Album: BadAss: Boss Themes

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Disc 1

1. Gilgamesh (Final Fantasy V) - Master of the Blades 3:28
2. Vergil (Devil May Cry 3) - The Curse of Yamato 5:11
3. Laughing Octopus (Metal Gear Solid 4) - Routine of War 3:12
4. Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong) - Duel of the Apes 4:16
5. Luca Blight (Suikoden II) - To Slay a Butcher 5:02
6. Nightmare (Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening) - Lights Out 3:33
7. Ultimecia (Final Fantasy VIII) - All Existence Denied 4:51
8. Dr. Wily (Mega Man 3) - A Daring Escape 3:04
9. Dracula (Castlevania series) - The Belmont Revolution 5:22

Disc 2

1. Astaroth (Shadow Hearts: Covenant) - Astaroth's Awakening 3:42
2. Cobra (G.I. Joe) - Real American Hero 3:05
3. Ridley (Super Metroid) - Dragonfood 4:30
4. Saren (Mass Effect) - Saren's Prayer 4:02
5. Jecht (Final Fantasy X) - Dreams of Death 3:56
6. Shredder (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV) - The Shredder 4:23
7. Sephiroth (Final Fantasy VII) - BadAzz 5:25
8. Kefka (Final Fantasy VI) - The Sound of a Thousand Voices Screaming in Unison 5:23
9. King Dedede (Kirby Super Star) - The Last Dance 4:00
Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2013-06-26 01:23:21
I have been listening to OC remix for a decade now, and this album is probably THE best collection youve put out. Track one really sold me on the whole thing. Thank you all for this amazing beast!
on 2013-03-28 15:37:37
You guys did really awesome in that album I love the second track and the 12th track there my favorite ones cant wait for volume 2!:grin:
The Joker
on 2013-03-07 14:44:03
Glad you dug it! Volume 2 is almost done, keep on the lookout for it.

'Cobra' wrote: Loving track #7, All existence denied

The piano part is killing me, the bests part of the original track are magnified extremely well, the voice effects are really nice.

I love your work folks, its obvious you have a deep culture of VG and put a lot of virtuosity in all of this. :)
on 2013-03-07 10:23:29
Loving track #7, All existence denied

The piano part is killing me, the bests part of the original track are magnified extremely well, the voice effects are really nice.

I love your work folks, its obvious you have a deep culture of VG and put a lot of virtuosity in all of this. :)
The Speed Buster
on 2012-04-15 22:38:00
Dont worry guys, you made a great and awesome work in the album, and Im anxiously waiting for Volume 2.
on 2012-03-20 12:30:39
Nice one, dude! Thanks for the kind comments. :)
on 2012-03-19 08:27:11
Thanks for the review man, awesome!
The Speed Buster
on 2012-03-18 20:54:25
'Brandon Strader' wrote: Now this one was actually good. Nice work.

Thanks :) for being my first music review I did my best.
Brandon Strader
on 2012-03-18 20:47:55
'The Speed Buster' wrote: I made a review too :) If anyone wants to read it, here it is:

Now this one was actually good. Nice work.
The Speed Buster
on 2012-03-18 20:02:32
I made a review too :) If anyone wants to read it, here it is:
on 2012-02-23 19:33:06
Very awesome! Im new to this. I liked the whole track by track review thing as a little preview for what I was getting myself into. Cool work!
on 2012-02-01 14:11:57
Hey guys. I did a pretty awesome review on my blog. Check it out: Tell Me What You Cherish Most. Give Me The Pleasure of Taking it Away.
on 2012-02-01 07:50:34
Thanks for the track-by-track review man... too bad you had a power outage, hopefully you didnt lose much progress on your songs
on 2012-01-31 21:28:14
Im sorry it took so long. Was busy over christmas and stuff. Been having to remind myself to do this since I wrote a review for each song then had a powercut, not fair, so I apologize for the lack of detail in some reviews.

pu_freak - Master of the Blades
A soft beginning to the album. It somberly hums BadAss but the haunting and operatic qualities are nice. I never really played any off the FFs pre VI so sadly Im unfamiliar with Gilgamesh :(. The beginning was great I thought it would become something really energetic but as the music box came in I knew it would stay moody. I enjoyed the mix and I really liked the section at 1:56 and the arpeggiations there was some good build there. I didnt expect this to open the album, but the mood is solid.

The Dual Dragons - Routine of War
Crazy choice of material! This boss battle was tense, one of my favourite bits of the game. I love the mix of orchestra and guitar, sections like 1:31 get me right into the song. The very end was a bit of a let down but the whole thing was a consistent headbang and the second half was a great listen. Nice production values.

BGC - Dual of the Apes
Lol DK, enough of the where is bowser, this guy was the original badass! I didnt expect this to be your mix when I heard guitar, it has a great tone about it and parts like 0:40 make it really memorable. For a BadAss song I thought it was a bit too jolly and swingish and the choir feels out of place. Its a good mix, the first half of the song is really good but I wasnt keen on it.

Arcana - To Slay a Butcher
I love this. Great choice to remix. It has a real subtle epicness about it and it made me go look up Suikoden II again. It might stick close to the source at times but I think it does a great job at celebrating it. Personally I would have ended the song around 4:20. Good job on this, I found myself looping this for some time. Wish I had more to say because this is really cool.

