ReMix: Final Fantasy VII 'The Twelfth Commandment'
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Midee (Jason Zaffary) writes:
"This is a goth/thrashy rock-opera rendition of FF7's "Judgement Day" in the style of the brit rock group, MUSE. This song borrows from "Apocalypse Please" and a little from "Stockholm Syndrome". This was originally a DoD entry for this past summer, and was revised since. Arrangement, production, and everything but guitars is by me. Dan "prozax" Orosz did the guitars. Violins are real (performed by me) mixed with Sonic Implants strings."
I've actually just gotten into Muse this year, but they were on the cover of Keyboard awhile back and I remember reading about them and thinking they'd be worth checking out. Strong orchestral elements achieve synergy with heavy drums and guitar; the arrangement also cleverly utilizes piano eighth-note chords at 2'32" in a rather Beatlesque turn, when the strings break. Jason's done an ace job of playing with the string dynamics - SI is a fantastic library, but you still need to work to get the best out of it, and he's done amazingly well. 3'16" exposes Dan's clean electric guitar more, as one part panned right covers the melody over backing chords on the left, with faint choral pads in the distance; quite beautiful. Immediately following is the section that seems "Musest" to me, as things get both heavier and more metric/classical. Jason's clearly honed an ability specifically for string arrangement, which is strong here, and it mixes great with Dan's guitar work and the hard rock motif. Even if the arrangement was missing the bit at 2'32", it'd be great, but I felt like that addition in particular made the piece quite memorable and creative. Dan and Jason previously collaborated on a kicking Lifeforce ReMix, and this FF7 follow-up cements the clear success these two have working together - great stuff.
- Crulex on April 27, 2012
- OA on May 6, 2010
- Darth Magus on June 17, 2009
While I liked the strings overall, I did note they sounded different. But then, I'm a string freak and always notice them above all other sections of a song/piece.
The impression of the mix is just awesome. It's muscled, powerful stuff that isn't afraid to be quirky. Great characteristics for a mix that might have otherwise suffered from homage-itis or pretentiousness.
I'm kind of a noob when it comes to FF7 music, but I'm quickly learning why its so heralded. Certainly some of the strongest additions to OCR have come from FF7 source material, this one included. Nice job.
- Marmiduke on January 9, 2009
- leofungo on December 8, 2008
As you mentioned yourself, it is a bit a la Muse. And I dig Muse.
The only thing I'm a bit "unhappy" about, are the violins. They end too sudden and don't fade out at certain places.
- EgoDeusEst on February 7, 2007
I don't see how the song has little artistic value, the arrangment is expertly done. From the melody interplay between the guitar and orchestra, as well as the change. This remains one of, if not my flat-out favorite song on the site.
- cloudkitt on January 12, 2007
jorgandar wrote: I agree with artemisjaeger. I may get flamed for it, but i cant seem to bring myself to care about the opinion of idiots.
This song has little artistic value other than competent guitar playing. So why did it get approved? It uses guitar! OMG! Lets face it..there are certain "forumlas" on this site that will always get an approval from DJJudges. it's getting old.
As others have said...completely baseless.
I even agree with artemisjaeger. I really liked the chord progressions in the beginning, and my expectations for the rest were crushed. Plus that I didn't like the violins. I think...I just don't like violins...at all. I like many other string instruments. They're really loud and dry to boot. I need to find a song where I actually like violins. Perhaps even 50000 songs I would like that have them, but I can't recall their sound being good. I just don't know!™
With the other judgement day mix on this site, it's sort of the same. Somehow in the past it was one of my favorite songs, but recently I couldn't stand it, and got rid of it. I guess the source tune just got repetitive.
- Audity on November 1, 2006
- Blake on October 2, 2006
The string-work contains a fantastic arrangement and harmony. The key and stylized changes make this my favorite remix yet.
- cloudkitt on September 13, 2006
- Fishy on August 26, 2006
- Martin Penwald on August 10, 2006
- housethegrate on August 9, 2006
- maniater on August 9, 2006
Paul R Charles Watkins wrote:Fozzybear wrote: I don't think anyone asked, but, does anyone know where I can find the old version? I really loved this mix and kinda wanted to see how it evolved...
This one? Entered in the Dwelling of Duels competition, came 6th.. if there is any difference at all, it's miniscule (mastering, sample changes).
Dwelling Duels weights big vibrato and long mixes too much. The Twelfth Commandment is awesome. Also the name of the mix is great.
- anclunn on July 30, 2006