ReMix: Final Fantasy VII "Yet Even More Fighting" 3:24

By Kidd Cabbage

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electric-guitar rock synth
Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Crazy Motorcycle", "Opening - Bombing Mission"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2008-03-26, evaluated by the judges panel


An FF7 mix... NOT from Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream?! Not that we won't see more from said uber-project, and not that I don't enjoy posting each submission we received off of it, but it's a little refreshing to see coverage of the game from other corners of the intarwebs. In this case, it's all the better, since this is the first submission from Jonathan Peros, alias Kidd Cabbage. That pseudonym is always going to make me think of the cabbage head sketch from The Kids in the Hall, but there's no doubt that Mr. Peros can rock in his own right. He writes:

"I started a game of FF7 pretty recently, and for some of the songs, just thought, "I could make some of these songs pretty rocking." It's a pretty hectic mix done heavy metal, that medlies a handful of my favorite songs from FF7, and I think they transitioned stylistically pretty well. The mix was actually done in a pretty short amount of time compared to some of my older mixes, especially the mixing process - switched to a new drumkit that I'm very happy with. The song is titled "Yet Even More Fighting", and if you're familiar with the soundtrack names, you'll get the joke. I hope you guys enjoy the song, and any comments are very gladly accepted."

It's hectic, but it's tight, and there's generous helpings of soloing to balance the headbanging bits in between. Honestly, every time I listen to this mix, it's amazing to me that it's less than three and a half minutes long, because it feels like six - in a good way. Perhaps because of the aggressive tempo, formidable amount of breaks, fills, and other embellishments, or perhaps because of the sheer number of notes, this mix feels like it's kicking your ass for almost twice as long as it actually is. There's creative use of synths, especially with almost vinyl-sounding scratching effects (0'49"), some of the guitar articulations are borderline surf-rock in terms of rapidity (1'07"), and there's appropriate use and variation of FX on all the guitars. Plus there's bits like 2'50" where even straight-edged, mild-mannered CPAs would be hard-pressed not to headbang... or at least gently rock their noggins back and forth in a way that vaguely resembles as such. Aversa writes:

"Despite having run an entire FF7 project, I can still appreciate the arrangement ideas here. Very nice integration of all the different themes, excellent performances, original additions, and so forth and so on. Much like norg and SnappleMan's "Full Frontal Assault" from the VotL project, this remix is an excellent example of how you can do a high-octane rock/metal track while not being coverish at all."

Vinnie adds:

"Nice energy here! It's a pretty in-your-face mix, and the adaptations of the songs are all different. Restless is a good word for this mix, because it barely stays on any one part for more than ten seconds. I don't mean that in a negative sense though - one still gets the feeling of direction."

This is an awesome rock/metal mix that - even in a very restless, hectic, and aggressive way - manages to get the details right, especially with regards to quick breaks, fills, and transitions. The production is over-the-top, but the intricacies of the rather impressive playing still come through. Hopefully KC will be able to make some more shorter mixes like these (some of his others are prohibitively lengthy) and submit them here, as if this debut mix is any indication, they probably kick serious ass. Great stuff.

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Kidd Cabbage
on 2010-02-17 18:54:13
there wasn't really much of Bombing Mission, if at all :/ maybe this has not been labeled properly?

Just posting a little late, since I've gotten this response a few times. "Bombing Mission" is the ending section of the song. I changed the time from triplets to a gallop, so it's a little harder to hear it out, but that's it - the 'headbanging' section at the end.

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Fuertecondor
on 2009-12-01 06:57:38

Hurry Faster and Crazy Motorcycle.

Great Song!!!

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Chestnut Dreamer
on 2009-10-27 13:15:59

oooh, I like. I'm listening to this for the first time, it's 4:13am in the morning and although my brain is mostly dead I'm nodding my head and tapping my feet and damn this is catchy. It makes me want to choreograph a motorbike chase scene for a movie JUST to suit this music.

I picked up 'Hurry Faster', 'Fighting', 'Crazy Motorcycle'... there wasn't really much of Bombing Mission, if at all :/ maybe this has not been labeled properly?