Lashmush - Lights Out
I think this is a great example of taking an old boss tune and BadAssifying it. A real stick out moment. Its not my cup of tea genre wise but thinking about it being Zelda and how pounding it is, cant help but think how this suits this album so well. I love how crazy it gets at the end as well, if I were drunk Id be moshing to it in a club!

Skummel Maske, LuIzA, pu_freak - All Existence Denied
Another moody mix but as Im a lot more familiar with this song I find it wholly appropriate. Infact my favourite moments of this song are the piano moments which have a eery feel of imminent devastation. Theres some good guitar playing and Luiza adds good creepyness but for me this song is all about the tension. The last minute has great energy about it.

Jago - A Daring Escape
An optimistic and heroic sounding mix. The orchestration is good and I particularly like the brass staccato that gives this a good drive. For this album I expected more, something heavier, something more of a beat. It sounds like it would fit right square into a Smash Bros game which is great. I thought the change of time signature towards the end was a good idea but the transition in and out of it for me is a bit odd. Its a good mix but I just didnt think it really fit on the album.

Chernabogue, NintenJoe 64 - The Belmont Revolution
The Castlevania feeling in this is awesome. Sometimes it seems quiet or the orchestra isnt brought out enough, which made it a hard listen for a while. But when I really listen closely theres loads of awesome detail here, if I think about playing castlevania I get really pumped about it. It took me a few listens to properly appreciate it and think its pretty awesome. But the end was awkward and weird Im afraid.

The Dual Dragons - Astaroths Awakening
Shadow Hearts 1 and 2 are a couple of my favourite RPGs ever with awesome soundtracks. Cant say I really remember this song though. Theres some great texture throughout this mix between the instruments and the lead guitar like 1:09 really sells this mix. I wish you guys did Evil Gate Opener (2) that is a really badass song.

Nutritious - Real American Hero
Love the orchestrated intro, really dynamic and edgy. Its pretty consistenly energetic and packs a punch. The balance of orchestra with guitar and drums is also really nice. I cant think of much else to say but its a good mix, just doesnt stand out much for some reason.

Dragonfood - Rozovian
Theres some great sounds in this, in the big sections I keep thinking its Ridleys voice and hes just singing in a way Ive never heard haha. I wasnt so keen on the first half of the song it felt like it took some time to get into the best parts, I really like the moody parts like at around 2:00 I think it would have been great if the intro was longer like this then built into the sections like at 2:45. This whole mix really sticks out though, great stuff.

Mazedude - Sarens Prayer
I love Mass Effect. I cant recall Saren having a theme...the game has a good soundtrack, the only song I really cared for was the Normandys theme. Im two sides about this as on the one hand it feels pretty moody and dark but on the other hand I just want to skip it after a minute, sadly its a pretty boring mix.

Dreams of Death - Brandon Strader
I have a love hate thing going on with this mix. One, I love that you did it, why the fuck not, it actually makes me laugh because I just wouldnt expect it. Then I hate that it isnt something else, when I first heard this song when the trailers for FFX came out I thought it was the most awesome I was expecting something really epic. But this is good death metal and a great interpretation in that respect so Im sorry I couldnt like it more.

The Shredder - Sixto
Great intro, awesome into the first minute, the last minute is also particularly awesome. Hard to fault anything its a great rocking mix (blame the power outage).

BadAzz - Prototype Raptor
This is probably most peoples favourite track on the album. After hearing the clip in the trailer I thought Id love it but I think I just set my expectations too high. It has really good production values. I love what goes on just after the first minute and at around 2:40 those are my favourite parts but besides that I wasnt really digging this mix. I think I wouldve enjoyed something shorter more.

The Sound of a Thousand Voices Screaming in Unison - Kidd Cabbage
Im furious at my power outage because I actually wrote you a great review. There were some really good moments in this the piano part, that was just so out of place I thought I was being hypnotised. The whole tone of the song does feel flat and a little lifeless, it sounds like it wants a lead but if the production were nicer I know it would already feel like a complete song. I really liked 1:42 and 2:28, mosh mosh mosh.

The Last Dance - The Joker
King Dedededelicious, Dededelerious, Dedededelightful! I could go on with the puns! At first I didnt really get the mix for some reason. After hearing it alot now...I think its brilliant. What youve done with the melody and style is really creative. I dont like to do the "this ones better" thing, but im gonna and I think this is way better than Mazedudes mix. My only gripe is theres this big contrast between the high pitched sounds and the low end, it feels like it could have been filled just a little. I totally can imagine Dede with a sort of Saints Row trailer now.

From now on, Ctrl S every minute, must get that into my muscle memory. I already lost a bunch of song tonight from a crash, if there is a God he is telling me to save much more often. So this is a really good album but I hope with volume 2 there is more quality control because there were a few mixes here I thought could have been absolute standouts but were let down by production values.

Thanks to those that commented on my mix. It was already over a year old or so before the album came out and Ive been on a big break, lots of changes, and will do even better for volume 2.
The Joker
on 2012-01-25 11:36:13
A track by track review? What is this madness?

Glad you ejoyed the album, & thanks for reviewing all the tracks individually!