The BLADE movies present a murky, night-enshrouded world plagued by vampires and protected by the complex, flawed hero Blade (Wesley Snipes). The third installment of the comic-book-based series, BLADE: TRINITY, features a soundtrack that continues the tradition of assembling an excellent collection of enigmatic musical acts to add to the sinister, action-oriented mood.
Four of the album's first five tracks feature various members of the Wu-Tang Clan (a fitting match considering the collective's rich mythology), starting with the arresting track, "Fatal," by the RZA, one of the best young film composers in the business (GHOST DOG, KILL BILL). The sly "Thirsty" presents one of the last vocal tracks by the incomparable Ol' Dirty Bastard. (ODB passed away shortly before the soundtrack's 2004 release.) The staggeringly bizarre Kool Keith provides a transition, with his morbid hip-hop group Thee Undatakerz, on the pulsating "Party in the Morgue." From there, the record takes a more electronic note, highlighted by the Crystal Method's grinding "Weapons of Mad Distortion." BLADE: TRINITY closes in a more traditional mode with a track from the film's score by Ramin Djawadi, which still mirrors the essence of the richly divergent soundtrack in its dynamic approach.