ReMix: Final Fantasy VII 'Omnislash'

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What exactly IS an "omnislash"? Is it somewhat like an omnibus, only with less bus... and more slash? Is it the effect of getting hit by Uther Doul's Possible Sword from The Scar? FF fans and perhaps even bystanders of course know the real answer, and yet it is amusing to postulate alternatives. In this instance, however, it's also yet another Voices of the Lifestream track, this time from Fishy, one of the artists who debuted on OCR with the project's epic BWM mega-collab. In that instance, Cain was part of a larger picture, but here he's flying Han Solo, though still quite admirably rocking your socks off. Guitar, synth, and drums are all chock full o' pure, unrefined spice, as the mixer integrates superfast synth runs and leads with electric guitar, tossing in some sick, slick modulation here and there, breaking down for an extensive minute of mellower sans-drums material from 2'23" to 3'23", then finishing up. Fishy confides:

"This started off with a Dream Theater influence, but who knows what the crap it turned into. I just wanted to sneak on to the FF7 project, so I made most of this ReMix in a week, which is an improvement on my normal remixing time by around 8 months."

Nice. JJT, whose West coastness shines through time and again, meanders:

"easy pass. things do start out a little coverish, but both the arrangement and the awesomeness expand as the track progresses. this is a great debut track. sometimes when i listen to your stuff cain, i wonder where you came from, and why? perhaps you were sent by some higher power to teach us lessons about love and honor, before departing as abruptly as you appeared...what was I talking about again?"

Project Director Andrew Aversa lends his two cents:

"Fishy, like Another Soundscape, pretty much came out of nowhere and has been tearing it up since he started actively ReMixing and collaborating with people. This particular contribution to VotL is one of the heaviest tracks on the project, taking an already high-energy source tune and really putting it into overdrive. Awesome soloing, over-the-top synths, tight performances."

Pretty much - Dream Theater ain't far off the money, and if you're looking for high-octane synth and guit soloing, you've come to the right place. Omniprops.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
inuzuka 007
on 2010-05-05 14:54:03
This remix of Omnislash is wicked in my own view it is one of the best remixes on all of the disks. Nice job Fishy!!
Emunator
on 2009-12-03 00:44:41
This track's a great starting point for Fishy, but you can really tell how much his style has evolved and matured since he started. This one almost feels a little generic compared to his newer stuff.
Of course, that doesn't mean it's not totally rockin' :-D The piano/strings section, and the way the guitar transitions back in after that's done is executed pretty well, so props on that especially!
Bahamut
on 2009-11-08 20:29:18
For staying true to the original, this track fits the bill. It could easily replace the original, and probably would be more interesting to be honest.
Rozovian
on 2008-12-04 03:14:53
Would work well in a game, works well on my ipod. Let's just say it works. But it does so much more than that. Dude, it rocks. It keeps the action going and doesn't get old. Great, great work.
jayc4life
on 2008-01-16 10:19:40
Another of my favourites from the Voices of the Lifestream album. I'm not familiar with any remixer names or particular styles around here yet, so I can't go all personal and say "typical Fishy remix, keeps with his consistent style" yadda-yadda.

But I will say that it captures the high-pace of the frantic action well from where the original was used in the game (timed sequences, a few boss battles, and the Battle Arena, if I'm not mistaken) and the style of this particular track suited it rather well, if I must say so myself.
OA
on 2008-01-08 12:48:11
Great playing and some nice additional flourishes, the whammy tricks are awesome. The mix starts out kind of vanilla, but evolves very naturally into some more interpretive sections. The guitar at 2:53 was well built-into, and I am digging the fuzzy tone you have going throughout. I think the kick needs a stronger beater attack to get more of a click in there, but as long as the speakers are big enough, it sounds good. :-)
GG dude
Nutritious
on 2007-12-12 12:55:06
Congrats on your first (solo) post, Fish. I've been a fan of this song since the first time I heard it on the album. Solid work all around and good dynamics/transitions. Definitely a keeper.
Fishy
on 2007-12-11 15:15:04
Another Soundscape;353501 wrote: The drums are a tad over compressed and the bassdrum is a bit too machine-gun to sound real.

You should have heard the drums before the remaster.
[quote=]Dream Theater called. They want their typical style back. Seriously, they won't stop bugging me.
Vai called, he wants his 8 bars back. You can't fool me.
The people who've heard this always say the synths and the guitar rawk, and the drums lesser so. I always thought it was the other way around :S. But yeah, thanks for comments :3.
DragonAvenger
on 2007-12-10 22:11:47
Man, Fishy, you rawk!
Everything's tight, nothing sounds out of place. Great stuff.
Sixto
on 2007-12-10 15:38:37
Dream Theater called. They want their typical style back. Seriously, they won't stop bugging me.
Craaaaazy whammy action! I hope your bridge snaps off one of these days! Also, can it plz b collab tiems?
Tensei
on 2007-12-10 15:13:50
Gratz on your first solo mix posted, Fishy!
There's not too much to be said about this one except that it rawks.. Hard! Keep it up aye :P
On second thought, maybe cut out the bassoon cadenza, it gets a little overbearing at the end.
avaris
on 2007-12-10 11:48:46
Oooh g-tar wankery at it's best!
I agree with Anso about the drums but the synth and guitar soloes are executed way too good for those to detract from the mix. Glad to hear some clearly defined break down sections for such a high energy song, gives the ears some time to recover.
Awesome stuff dude!
anosou
on 2007-12-10 07:51:03
"Ooh look at me, my name's FISHUH, I write crazy rawk anthems for really old games Anso had and bought cheap instore. Honestly..."
So heavy! This is a solid performance by Fishy.
High energy, clean mix and superb guitar playing. The drums are a tad over compressed and the bassdrum is a bit too machine-gun to sound real. Still, this is solid production. I'm surprised that there's more synth solo than guitar solo but I kinda like that, it fits FFVII a lot more. The guitar soloing that's there is great, the whammy action is truly amazing :D
Great remix Cain!
djpretzel
on 2007-12-09 21:18:03
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