ReMix: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse "Froggy Mosh" 3:41

By goat

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Dead Beat (Swamp Stage)"

Primary Game: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, 1990, NES), music by Jun Funahashi, Yoshinori Sasaki, Yukie Morimoto

Posted 2006-09-19, evaluated by the judges panel


It's goat, it's CV, and it kicks. Need you know more? It's rather late, and I have some quality sleeping to do... don't wanna spend the time convincing you if it's not necessary, doncha know... Ah, well, I owe it to Chris to at least put in the good college try... not that I ever particularly tried in college. This arrangement of "Dead Beat" is from a CV3 project the ReMixer's been working on, and features all of the strengths goat's previous mixes displayed (raw energy, awesome performances) and, yes, some of the weaknesses (questionable samples, mostly); when you've got a single element as powerful as the lead electric that goat wields, I suppose it's a bit more challenging to find accompaniment instrumentation that doesn't sound comparatively pale. Said guitar has never yet failed to galvanize the overall production, however, and the panel was in agreement that the end result was true to form and quality stuff. Larry writes:

"Loved all the tangents you went off on with the arrangement. 2:44-onward kept things strong for the rest of the track. Nice subtle speeding up of the tempo for the end, including some nice shredding seguing into the organ-driven finish. Organ was a little too rigidly sequenced as well, but again the overall skill is just too strong. Chris had several unique variations on the source and so many adept transitions where nearly everything flowed well from one concept to the next. I hate to say this is better than the original, as it might offend goat's own reasons for tributing the soundtrack. But on an individual level, I didn't care for the source tune, yet the arrangement generated an interest and respect for what could be done with it. Around here, that's when you know it's a job well done. Keep 'em coming, Chris."

For my money, I love the subtle little pitch bends right in the intro, the menacing chromatic chugs not too long afterwards, and the synth arpeggio and running piano work towards the end; as Larry also points out, the tempo acceleration is really a nice touch. Heavy, high-impact stuff.

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Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Skurvy_Pirate
on 2011-06-30 19:29:56

Wow I love this! It is easily my favorite Castlevania mix. I think it is the variety of instruments used and the rockish sound that really intrigues me. I especially love the guitar and piano together at 0:38 and 1:27. As other have said, the sampling could be better (though they aren't "bad") but the song is so good that it honestly doesn't make me like it any less.

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tweex
on 2010-09-14 20:54:51

Not bad for an intro. I'm still not a fan of the GM sound, but it works better in this mix. However, the lead guitar tone is not up to Mr. Gates' usual standard; they sound low-fi with no head room which is really disappointing. The pianos is WILDLY mechanical here, but a nice thought on breaking up the dynamics. The arrangement is still where this is at though even if some of the ideas weren't executed terribly well. The tempo change was a nice touch. Not my favorite from goat, but not terrible at all.

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Sir_Downunder
on 2009-12-03 00:20:16

Wasn't to sure what to think of this mix at first, but as the mix went on I began to like. Some of the samples are a little rough and i would've like to hear the guitar a little more clearly. But this is Goat, pound out CV metal and that ain't not bad with me.:nicework:

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OA
on 2009-03-24 09:30:07

Lead tone was overly muffled, but it's clear Goat knows his way around the Castlevania world, trusty axe in hand, rocking those skeletons to dust. The drum sound seemed a little overly canned, and some of the synths seemed a little forced (that weird sweeping one near the beginning that was way loud and treble heavy in particular), but the guitar performances were good.

Not my favorite Goat mix, but it has some cool moments.

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Martin Penwald
on 2006-10-14 17:10:09

Nice rock song that gets really good from 2:59 on. Though I think that the climax is somewhat on the short side.

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Adam_Slight
on 2006-09-28 11:32:36

Pretty cool song

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kamoh
on 2006-09-27 16:35:56

With a very critical eye, because I love the track and composition:

Samples (comparatively to goat) suck - everything sounds very synthetic, which means it's better than about 96% of the things that get entered to OCR. The percussion set sounds like it was overused and overemphasized, as well.

I agree with all of you, plus the fact that this sounds completely not live and really would benefit from adding some things - a concert audience background, more dynamic contrast, etc.

Aside from that, I don't believe that I've heard very many remixes of this particular track and it's something fresh for me as a Castlevaniator from way back (not really).

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Liontamer
on 2006-09-23 13:58:44
Not goat's best. Samples here are bad.

Go to goat's site and get all of his other stuff - amazing stuff. This "Froggy Mosh" not so much.

http://www.powergoat.com/

Yeah, he should probably just start using Kompakt presets for every track he does from here on out. :roll:

Ha! Clearly, he might as well just threaten to pull all of his mixes off the site due to the criticism. :lol:

While he's at it, he could start shoveling out critiques based off of a subject he knows virtually nothing about! :idea:

Better start paying for lessons with Vivaldi now. Need to gain some street cred around here. :lol:

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Joshua Morse
on 2006-09-23 10:47:28
Not goat's best. Samples here are bad.

Go to goat's site and get all of his other stuff - amazing stuff. This "Froggy Mosh" not so much.

http://www.powergoat.com/

Yeah, he should probably just start using Kompakt presets for every track he does from here on out. :roll:

Ha! Clearly, he might as well just threaten to pull all of his mixes off the site due to the criticism. :lol:

While he's at it, he could start shoveling out critiques based on a subject he knows virtually nothing about! :idea:

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Liontamer
on 2006-09-22 13:41:00
Not goat's best. Samples here are bad.

Go to goat's site and get all of his other stuff - amazing stuff. This "Froggy Mosh" not so much.

http://www.powergoat.com/

Yeah, he should probably just start using Kompakt presets for every track he does from here on out. :roll:

Ha! Clearly, he might as well just threaten to pull all of his mixes off the site due to the criticism. :lol:

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Chickenwarlord
on 2006-09-22 13:25:47

Not goat's best in the least. Like the others said, go to his website for total ownage of the Castlevania empire.

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Joshua Morse
on 2006-09-22 10:28:03
Not goat's best. Samples here are bad.

Go to goat's site and get all of his other stuff - amazing stuff. This "Froggy Mosh" not so much.

http://www.powergoat.com/

Yeah, he should probably just start using Kompakt presets for every track he does from here on out. :roll:

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Vurez
on 2006-09-21 10:22:35

Ahhh, more goat goodness. Great job as always.

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Azure Prower
on 2006-09-21 06:13:48

What can I say? I've listened to a few of Goat's submissions before. But not having listened to them for a while, I've forgoten his style.

I downloaded this expecting to be another mindless head banging heavy metal that's going to give me a headache. Instead, I love the song right away. The intro build up was awesome and kept that nice nercoslaying theme with the right ammount of rock.

Look forward to your next one.

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Trygon
on 2006-09-20 23:59:02

What an awful name. Aside from that, awesome!

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, 1990, NES)
Music by Jun Funahashi, Yoshinori Sasaki, Yukie Morimoto
Songs:
"Dead Beat (Swamp Stage)"

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Genre:
Rock
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Piano
Additional:

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Duration:
3:41

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