ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Fight On"

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Christophe Blondel, aka CarboHydroM, sends in his first submission, a not-so-ordinary guitar rock arrangement of FF7's "Still More Fighting" that initially sounds like an above-average rock arrangement that follows the original pretty closely, but soon deviates into some interesting syncopation around 1'36" that forms an explorative mid-section that adds a lot to the overall, then busts out with some mad triplets of power afterwards. Kudos for, in a relatively short timespan, just over three minutes, having a significant number of discrete sections in a genre that often tends towards more reiteration. Shariq says:

"This has a lot of excellent original reinterpretations of the original song. I absolutely love the rolling hi-hat work during the section that starts around 1:38. So chill, man. SOOO chill. Guitar stuff is sweet too. It doesn't follow the arrangement of the original exactly, even though it's the same/of-a-similar genre. I think this is a great example of how to remix a song without resorting to doing a genre adaptation."

With Baranowsky adding:

"The guitar work is excellent. I personally can't find much to critique other than a somewhat muddy presentation due to slightly subpar EQ, but it's nothing rejection-worthy. It makes people happy when people don't shrug off the bass as a simple backing for other going-ons. This mix makes me happy."

Not the easiest person to make happy, either, and I agree with the source of mirth - the bass is well-handled, and for my part whatever sharpness could have been added to the EQ is hardly missed. This mix has energy to spare, is well-constructed, imaginative, and goes beyond simply taking the original and performing it on guitar/acoustic drums. Good mojo music to listen to for me especially after the Yanks' win tonight (Evil Empire fan and what not) - great stuff, hopefully a harbinger of things to come from CarboHydroM.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
OA
on 2009-11-27 17:07:34

some earlier CH material that holds up pretty decently- the first half is a bit too similar to the source, but then it does a great job of deviating into some great interpretive arrangement. The snare is a bit over-compressed i'd say, but the mix overall still retains a good deal of power. Guitars sounded pretty good and the playing was really nice.

Nice rockin work. :-)

ResEvil07
on 2007-01-01 16:52:18

I loved this song in its original form and Carbo has done an excellent job with it.

The first thing I want to comment on is Carbo's excellent abilty to play the guitar. He truly brings the songs he performs to life. Now I felt the even though the song was good it had it's down points. Namely at the end, where I was expecting a little more than just a repeat. However I felt that even though the drums got a little repetive at times they had some rather innovative beats. Also I want to point out the when ending a song try not to make it too abrupt.

Overall the song was excellent head-banging material. Rock fans will defiently enjoy this one.

Dunther
on 2006-07-20 01:02:56

love CarboHydroM...I hope he sends more tracks on OCR... :)

Hyperion5182
on 2006-07-06 12:35:44

O.O 8O8O8O8O8O8O

ownage factor 11!!!!

This mix rules!!

Sonic Tooth
on 2006-07-06 09:46:50

Totally brilliant!

The amount of energy and variation infused in this ReMix is astounding.

Both the drums and the guitar have been handled / crafted with such great skill well, either could be the 'driving force' behind the song. With both of these elements of the song going at full tilt, this has the power to grab your attention and keep you with it as it goes in every which direction. Perfect for that adreline pumping boss situation.

All in all, great playing and creativity makes for an awesome Remix. It would be nice if it were possible to put this track into the game instead of the original!

I've gotta check out your 'Space Harrier' remix asap.

lady zelda
on 2006-01-01 01:14:31

ROCK ON!!! The minute I put it on, I get this immediate rush. I don't care what planet you're from, you gotta love every minute of it. Perfect for every occasion: at a party, alone, or even better, driving down the highway rocking out to this blaring from the speakers!!! It's just plain fun! CarboHydroM, keep it coming! I dunno what else to say about this. Amazing, just absolutely amazing.

SakakiAzu
on 2005-11-12 04:19:49

Must you steal all I have to say?

One part of the quitar I didn't like, and thats about it....

