ReMix: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 'Metal Gear May Cry'
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Chances are, you may have heard this MGS2 / Devil May Cry hybrid arrangement with cinematic and gothic overtones by Mr. Hudson before - it's been on the net for quite awhile. Given it was already so famous, me and Jared both decided it would be cool if, for its debut on OCR, he remastered it a bit, tweaked a few things here and there, etc. Just to add a little bonus to those already intimately familiar :) In typical Jared Hudson style, this is a very strong piece with prominent percussion, great dynamics, lush arrangement, and a flair for the melodramatic. Jared loves those swells and power chords, and I for one don't hold it against him, as long as they're done like they are here - well. I have always been and will always be partial to Konami's Metal Gear Solid games - they really started something with the original, the follow-up being more an evolution than a revolution but still making all the right improvements. My type of game, and the score to MGS2 by Gregson-Williams is indeed film-quality - better, in fact, that some of John Williams' recent stuff. The type of soundtrack that would give the competing Oscar nominations for best score a run for their money (though last year LotR won and deserved it a thousand times over) Jared mixes and matches the gothic elements of the Devil May Cry soundtrack, which I'm less familiar with, into a two-segment piece that's almost transparent in its blending. Very suspenseful, epic, and well-constructed - as most good film music does, this arrangement tells a story in its clear progression, rises, and falls, and conjures rich visual images. Give it a listen, even if you've heard a version before, and a review, even if you've reviewed it before. Great stuff, highly recommended.
- Cerrax on January 20, 2011
- shadeslayer77 on November 18, 2010
If memory serves, this was the first OCR track I had ever listened to, through a flash movie, and had to track it down.
From the moment the piece begins, you feel as though you're preparing yourself for some monumental task or event. The build-up is a nice mix of tension and subtle releases, flowing into the 1 minute mark where the piece becomes MGS-centred (which I consider to be the meat of the arrangement). At that point, it does feel as though we're given another build-up. In some ways, the arrangement could have started at 1:03 mark really and no one would be the wiser; making the first minute seem in some ways like a paste on job.
The instrument choices help cement the impression of power and awe within this, and create the Devil May Cry link that I could not quite pick out. In some ways, you can tell the age of the track due to the production values, but don't get me wrong, they are still pretty damn impressive.
On that matter, I did find it hard to pick out the DMC elements, but I believe that's one of the draws of this piece. The two sources are combined so well that it's as though they had alawys belonged together. Kudos!
I took me a long time to force my best friend to listen to this, but once he did, his impression was the same as mine -- who knew someone could take such a well loved theme and turn it into something like this?
Whenever I want a dose of inspiration in my day-to-day activities or drift off and daydream about grandeur, this is the track I put on. One day, I hope to be able to do something like this, thank you!
- Wina A. Kamlongera on October 21, 2010
The acclaim of this mix is pretty notorious, so I guess I won't have anything new to say about it. This is a very signature piece of music; an extremely Hudsonian arrangement, if you will, and there is some noticeable overlap between this mix and his other mixes.
Still, this comes through as an integral mix in the constant transition from the old ways to the new ways of OCR mixing. The emphasis on realism and the grandiose really put the remixing scene into its place and gave bland and lazy remixers a reason to be nervous. Most of all though, it gave everybody access to a whole new tier of great music. And that's something I'm sure we're all thankful for.
- Marmiduke on October 15, 2010
- OA on September 1, 2010
I've listened to it like a billion times, and I just can't get enough of it. Sure, the MGS theme is a great source, but Jared simply transcended it.
So epic. So moving. So overwhelming. Raah, gotta listen to it once again :lol:
Most awesome, my good sir.
- Ring Them Bells on March 22, 2010
- shadowg3 on December 20, 2009
Really impressive use of some lesser-used orchestral instruments such as the choir and organ, it helps to set it apart from all the other orchestral songs on the site that I've kind of grown tired of. The delayed piano sample seems kind of cliched at this point but I won't hold it against this mix. Honestly, I didn't even realize this was a pre-OCR01000 song, the production sounds great even by today's standards. This is the kind of gem I love hearing as I sift through some of the earlier songs on the site!
Really fantastic work that holds up completely by today's standards. I'll be keeping this one!
- Emunator on December 19, 2009
And to our lord Metal Gear, amen.
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- Polo on December 9, 2009
Admittedly I can't really find any fault with it; it's amazing, wonderful, awesome, and should belong in everyone's OCR playlist.
- 42 on December 4, 2009
- paladin777 on January 16, 2007
I dont know why now i put my insight about this remix but i remember download it through AudioGalaxy (time time ago) where the title of the artist was "John Williams". Understand me. A John Williams score about MGSolid should be a must it. And I believed it when I finished of download it.
Later through this site i discovered the fake and that was a "Jared Hudson" who made it. And i'm still gotting the same opinion as if Williams made it. Simply marvelous.
This is, without any kind of doubt, one of my Top 5 of the remixes of this site and also one of my favourite score it that wasn't a remix.
Since that, i downloaded all Hudson stuff. Is worthy it.
- Zadko on November 10, 2006
Yes, it's that good.
- YoshoMasaki on October 5, 2006
With the breathtaking, awe-inspiring church oragan opening, crushing in its feeling of hopelessness and unescapable fate ?
Or maybe the "get your act together" crescendo that ensues with the picking up of the pace, the entry of the piano voice and the beginning of the percussion line ?
There's also the continuous rise and fall of morale the piece inspires, as though Jared would enjoy toying with our emotions, impressively well done...
Or the "divine enlightenment" feel at 2:10 that just makes you wanna throw your optical camouflage in the gutter and take on the world with your bare hands...
And who could neglect the majesty of the discovery of the MGS theme at 2:52, which absolutely floored each and every person I sat down and forced to listen to this masterpiece (whether they know MGS or not), an allegory of splendour...
You guys decide, I'll just say one last thing : ladies and gents, Jared Hudson, everyone remember the name. It'll one day be up there, right between John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and the whole gang...
Keep up the good work and good luck with everything and everything you undertake !
- Darth Mamdouh on May 14, 2006
I'll be honest though, I actually have something admit in this post. One of my recent hobbies is to take clips from TV shows (specifically sci-fi shows) and re-edit them into a music video. For some time, I had been looking for a song that would be great for my next video (which will consist of clips from Stargate: Atlantis). When I heard Jared's Metal Gear May Cry (Remastered), it was like a hundred light bulbs turning on in my head. Not only was this song great for my video, it was PERFECT! So after much effort, I want to show you guys the video that I made, but first let me mention three things:
1. Jared Hudson, of course, gets full credit for the music in this video.
2. This video does contain [u][b]spoilers[/b][/u] to those who have not seen Stargate: Atlantis season 2, so heads up.
3. When you play this music video, be sure to turn up the volume and bass for full enjoyment!
Here it is:
Again, my hat goes off to you Jared. Fantastic work! And if you see this video, I hope you enjoy it!
- Fizziks on May 8, 2006