Had to get to this album before the year ends. I had the good fortune of meeting bothj Rozen AND Reven at MAGWest earlier this year. Wonderful folks who make one hell of a tribute to NieR: Automata.Read More
I'm a fan of words, for those who may not know. So an album of not just Super Metroid music, but also an SM dramatic reading? Cameos by some incredible VG musicians? The bandcamp page even has lyrics! This album hits me in all the right places.
The album takes Super Metroid fans on a trip back to Zebes as Samus Aran retells her story of visiting the ruined and dangerous world in search of the last metroid.
Besides the excellently done narration, the album hosts a ton of remixed music from Super Metroid. These metroid rearrangements are a diverse set, with electronic, metal, and symphonic sounds all collide. These tracks heavily reinforce the Super Metroid mood you will quickly find yourself in once you hit play.
I personally love the perilously metal "Intergalactic Warrior" and not just for the Mutherpluckin' B cameo. The track features amazing production values and not only reminds me of the Super Metroid playing of my youth, but also the large volumes of metal music I consumed during my teenage years. It all combines into one intense, but not over the top track that any metal fan will love.
The entire 18 track album is available free and learn the full story via Hyde209's bandcamp page.
Every so often I come across an album so eclectic I can't simply categorize it into any one genre, since the album itself fails to stick with any genre for too long. Draskon's VGMusic Covers Vol. 1 does precisely this with a tornado of metal, electronic, orchestral, hip hop, and more.
The album kicks off with a damn near endless (in the best way possible) Zelda medley, sending us through some of the deepest darkest moments of the zelda series in the opening track "The Legend of Zelda - Link's Nightmare Suite."
All your fear washes away though, as the hip hop styled "Astral Observatory" gets your head in the right place with a smooth beat and catchy sampling that I would kill to hear someone lay some bars over. Don't let the hip hop nature of the beat fool you though, as a searing solo burns up the track around the midway point.
I can't forget the utterly incredible rendition of "Vampire Killer", one of my favorite songs from one of the best game soundtracks ever made, Castlevania for the NES. Draskon does this song every bit of justice as he flies through sizzling riffs and intense solos.
You can grab this album for $12 via Draskon's bandcamp page.
Thanks to the internet, even one or two musicians can recreate a full band or more under the right circumstances. I reviewed the highly acclaimed Calling All Dawns by Christopher Tin, an album that includes this song, which is also the opening theme to Civilization IV. I'm glad to see musicians inspired by the relatively recent music of Christopher Tin.
Thanks to @Crashbomber on twitter for the link.
Fans of the ever present OCReMix have surely heard the name, and likely the brilliant music of Jillian Aversa.
Well know you can also watch her latest music video, a vocal tribute to the classic Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time on the N64. This video is well produced, intriguing, and will make you look at the story of Link in Ocarina of Time just a bit differently. All trademarks of a great music video and a damn fine song.
Perhaps it is because of the shadow of Michael Jackson that lives on in the Sega Genesis' FM chip. Maybe it's the pop sensibilities of Jun Senoue and Crush 40 from the Sonic The Hedgehog series. All I know is that the Genesis is custom built for the catchy synth sounds captured in The Flight Away's latest album, Sega Swing.
Pop music isn't always the most well-liked, especially in a genre as niche as VG inspired Genesis sampled chiptune music, but those pop sensibilities are necessary and very much appreciated as I continue to adventure through the vibrant depths of video game inspired music.