ReMix: Metroid 'Cranial Syphon [Kay-raid]'
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Mr. Danimal, who Larry informs me recently celebrated a birthday, writes:
"This song is the first song Armcannon ever arranged as a whole band. Dan and Chris used to play around with this particular theme when jamming with each other before the actual inception of the band. Since it was the first track we ever collaborated on, it has a special place in our hearts and appears as the first song on our first album entitled Legvacuum. The backwards piano section at the end was a random idea that Chris recorded and ended up getting stuck on the end of the song because we liked it so much. We have been performing this song live since 2006 and can be seen being performed on youtube"
So, who the hell says video game "cover" bands can't arrange?
Certainly no one in their right mind who's heard this frenetic, electric/orchestral/chamber music public service announcement from your thoughtful friends at Armcannon. Sure, this rocks out in familiar ways that you'd expect (and love), but it's also got an ominous orchestral intro, plenty of calmer piano bits, and - most importantly - a metric ton of variation to the arrangement. There are enough arrangement ideas here to make two or three mixes that would stand on their own, and all of them are fresh and work quite well with the Kraid theme. Definitely a solid decision to keep the backwards piano bits, too; the overall production for the track is a little schizophrenic in terms of EQ/DSP/whatever, but rather than trying to compensate somehow, this unorthodox ending seems to embrace inconsistency, and stylistically this seems like a great decision to me. This isn't just a quality mix, it's a memorable mix; you get the sense that it has the "special place" Dan mentions in his submission email in the hearts and minds of those performing/arranging it. I can see how this track could be a catalyst for the formation of what eventually became Armcannon, and they should be proud to have it be so integral a part of their history. Great track.
That said, it's not -bad-. It would've been better as two (maybe three even) more cohesive tracks, but the individual components here done incredibly well. This one's going on my playlist, and I look forward to more. I just wish it weren't the mash-up it is now.
- Proven Paradox on September 29, 2009
- pogo8bit on July 15, 2009
It's very reminiscent of Stemage's Metroid Metal.
Anyways, I love it (especially the section with the concert snare)!
- Lasercat I on April 28, 2008
- Martin Penwald on April 12, 2008
If I had money to spend on CD's I'd eat up their shit so fast...great mix btw. The ending is top tier.
- Godhand_Soup on April 10, 2008
- merlinicorpus on March 19, 2008
So I listened again. And again. Like many things I find off-putting at first, I consider this ending to be one of the best endings on the site. wowowowowowow
- DrumUltimA on March 18, 2008
I love how the basses at the beginning sound so agressive, and the clean guitar playing throughout. Very deft touch, and tasteful phrasing as well. Piano used throughout was great, as were the synths, and the rock was sufficiently heavy. The reverse playing at the end was a great surprise, and overall it's pretty hard to pick nits on this one. I was rockin.
Awesome work gentlemen.
- OA on March 18, 2008
- Dafydd on March 16, 2008
- SnappleMan on March 16, 2008
Anyway! Great mix. Great talent. Now I'm going to put their CD at the top of my "Next Music to Buy" list.
- Neo_Vegeta on March 15, 2008
I have to say, this is the most creative rock/metal arrangement of Kraid I have yet to hear. How it seamlessly switches modes and instruments, like sliding right from a thrashin' synth & guitar combo into sublime piano, is just great to hear in action.
Also, the names on Leg Vacuum are simply hilarious. If you think Cranial Syphon by itself is amusing, just wait until you see it and [u]Super[/u] Cranial Syphon on the same CD. These guys have a great sense of humor. ^^
- Moguta on March 13, 2008
- burnham909 on March 13, 2008
- Robotaki on March 13, 2008
- megadave on March 13, 2008