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Marmiduke
on 2009-05-02 10:34:23

Verrrrrry nice Cabbage shreddage.

Varied, frenetic, thrashy. A real good time while it lasts.

The ending is bound to leave people tilting their heads mid-thrash, thinking "Wtf? Who turned the music off?", and for that reason I find it humorous. But for the intent of the music, it just concludes the mix with a big resounding "meh". It's a shame, because as I said, the insanity of it is very entertaining and fulfilling. There is plenty of attention given to the hardcore elements of this mix, like the arrangement and the performance, but not enough given to the basics.

Still, this is an impressive debut, especially since it was required to hold its own during a flood of FF7 mixes. Glad to see it's still as strong as ever.

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muzikman
on 2008-08-30 20:54:51

but you ended it it in the absolute worst way possible. You could have just ended on a power chord on the tonic, or even looped that last bit and faded out (yes even that really would have been better)

I see what you tried to do with unresolved ending to fit with the hectic feel of the arrangement, but it just didn't work

The rest of the piece though.., Amazing...

The best final fantasy Remix I've ever heard

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JadeAuto
on 2008-06-20 16:03:47

Like others have said, 1:26-1:27, where Crazy Motorcycle kicks in is just pure bliss. One of the most rockin' kick-butt songs I've ever heard posted here, and definitely in my top 10.

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Liontamer
on 2008-05-26 16:42:00
What an awesome colab of songs in this. Especialy the crazy motorcycle at 1:30. That is probably my favorite remix on VOTL... or the mark of a beatsmith, but anyway I digress. Your remix is something else.

It's a medley, not a collab, and it's not from VotL. :tomatoface:

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546
on 2008-05-26 15:52:51

What an awesome colab of songs in this. Especialy the crazy motorcycle at 1:30. That is probably my favorite remix on VOTL... or the mark of a beatsmith, but anyway I digress. Your remix is something else.

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Golbez
on 2008-04-26 08:43:58

Thanks for kicking the crap out of Takeharu Ishimoto (石元 丈晴)... Seriously people like you should make remixes for SE... not that Crisis Core stuff...

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Martin Penwald
on 2008-04-16 16:40:06

Loads of energy, and that's just what I like. Good work.

Furthermore, I'm echoing what was said about the scratches at the end of the first minute; nice idea there.

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KogeJoe
on 2008-04-15 07:05:36

Not a bad remix at all. Reminds me a whole lot of Dream Theatre.

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Triad Orion
on 2008-03-28 14:34:26

I do like the energy and upbeat nature of the mix. There's lots of good ideas here and clearly lots of future potiental for Kidd Cabbage. That said, the piece didn't ring with me quite as much as I'd hoped. Not to say I actively dislike it, but it's not really my thing, I guess.

With that on the field, there is a lot to say that's positive about the mix. Faithful adaptation of the source material, high energy with lots of creative takes on oft remixed songs, solid pacing, and overall good sound quality. I'd definitely recommend the piece to others, even if I wasn't a huge fan of it personally.

Good work, KC. Looking forward to seeing more.

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furymaster
on 2008-03-28 00:15:31

Wow, downright amazing! Fantastic job. Thanks for such a good mix!

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artemisjaeger
on 2008-03-27 23:39:44

I was quite pleasantly surprised with this. Not my sort of thing, but it was done well enough that I didn't quite care. The synth part is killer.

Besides, it's refreshing to hear something FF7 on this website that's NOT from Voices of the Lifestream.

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OA
on 2008-03-27 17:26:45

Absolutely killer mix. The amount of turnarounds and little mini-riffs in here is amazing. Nice original section material as well, keeps this very unique to itself, and gives a bit of a rocking breather before getting back to business.

I think some of the synths are a little too verbed, as there is the wall in front, then some distance, then synths. I think moving a few synths slightly forward would have made it all fit together even better.

Ending is a bit too abrupt, but overall this is a super ass-kicking track. I love it.

I hope your arm heals soon. We need more of your guitar. :-(

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony, 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Crazy Motorcycle"
"Opening - Bombing Mission"

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Genre:
Rock
Mood:
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Synth
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Duration:
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