ReMix: The King of Fighters '96 "Psycho Rave" 3:21

By lazygecko

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"Psycho Soldier REMIX'96 (Psycho Soldier Team Theme)"

Primary Game: The King of Fighters '96 (SNK, 1996, NG), music by Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan

Posted 2002-09-20, evaluated by the judges panel

Hard hittin' King of Fighters '96 techno from Mr. Gecko Yamori. Gotta dig the intro, with lonely choral chords that eventually break into a solid build with a driving saw synth bass. It's at 1'08" where the primary melody comes in in the form of very loud gated trance chords - not exactly subtle. My one gripe is that the particular patch used has a bit too much high end and isn't shmood enough to be used so loudly and extensively. For this reason, I like the in-between sections with nice dancy house piano, bell, and clearly audible breakbeats, quite a bit more. It's good to see more SNK coverage - I've never considered the KOF games particularly ReMixable when compared to their fighting counterparts from the Capcom arena, but Yamori does an admirable job with some high-energy, pulsing action. Not his best work - could have used some mastering and, esp. for the genre, some more elaborate programming and electronic trickery. But as a meat-and-potatoes electro-arrangement from now-defunct SNK's annual franchise, it works pretty well.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-10-18 19:49:36

This mix is pretty rough in the production side, but you could definitely tell that Gecko has some chops here. I find myself bobbing my head listening to this, the arrangement still has a solid base to it.

on 2008-04-07 14:43:24

Pretty mechanical sequencing and a few sound choices i'm not sure of.

Some of the synths are really piercing, as is the attack or the bells. it's a little click that spikes right into my brain. ;_;

Drums are too buried and sortof just add white noise rather than distinct beats.

Arrangement is pretty generic as well..

Sorry dude, not feeling this one :-(

on 2006-11-14 09:59:31

I simply fell in love with this remix. It represents all that i would want to do in a remix. Hard, driving synths, beautiful piano, a great intro, and a good drum pattern make this remix what it is: awesome.

on 2005-03-17 06:26:30
Being an utter nutjob fan of SNK's music, my expectations are abnormally high, and as a result I didn't enjoy this mix as much as I wanted to. The main lead is too loud, and it could've used some more elaborate drumwork.

Still, its a good remix and well worth listening to.

More SNK please.

I totally agree with your opinion.

For those who would like to check the KOF '96 full arranged version, here goes it:

Psycho Soldier Remix ’96

on 2004-04-13 11:40:03

I think this is an awesome mix. Great job with the techno/rave remix of the Psycho Soldier theme. What's bugging me right now is I know I heard this before coming here. What I can't remember is if I heard it on a CD or if I just downloaded it looking for SNK themes. :oops:

Does anyone know where I can find a decent copy of the original arrangement?

I believe the arranged theme appears on the KoF '96 Arranged soundtrack. A slower version appears on the KoF '97 Arranged soundtrack.

on 2004-03-31 12:53:45

Yet another good electronica song by Gecko Yamori. I haven't heard the original, but it's still a very good song. The choir fits in perfectly the way he uses it. All in all, it's a great mix.

Neo Zero
on 2003-06-19 00:51:14

luckily i havent ever heard the original so i like this one for what it is, it seems that most people dun like the opening, maybe its just too too different than what it leads to, i think it has some taste tho.

i likes it!

on 2003-01-15 19:34:30

Opening chorals are a little annoying and it takes awhile to get into the main part. I mainly wanted to pop in here and say when it hits 1:08 the melody sounds like an ultra fast and cheesed melody from the song NoppZ mixed from Asterix Obelix. It sounds like only 7 of the first notes from it. Just thought that was interesting.

on 2002-10-08 03:42:45

I just figured out why the choral opening seemed so familiar; it's the same as in the cutscenes from LUNAR (Silver Star Story Complete) with Dyne/Althena and Alex/Luna.

Again, nicely done, Gecko. :)

on 2002-10-07 02:15:30

Ok, so from the beginning it didn't really catch my attention, and I wasn't looking very forward to it, but almost immediately after the short beginning segment it gets reeeeeeally cool. A straight bass beat and a fast paced "wah" sound, then it brings in a high-pitched metallic nifty sound effect, along with some cute little chimes. Around 2:00 starts reminding me of Crystalis. Excellent. 9 out of 10.

on 2002-09-27 10:27:20

I don't know... it is a good remix or a bad remix? What I know is that isn't the best remix but not the worst, too. Some parts are good, some not so. Kitsune Sniper told the parts. One thing yet: the outro is terrible if you ask me.

7/10 (1=worst; 10=best)

on 2002-09-25 13:02:08

Well, I aint the biggest fan of SNK´s music but what we have here

is an exceptional well done remix. It makes me wanna go *SMACK*,

*POW* and *HII-YYAAA!!*. Love the choir and the phat bassline.

However, I cant help but feel that the ending needs a liitle more "oomph".

But I guess thats just me...

Excellent work Geckomeister!

on 2002-09-23 07:37:25

yup another good song by Gecko :D , Great job man!

on 2002-09-22 09:37:10

Decent enough remix of a song I really like. Thanks, Gecko.

Does anyone know where I can find a decent copy of the original arrangement?

on 2002-09-20 23:48:47

The song's pretty good, very ravey. Too bad I don't like rave. *giggles*

Seriously. The intro didn't sound at all like the song. From 00:28 to 1:08, it sounded pretty good.

From 1:09 to 1:36 ... I really, REALLY hate that part. It's the only thing that sounds too... distorted. That kind of sound is what turned me away from rave sounds.

From then onward, I really enjoyed the song. The distorted parts, that's the only thing I didn't like.

But that's just me. ;) Sorry if I sounded rude.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
The King of Fighters '96 (SNK, 1996, NG)
Music by Shinsekai Gakkyoku Zatsugidan
"Psycho Soldier REMIX'96 (Psycho Soldier Team Theme)"

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