OCRA-0018 - Final Fantasy V: The Fabled Warriors ~I. WIND~
Posted 16 January 2012 - 05:28 AM
1. "The Path to Glory" by Sixto Sounds: The intro is nice, I like how everything gets introduced one by one, guitar, then drums, then bass. The synth kicks in with the melody, just teasing us with what's to come. Then, classic face-melting Sixto ownage plays the melody with nicely and even adds in a kick ass solo. The highlight of this track is obviously the guitar playing. The guitar is very clear and defined, which can be hard to do, but Sixto knows what he's doing. The drums are a little cymbal heavy, which can be a bit distracting, but not that big of a deal. The bass is audible but still enough in the background to properly do its job. Must say that this is my favorite track from the album and a great way to kick off the album.
2. "Edge of Valor" by Nutritious: I for one love orchestral remixes. I play the viola myself and appreciate the finer arts of classical music. The remix does start off slow, but it picks up rather quickly with a mysterious upper-strings and horns with the melody, with the lower-strings and percussion bringing up the rear. The quality of the instruments is superb, but I expect nothing less coming from Nutritious . While listening to it, you know something big is coming. And it does. Once the final bit begins, it sounds like a film score in which the hero is concluding his epic voyage to confront his enemy. The mix as a whole creates a wonderful atmosphere, and it sends chills up my spine every time I listen to it. Fantastic mix.
3. "Gentle Fist" by DarkeSword: Love the ethnic sounding instruments on this, really emphasizes the wind aspect of the album. The strings add a nice harmonious background. The percussion is very fun and makes you want to just get up and DANCE. Ok maybe not but nonetheless still adds to the environment of the piece. The arrangement can get kinda repetitive towards the end, but that's alright considering the source is FFV . I like how it kinda tapers off towards the end. Very nice mix.
4. "A Hero's Touch" by Level 99 & Avaris: Ok, I usually prefer electric RAWKing guitar over acoustic guitar, but this piece is an exception. Both players complement each other nicely and one never tries to overpower the other, and the mix would be incomplete with either of them missing. At first I was disappointed with the lack of any background stuff, but I realized that no background stuff is what added to the charm of the duet. I didn't care for how the intro leading into the main melody was a bit abrupt, but that is just a small pet peeve. Both players were fantastic, great job to both of you.
5. "In the Shadows" by Another Soundscape: The synths in this mix are kinda creepy sounding, but considering that this is the "theme of thief" it's very appropriate. It seems to brighten up a bit as the song progresses, and the chiptuney percussion helps. The production on this piece is very clean, and the melody and harmonies almost battling it out sound pretty cool. The sound effects present near the end are kinda like "..whoah" and sound pretty trippy haha. Overall a nice piece, but nothing that really stands out.
6. "Little Black Book" by DarkeSword: Another mix by album director DarkeSword, and may I just start off by saying I like the title of this mix, I think it's witty considering it's "theme of black mage". Just like "Gentle Fist", the instruments are kinda off the beaten path sounding and the percussion is wild. The reverb and echo at certain points sound cool and rally fit the role of a black mage. The strings in the background are nice, and harmonies complement the melody nicely. It did tend to stray towards the repetitive side, just like "Gentle Fist", but eh who cares? The fade towards the end was appropriate, and a good mix, but once again, nothing outstanding.
7. "Lore of the Ancients" by AeroZ: This mix jumps right into it, which is good, because when some mixes beat around the bush, it gets kinda old, but this mix avoids that. The synths are very chiptuney, however the background harmonies and percussion is not, which is kinda unique. The little guitar sections are cool and add to a really cool kinda atmosphere. The arrangement is nice and keeps the listener's attention which is of course crucial in music. It seems to end a bit abruptly, which when I first listened to it I was kinda like "wah..", had it faded a bit or something, it would have been better, however the main parts of the piece were excellent so it made up for it.
8. "Vessel of the Void" by zircon: Man I love this mix. A lot. A whole lot. The intro starts off like, "omg, what's he gonna do?" Then it builds up, the BAM. It hits you. The bass, the synth, the guitar, the epicosity, everything. The source being Exdeath's theme of course helps with this track being bad ass. The production is just ahhhhhh maazing haha. It seems like this is the track the whole album was leading up to. The synth solos with crazy notes and such is so fun to listen to. The whole mix is just an adventure in itself, it takes you for a ride, and this ride is, well a fun one haha. Great, great job on this mix zircon, one of the highlights of the album.
9. "See You Next Time" by DarkeSword: The prelude. Almost every Final Fantasy has it, it's one of the series claim to fame musically. The wind instruments are a nice addition to this "Wind" volume of the series. It seems the only difference between this mix and the source is the harmony, where as the arpeggios themselves seem untouched, and I like this, I hate it when prelude mixes mess with the arpeggios, but DarkeSword remained faithful, and I thank him for that. A nice way to end the album.
That's it! This album is my favorite so far from OCRemix, and I anticipate the other four volumes greatly. The concept of the album was cool, the "Wind" theme was present often throughout the album, and the character themes for each mix was a cool idea and I thought it worked well. Awesome album!
Posted 17 April 2012 - 10:06 AM
Its shortness, when compared to earlier FF juggernaut albums, is a huge advantage in many ways. Production is solid in every piece, arrangements are well-thought-of and fit the corresponding job/character theme perfectly and the overall quality is kept high throughout the album. Greatest statement being that every mix featured on this album also got accepted to the site, excluding See You Next Time, which isn't supposed to be a standalone mix anyhow.
Wind's also very easily accessible and you'll probably listen to the whole thing instead of just picking your favorites. It can emphasize on every mix, and as a listener, its easy to get a lasting impression about all of them, which is rarely the case with projects with 40+ tracks.
This is a tight, independent package of excellent remixes that leaves you wanting moar.
Posted 24 December 2013 - 07:55 PM
Which is why I'm deeply saddened to see all this time pass without even an update on the album.
For the sake of all your fans Darkesword, can we at least get an update on the album's progress?
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