ReMix: Shadow of the Colossus "Wanderer on the Offensive (Live Edit)"
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- Game: Shadow of the Colossus (Sony, 2005, PS2)
- ReMixer(s): B33J, Cerrax, nonsensicalexis, Sixto Sounds
- Composer(s): Kow Otani
- Song(s): "Counterattack ~Battle with the Colossus~", "The Opened Way ~Battle with the Colossus~"
- Posted: 2007-12-15, evaluated by the judges
- Terms (BETA): collab electric-guitar resubmission rock strings synth
Wow. I hate to say anything is "sick" - I think I've reached the point where I'm too old and uncool, and it might even be misconstrued as a literal assessment of health. Nevertheless, I'm making an exception: this mix is sick. Arranger Cerrax writes:
"Here is a resubmission of my track "Wander On The Offensive" It has been completely reworked with live tracks and new drums. There was a lot of work put in by Sixto as well as yodaisbetter and B33J. I consider this song to be the largest I have worked on (on and off of OCR) and I am so glad to have this many talented individuals working on this mix. I really put a lot into this arrangement, and they really made it spring to life before my very ears."
Sixto handled guitars, drum sequencing, and mixing/mastering, with yodaisbetter on viola and B33J on bass guitar. Juan writes:
"When I first heard the original remix Cerrax came up with, I already thought it was a pretty rockin' track, but I really wanted to add some live guitars. So I jumped at the chance when I saw that he was looking for someone to record them. I also decided to help with the drums since they were getting some negative feedback on the forums. Although I'm not a big fan of collaborations, I really enjoyed working on this track. Hope you guys enjoy it, too."
Not a big fan of collabs? Wonder if that's meant from a participation or listening perspective, or perhaps both; you certainly couldn't tell it just from looking, or rather, listening. yodaisbetter writes:
"When I first heard the original of this mix I was quite impressed, it took two great songs from SotC and meshed them together into a pretty solid rock song, but it lacked in a few areas. The addition of the live recordings helped this song reach it's potential, and it turned out much better than I expected."
With B33J adding:
"I had just began playing this game when the WIP by Cerrax was posted in the threads, so it immediately caught my attention. When the call went out for a bassist, I really wanted to contribute to the awesome power that Sixto had thrown together for the live edit WIP. Thanks to Cerrax and Sixto for allowing me the opportunity to contribute to such an incredible song and my first contribution to OCR."
This mix is an instant classic, so it's cool that it involved so many newcomers. The combination of solid rock, screaming guitars, viola, and a live bass all add up to a very good time, but Cerrax's arrangement is what brings these components together, and it does a great job of capitalizing on the strengths of having such an arsenal of talented musicians participating. It takes two source songs and combines them seamlessly - I honestly don't think you could tell there were multiple inputs simply from observing this output - and everything sits just right. Shariq says:
"WHOA! Viola + rock = win. I love everything about this mix. Wonderfully mixed, wonderfully performed, and the arrangement just takes two great songs and integrates them seamlessly."
This is a fantastic homage to the most excellent soundtrack from a very original game, and deserves some serious attention and repeat listening - Xmas comes early, at least for those hoping Santa will bring them kickass rock SotC ReMixes.
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