ReMix: Final Fantasy V "Fire Cross"
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- Game: Final Fantasy V (Square, 1992, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): LuIzA
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Battle", "Battle Scene", "Clash on the Big Bridge", "Don't be Afraid", "Hunter Chance", "Let the Battles Begin!", "Victory", "Village on a Windy Mountain - Conde Petie", "World Revolution"
- Posted: 2006-10-10, evaluated by djpretzel
- Terms (BETA): duration-long electric-guitar medley rock
Well, apparently early October's the season for rock medleys, as another new face joins the OCR ranks with a kicking smorgasbord of FF and CT tunes. I saw a stat on /. that indicated 64% of online gamers are female. It's thus rather disappointing/troubling/whatever that OCR doesn't have a stronger female contingency, which is why I'm bothering to mention that eighteen-year-old LuIzA (Luiza Carvalho) is a gal. She certainly doesn't need any special treatment - this mix is strong enough to stand on its own two legs, with limbs to spare, and I'd bet most guitar-centric mixers on the site would be damn proud of it were it theirs. It's just worth pointing out in the hopes that other ladies with musical tendencies might follow suit, if for any reason there's reluctance. This one really packs a wallop, as a plethora of Squaresoft tracks get lovingly shredded. Ms. Carvalho writes:
"this was made months ago for the Dec 2005/Jan 2006 DoD, RPG month, it placed 1st =D. I'd been wanting to do a FF battle theme medley for quite some time then, so I did. started off with an idea I had of mixing in Battle 1 (CT) with Battle (FFVII), then eventually arranged the parts that would go after and before that. Conde Petie (FFIX) is the only song in this remix that isn't a battle theme, the reason behind that is merely that I wanted to do a breakdown in the song, and need something that'd sound good after Hunter's Chance (FFIX) and could build up nicely on too, so... as for styles, those are basically what I like most, ska, punk and some metal (?). and also an old idea of mine was to include a victory fanfare as a 'bonus part' at the end, which is why there is some time after the main song... well, this is a BATTLE song medley, it oughta have a nice ending to all those battles haha."
Well, she clearly knows her game music, I'll say that much. Actually, she clearly knows how to put together a truly monstrous rock medley, too - fans of goat are going to feel right at home, methinks. You've got excellent rhythm and lead work (love that Cream-style wah effect), drums and bass that drive everything along and aren't content to ever fade too far into the background, and even some rock organ, with the afforementioned fusion of rock, ska, and metal genres putting all of this to tremendously effective use. I'd love to see Luiza do some vocal mixes, whether she sings or could collab with a vocalist, as while this is totally satisfying as an instrumental track and lacking in no way, I could see similar pieces dropping jaws if paired with the right lyrics/vocals. But that's tomorrow; for today, savor every second of this utterly in-your-face, metaphorical balls-to-the-wall tunage and start getting your Thanksgiving thankfulness in ahead of schedule - LuIzA rocks.
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