Two Playstation 2 Konami sequels ReMixed in a row - coincidence, or psychic phenomenon? Rather than waste the money on a phone call to Miss Cleo, let's count our blessings and move on . . . this latest ReMix from Steve Pordon is his first in a considerable while, and offers a stripped-down, open, guitar-driven take on Silent Hill 2's tunage. The mix title is specifically a response to The Wingless' "There Was a Hole Here" SH2 arrangement from July of last year. Things intro with a ghostly white noise cloud, acoustic guitar, and some nice, heavy drums to start us off, joined soonafter by a very meaty bass with a delayed attack that adds to the "heaviness" of the sound (Led Zep seems to have used this a lot - achieves sonic weight through subtle amounts of delay instead of sheer volume . . . tres cool) Digital Coma sums it up pretty thoroughly: "The plucked and distorted guitars complement each other well to meld into a panic-driven, caustic, wailing wreck that Silent Hill so distinctively emotes. The guttural bass line hammers the feel further, and the drum work is noticeable enough to push the piece along during the softer sections, but not so striking as to be overpowering. The ID3 comments say this is remastered, and that's certainly apparent. A very nice play on the original." - I especially like when things pick up at 1'54" with the up-tempo riffage and shred chords. The drums really are well-done - not only do they sit well in the mix, but they sound organic enough to give the distinct feel of a human behind them, working the strings (or sticks) in one way or another, regardless of the actuality. Fret-sounds abound for more atmosphere, lending a raw (but not un-produced or "garage") quality. Portions of the initial guitar pattern sound much like Toccata and Fugue in D minor for organ, and I had a hard time mentally emancipating myself from expecting the next notes in the series to follow Bach's work and not Yamaoka's, but I grew accustomed to it after a couple listens. A good, straightforward-yet-nuanced ReMix of SH2 from Mr. Pordon. Recommended.
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