I've been a fan of ThePlasmas for years, ever since GM4A first started out. The best possible context to talk about ThePlasmas has also come up with the release of the nearly two dozen track tribute to Castlevania known as Holy Whiplash Plus. It's very difficult to go with just one track to share, but will go with Black Night for this go. I hope this is far from the last time I'll be covering classic Castlevania music. Headbang to this for a minute.Read More
A very interesting collection of arrangements and sounds from Shiryu. Two discs worth of Castlevania based chiptunes in both NES and SNES formats. If you need more Castlevania VGM, and you do. We all do.Read More
30 years ago, Konami released a game called Castlevania. The horror themed adventure game came out in Japan for the Famicom Disk System on September 26, 1986. This also means that the soundtrack, composed by James Banana AHEM i mean Kinuyo Yamashita, has also existed for 30 years! In my personal opinion, the finest waveforms to ever flow out of the NES' 2a03 sound chip.Read More
It's been a long time since I talked about new music by The Megas… and it's going to be a long time yet. The Belmonts debut with a three track EP telling a tale of vampires and violence. Why did I even bring up the Megas actually?
One thing I am seriously kicking myself over is that this album dropped less than a day before I recorded my SUBCON podcast tribute to Castlevania. Of course the full on wall of rock that The Belmonts drop are far from the norm on SUBCON, I'd have made it work.
The Belmonts rearrange "Bloody Tears" from Simon's Quest, as well as two solid gold classics by Kinuyo Yamashita, "Out of Time" and "Heart of Fire" from the original Castlevania soundtrack. Great timing on the album of course, what with Castlevania celebrating it's 30 Anniversary on September 26.
Check out the epic dance beats of DJ SUPER SONIC's Castletwerkya in a new VGM video review!
A perfect 80s montage of music from Castlevania including Theme of Simon Belmont, Vampire Killer, and Bloody Tears. Tear the roof off this club and smash your keytar on the floor!
10 classic tracks.
only posting this a year late, so the titular 'Finally" can also apply to this blog post. Incredible renditions of classic music from Mario Kart, Sonic, Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Castlevania, and more!
Remixes, covers, collabs, and more.
It's been quite a while since this album officially dropped, but there is a lot more to this album than a quick glance would suggest. It's like an inversion, or prism type album. JKLOL drops a ton of new beats, clearly inspired by some well known names for chiptune fans and readers of this blog. The second half of the album does the exact opposite, with a variety of fantastic composers and chip musicians spinning classic JKLOL tracks in their own distinct ways.
With the variety of tracks and styles on display, giving the album a quick glance would hardly do it justice. That's why I had to dig deep, and in so doing, destroyed the timeliness of this post.
Anything and everyone goes.
The folks over at GameLark Records have recently dropped a collection of remixes, covering both well tread classics and sneaky good niche titles. Metroid and CastleVania get their time in the spotlight, along with some of that new age retro like Kingdom Hearts, Shovel Knight, and Banjo-Tooie. Even relatively recent games such as Shovel Knight and Dark Souls get rearranged in this eclectic collection of VGM.
Drop it like it's holy water.
This epic pair of mini mixtapes from DJ SUPER SONIC (all caps, naturally) gets whips cracking and asses dropping. I imagine that once the Belmonts dispose of old Drac, they throw some epic house parties throughout the mansion. Disco balls attached to Medusa heads, twerking in the gear room, and you know the party don't stop 'til sunrise.
Both albums are a mix of club ready beats, which meld perfectly with the ever malleable tunes of the original Castlevania, composed by Kinuyo Yamashita AKA James Banana. I'm seriously in love with each and every track on the original CV OST, and hearing them get some amazing dance club remixes just helps me appreciate them more. Whether they are hardcore spped metal covers, or booty shaking dance music, the original CV should be everyone's choice for most coverable / remixable / mashupable all time OST.
This is ridiculous, every time I think I 'get' the song, and get ready to skip to the next one (this is an initial listen mind you, and I seriously have a lot of albums to go through) but I CAN'T skip any tracks, because Voodoo Lion keeps switching things up on me. Tracks can progress to whole new places through the span of these short beats.
I can definitely use more of this. Some of these beats are simply mesmerizing. Especially the Metroid based beats, which invoke the ominous and lonely mood of the series, while still making you bob your head. The Metroid series tends to be my barometer of how 'hot' a video game based artist is, and Voodoo Lion nails it. The suffocating feeling in The Hatchling, which definitely invokes the parallels between Metroid and the Alien movie series. The immersion into the game world is complete with well timed sound effects. Contrast that with the angelic tones of The Mother. This track takes a simple but important of music from the game, and build an entire world around it.
Then we get to the Castlevania track. "Mallory Kane (Bomb the Banquet)" takes it's inspiration from Simon's Quest and murders more people than Dracula with this track. It makes me yearn for a full Castlevania remix album from this guy (and many other artists)
The vibe flowing through the entire beattape shows that this, uh, lion, is very familiar with the source material.
A horrible night for curses and junk
The forgotten CVII
If you didn't think you lived in a world in which legendary rapper Nas battle raps the mythical undead Dracula, well, guess again!
Nerdcore producer and emcee 2Mello makes it so, while tossing in some of the hottest Castlevania beats I've ever heard.
I can't pass up any metal cover of the original Castlevania music (nor any other type of cover to be honest). I believe the original Castlevania to have some of the strongest overall music of any game in the NES era. Comparable only to the best of the best soundtracks of the time.
Ultimate D-Pad gives the opening theme a go in this epic cover, which is also free to download, so you can headbang any time anywhere, even during a cursed, horrible night.
A collection of hip hop beats worthy for any flow. Beatmsmiths Xionra and Rhapsody come together over their love of classic 8-bit gaming, culminating in an album overflowing with hot beats from vintage NES games such as Castlevania, Legend of Zelda, and Punch Out.
Each game is mixed into a head bobbing beat thanks to the combined efforts of both Xionra and DJ Rhapsody. Since this is called "Vol. 1" that better mean there are more beat tapes coming from this due of DJs.
You can grab their beat tape free via bandcamp.