ReMix: Ninja Gaiden 'Devil's Mask'

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I think you're all gonna like this one; I know I do. Our first submission from SFLaValle is a VERY strong showing in the trance arena, covering Ninja Gaiden's Masked Devil theme in glorious mind-numbing fashion with a never-ending filtered stab line, cool reverbed pizzicato strings, ample supplies of echo, and a rock solid soft bass kick and sub-synth style low-end. This all comes together in a fashion that really works, and reminds me of playing the game, which was a masterpiece of 2d platforming gameplay the likes of which the world never saw (for real) again after the NES. Tecmo dropped the ball in a HUGE way in not making this a true franchise and doing 16-bit, 32-bit, and now 128-bit versions. Ahhhh! But at least we can relive the glory with tracks like this - must-grab, don't be without it, VERY groove. Makes ya long for the good ole' days . . .

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Emunator
on 2009-12-19 20:20:44
Something about the timing of everything in the introduction sounded really off to me. Once the soundscape flattened out a bit this one became more interesting. I like the distortion effects on some of the synths as well, they gave the mix a bit of character. Overall, some nice sounds but still a fairly generic remix when you get right down to it.
DragonAvenger
on 2009-12-19 10:48:00
This is pretty cool. I like the effects that went into this, where everything starts to mesh together in a very atmospheric way. I'm don't know the source, but this one can easily stand on it's own. Cool stuff.
OA
on 2008-02-06 15:02:53
The delay really makes this one interesting. Some of the lower pizzicato at the beginning didn't really sound like it matched up properly, but a somewhat minor detail as the rest of the track is excellently atmospheric.
There almost might be a bit too much reverb and delay on this one, but it's minimal. There are so many subtle polyrhythms derived from the gated synths and the subsequent delays that even though the structure is simple, it has a very rich complexity to it.
I'm not too familiar with the original, but this could easily be played at disco clubs just about anywhere and no one would know what it was a ninja gaiden remix unless they recognized the source.
Nice work, this one is cool.
Polo
on 2007-12-06 09:55:19
Mesmerizing, chilling, and evil (in a good way). Shadows dance as I slowly go insane after catching a glimpse of Jaquio's psyche behind that pallid purple face. Which gives the title an aura of its own.
Shadikka
on 2005-02-03 09:18:50
I so very love this song. I downloaded this in the 001-500 pack and I just can't stop listening to this song...
And now I noticed that I'm gonna be late from a hobby if I don't hurry.
But still, the instruments are great, the song is great, the echo is great, the remixer is something near God et cetera.
Thanks for a great remix.
Mahjong No OujiSama Yoshi
on 2003-11-18 13:31:05
Wait a second! THIS IS A SAME SONG IN A DIFFERENT WAY! How odd is that? Oh well! THIS THING IS TECHNO AND HOT ALLOVER IT! That's all I got to say!
LegendarySword
on 2003-02-24 19:15:14
A very good remix that improves the original. I can't imagine it being done in a better way than Techno.
Strider Kyoden
on 2003-02-19 13:29:49
Oh My.
This is some good mixage, I've been holding off on reviewing it, but I figured I might as well.
Okay, Here Goes:
I like the way the mix flows together, this being one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite Ninja Gaiden theme in the first place. You get the normal distorted technoy feel with the light drums and such, with more of an upbeat yet relaxed feel. Good Stuff.
Tappy
on 2003-02-09 01:26:31
BioDemon. wrote: If you want to make a good mix don't make it techno. There are plenty of good remixes on OC, and none of them are techno.

My, what an open-minded individual you are.
This has always been one of my favorite mixes from the site. It stays true to the flavor of the original, it manages to take a completely repetative tune and keep it interesting for four minutes plus, and you can dance to it. You can't get much better than that. Great stuff.
Rychan
on 2002-10-08 21:42:08
I gotta say, this is probably my favorite remix on this entire site. I had this on my mp3 player over the summer when I went to spain, and listend to it like every day. (I didn't have my computer to switch out the songs) I'm not a big trance or techno guy, either, this song just really moves me.
Sir_NutS
on 2002-09-19 00:48:35
Yeah.. ninja gaiden remixes are cool.. specially this one.. it has a great selection of instruments and great arrangement.. oh! and an outstanding break!!! I love it! great remix overall
skawttieboy
on 2002-09-14 12:43:08
This is an outstanding remix, real dance type music, and it just has a good flowing beat to it....I love what I hear :)
Senescence
on 2002-09-09 14:06:38
I love this song and have been listening to it for many a month. I like seeing a larger abundance of Ninja Gaiden songs here on the site. It also makes me happy to see that this remix kept so much of the original from the game intact. Quality work indeed.
Veovis
on 2002-09-08 10:29:23
I remember this track very well from the very ending of the game -- and it was the best track of the game. This ReMix is awesome!! A must download for those who remember the old 8-bit Ryu. Some ReMixes don't keep enough of the original in, but this is smooth all the way along. Very high quality work.
Joseph Collins
on 2002-08-02 07:38:15
Rarely is it, that I find a piece of music that I just have to hit the Play button on in WinAMP. Ya know... Just before it ends. So I can listen to it again. .. Anyway... This remix qualifies for that, no questions asked. This is a beautiful remix of the Devil's Mask theme from Ninja Gaiden. Now if only someone would do a good rendition of the Nails of Lukifell. ... Actually, nevermind. Someone already did. Jose Acosta, with his "Ninja Gaiden: Emulated" Remix... ^-^; So, yeah. I'm all set!