic rock—demented, distinct and deadly. It wouldn't be out of place when Dren and Clive (Adrien Brody) dance.

    Linkin Park — "Krwling" [Featuring Aaron Lewis of Staind]

    Over airy electronics and hazy, hypnotic production, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Staind's Aaron Lewis trade haunting harmonies. Their voices complement each other perfectly especially during the final crescendo as they scream together. The lines "Crawling in my skin" sound just like something our girl Dren would be thinking…

    Limp Bizkit — "Nobody Like You" [Featuring Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots & Jonathan Davis of Korn]

    There's nobody like Dren, so this pick is perfect. One of Limp Bizkit's best moments, this track sees Fred Durst doing some soul baring alongside Korn's Jonathan Davis and Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland. It's one of those rare collaborations that works on every level, and it's just damn eerie at moments.

    Marilyn Manson — "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" [Featuring Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction]

    This is one of Manson's best hooks, and there's an ever so slight solo from Dave Navarro that takes over like a..err…drug. Dren wouldn't be out of place at any Manson show.

    Aaron Lewis of Staind — "Outside" [Featuring Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit]
    B Dren's "on the outside looking in" so this track fits the movie's mood in many moments. It's one of Aaaron Lewsis's most introspective and revered tracks. The hook stays in your head forever and the words are equally powerful. Fred Durst drops some harmonies live and a few one-liners, "I'm feeling those lighters…"

    Slash — "Nothing to Say" [Featuring M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold]

    Slash's playing has never been heavier or thrashier than on "Nothing to Say." The song batters and bruises with his impenetrable riffing and speed-picking. Then there's M. Shadows' chorus which sounds like Bruce Dickinson mixed with Phil Anselmo—one of the best metal tracks of 2010. Dren would no doubt rock out to it.

    Check out our exclusive Splice cast video interview with Adrien Brody and Delphine Chaneac here and below!





    —Rick Florino
    06.03.10


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