9.5/10

Bummer
on 2005-10-15 11:10:13

FF7 has the best bossmusic, no question about it. Hydro kept the awesome rhytm and guitar-thrashing feel to it, but exchanged some of the parts to do some freestyle guitarplay, that for me is no prob at all. This remix gets the adrenaline pumping, a great solid effort from Carbo, and we all should thank him by banging our heads in unison. Thanks dude.

quadra23
on 2005-09-02 18:26:51
Actually, Nobuo is part of TMB project, and performed on all the tracks. So technically he hasn't been outdone..

What is the TMB project? Even Google doesn't know, http://www.google.ca/search?q=%22tmb+project%22+nobuobtnG=Search. Officially the band's name is The Black Mages (TMB). I said he hasn't been outdone because this is a remix (technically that's the purpose of the band in the first place, to remix his own game music) of the original (even though he himself did the original). If you call the TBM version the same as the the original FF7 battle music then either you've heard only 1 of them or none. By the way, have you even heard the Those Who Fight Further mix?

I agree with the muddy part and that's part of the reason I say the TBM version was better in terms of the instrument balancing I liked the instrument selection TBM used from the 1:00-1:40 whereas the repetition of the guitars in this version and part of the build that occurs from 0:30-1:01 was completely missing and not just re-worked which deterred from the the aforementioned section that it builds up to in the song.

The opening was definitely a good part of this version I just felt it "fell apart at" 0:30 but the various parts where unique guitar sequences were done could be expanded a little further. The original guitar content after 1:30 was actually quite well done to playing on the original sound theme, but could have been complemented with filler background instruments (like instrument fading to either nothing or quietly backing the guitars) and having this transition spread over a little more time since the overall leap from 1:25-1:35 was just a little too rapid. To summarize, the major shortcomings of this song I would say were the lack of volume balance of instruments (i.e. drums seemed louder then the guitars) and a lack instrument variety that included the song having spots that seemed more like "dead space" in what is normally a very fast-paced tune. With some more polishing this tune could have a solid twist to the original!

FranticDescent
on 2005-09-02 12:05:10

Maybe so, but I could (and will! :lol:) claim the same for The Black Mages remake over this remix as well as the original. All you unbelievers need to hear the TBM version! Yes I know Nobuo made the original, and unlike historically shown many times, the original creator can not always be outdone. I still have yet to hear a better version after hearing this one, look for it as "Those Who Fight Further". :P

Actually, Nobuo is part of TMB project, and performed on all the tracks. So technically he hasn't been outdone..

But onto the remix, I thought it was awesome. But I have a couple of tiny complaints. The way it was remixed. Damn awesome. But your mix is far to muddy. The guitars don't really have any edge and are often hard to fully hear at points.

Music content = Awesome, but the mix could be improved!

Great work all the same =) Keep remixing!

quadra23
on 2005-06-16 13:32:11
Totally true to the original but 80 billion times more hardcore and still awesome. The basstastic interlude at 1:38 is also hot as hell, and it definitely makes me think of Midgar and all the robot related bosses.

Maybe so, but I could (and will! :lol:) claim the same for The Black Mages remake over this remix as well as the original. All you unbelievers need to hear the TBM version! Yes I know Nobuo made the original, and unlike historically shown many times, the original creator can not always be outdone. I still have yet to hear a better version after hearing this one, look for it as "Those Who Fight Further". :P

I'm not quite so sure about the "hardcore enough" part, the robots were cool but they weren't the only cool bosses that this song mixes well with.

Schonste
on 2005-04-18 15:15:40

\m/

Totally true to the original but 80 billion times more hardcore and still awesome. The basstastic interlude at 1:38 is also hot as hell, and it definitely makes me think of Midgar and all the robot related bosses.

All the other bosses are so not hardcore enough.

SamuraiFoochs #Reload
on 2005-01-16 22:25:34

Sweet. If I had the energy to headbang, I would. Great stuff.

Brim
on 2004-12-29 21:16:17

Not one of my top songs, but definitely a great listen. I like it.

Dragonblade
on 2004-12-25 21:44:25

Two Words - ROCK ON!!! :)!!