Production and release
Billboard explains that the soundtrack album "paired hip-hop artists with modern rock acts," and The A.V. Club wrote that its musical pairings were "designed to capitalize on the burgeoning popularity of rap-rock." A.V. Club further opines that although there had been "sporadic successful mergers" between individual artists in the metal and rap genres by 1993, "no one had yet thought to do an entire album based on getting established rap and rock artists in the same studio to hash something out. That revolutionary concept in doubling your market share fell to Happy Walters." According to Rolling Stone, "it is largely due to the initiative of [soundtrack producer]
Happy Walters... that so many leading hip-hop and alternative rock artists were assembled for the soundtrack," with Walters bringing in groups such as Pearl Jam, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill, and Faith no More as collaborators on new material. The Judgement Night soundtrack album was released by Immortal Records with distribution by Epic Records. A collaboration between Tool and Rage Against the Machine on the song "Can't Kill the Revolution" was attempted for the album, but neither band was happy with the results. The song has never been officially released, but has spread through fan bootleg networks.