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#1 Liontamer

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 02:49 PM


BadAss. Hardcore. Ass-Kickery, if you're dirty. These are the words I used when I officially announced BadAss back in March of 2009. The origins of BadAss begin a few years earlier. It was 2006, and a guy named Pi_R_[]ed decided he wanted to make a project that was nothing but boss themes. Kanjika joined up as the co-director and they made a good push with it. I eventually joined up, as did pu_freak. This incarnation was called Crescendo to Chaos, and while it was a great concept, it still felt like something was lacking. I always felt that it needed to be harder, grittier, and simply more evil than it was, you dig? The concept of an album made up entirely of boss themes conjured up a certain feeling; a certain state of mind, and this wasn't delivering it.

Crescendo to Chaos eventually went defunct. Where many saw a loss, I saw a glimmer of awesomeness. With the encouragement of Kyle Crouse and the support of my assistant director, pu_freak, I re-launched the project with new guidelines: "Everything must be BadAss! Can you hear me, damn you?" The album needed to encapsulate the idea of bosses by featuring dark, visceral, and aggressive tracks. The name was changed to BadAss for obvious reasons, and here we are today. I'd be remiss not to thank KyleJCrb, evktalo, and everyone else at the KNGI Boards for all their contributions, so thank you guys! To every artist, ReMixer and graphic artist alike, I salute you! You all indeed are BadAsses.

We're unleashing hell on an unassuming populace! Can you feel it?! Can you hear it?! That?s the sound of ass-kickery of a magnitude previously unheard of. We're not just gonna win, we're gonna change the game! We are BadAss. Hope you enjoy the ride!

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#2 The Joker

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 04:24 PM

Hell yeah! I'm so porud of everyone who contributed to this project right here! Awesome Album overall!

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#3 HitoriJaNai

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 05:22 PM

Y'know, I figure since this month is Reviews Month, I'm going to go ahead and give a track-by-track review, particularly since the consistency on this project really seems top-notch, and I'm not entirely sure whose tracks will get posted when... not sure whether or not I'll count this towards defeating OA (probably not :razz:), but hey, at least the artists may know firsthand how awesome they made this album.

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#4 HitoriJaNai

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:31 PM

Twenty artists collaborated on musical tributes to some of gaming's biggest evildoers, including:


Not to be a nitpicker or anything (really, I mean it), but I counted only nineteen artists. O_O;

That aside: YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BADASS ALBUM IS BADASS! :D

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:47 PM

A track-by-track review would be awesome!
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#6 Melbu Frahma

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:30 PM

Did you count both members of the Dual Dragons? :-P

Also, congrats on an awesome 30th album, OCR.
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#7 HitoriJaNai

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:45 PM

Did you count both members of the Dual Dragons? :-P

Also, congrats on an awesome 30th album, OCR.


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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:43 PM

I heard somewhere that this is only Volume 1. Will there ever be a second volume?
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#9 Brandon Strader

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:47 PM

Don't let them haters on YouTube get to you! List each FF separately. :lol:

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:51 PM

A track-by-track review would be awesome!

Seconded!

I heard somewhere that this is only Volume 1. Will there ever be a second volume?

Yes, there will be a second volume if everything is okay. But for now, enjoy Volume 1. :wink:

#11 Liontamer

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:53 PM

Don't let them haters on YouTube get to you! List each FF separately. :lol:


Nah, it was just too long at 18 lines. If I could have combined more, I would have!

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 10:37 PM

I think this album can be summed up in two words: KICK-ASS!

This is literally one of the greatest OCR albums ever. It had so much rock, which is nice because not many OCR albums are like that. I absolutely love this kinda genre, with the bass and the drums and freaking awesome stuff and the what-have-you.

Some tracks did get repetitive and I didn't particularly care for the screamo, but those are only minor gripes. I'm not gonna lie, I was unfamiliar with a lot of the source material, but the epic arrangements and production and face-melting RAWK made up for it. This album places in my top 5 OCR albums.

I'll do a track by track review once I soak in its epicness some more.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:09 PM

BAH GAWD this album is awesome. Evil rules

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 12:16 AM

This album really rocks guys great work. With the amount of awesome guitar skills on show here I really should've politely asked one of you to collaborate with me haha. I'm looking forward to vol.2 it's a great concept and I'll provide a killer track or 2 for it fo'sho! I would like to do a review of each track, I've not really been around for a long time so it's the least I can do to be supportive. I'll try to get that done within the next couple of days.

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 02:56 PM

Let's makes some noise people ! We'rve gotten not one, but two epic OC ReMix Albums in just two weeks! My iPod is loving you guys right now, it's being very well fed with so much tight tunage 8-) I can't wait to listen to this! I'll be sure to do a review when I've finished ;-)

#16 Swanky

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Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:56 PM

This thing is insane(ly good). That Vergil remix is legendary.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 01:16 AM

Oh man, it's about time I've heard an awesome Ultimecia remix. That's probably up in my top three final boss fight songs ever.


#18 Brandon Strader

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:55 AM

I didn't particularly care for the screamo

I agree, Screamo is terrible

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 05:46 AM

You know, I was surprised that there was no Sonic villains on here. I mean, you've got Dr. Eggman, Neo Metal Sonic, Mephiles/Solaris, and Dark Gaia...then again, Eggman is common, the other three, only one game. So...well, I like the album as it is.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 02:38 PM

Wow, another excellent album. I love the concept, and the music really delivers what I'd expect given the title. What I didn't expect was Mazedude's Saren remix. It was probably a minute into the track before I "got it". From there on I was just blown away.

Bravo and thanks to all the artists!

Oh, and kudos to Sixto for that cut of dialog from the original TMNT movie. That took me back some years.




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