ReMix: Tales of Symphonia 'Strike of the Devil's Axes'
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- Game: Tales of Symphonia (Namco, 2004, GCN)
- ReMixer(s): CarboHydroM, LuIzA
- Composer(s): Daisuke Suzuki, Mitsuru Igarashi, Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Takeshi Arai, day after tomorrow
- Song(s): Fatalize
- Posted: 2009-03-07, evaluated by the judges
- Album: Featured on Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia
If your face was only PARTIALLY melted off by the previous Sixto mix, LuIzA and CarboHydroM are here to finish the job. This is fortuitous, because a partially melted face is asymmetrical and aesthetically unpleasing. Ms. Carvalho lays out the who-did-whats:
"me (LuIzA) - left lead guitar, right rhythm guitar, wah guitar, phased guitar(bridge), bass. mixing/mastering. Carbo - right lead guitar, left rhythm guitar, ambient guitar(bridge), drum sequencing."
That's a lot of guitar. This one's from the OTHER primary Tales on the album, Symphonia, and is our first posted arrangement from its score. Oh yes, before I forget, please help us spread the news about SoS by digging our announcement - it takes a second if you're already registered and only 30 or so if you're not. We wouldn't ask if we didn't actually need everyone to chip in; it really helps! This one's earthier and more barebones compared to Juan's synth-laden 80's style rock... almost punkish, which isn't surprising given Luiza's submission comments:
"we changed lead guitar places on the bridge, btw, there's a change up on how(ambient/phased) rhythm guitars worked there, so just to add a little more taste hehe. this song was amazingly fun to do, the arrangement came out nice and varied, both fitting our styles very well. we're both punk rock fans, so I figured we just had to work together for this song hehe.(interestingly too, it's the second time he's worked with a brazilian in a remix.. only with a girl, this time)"
Particularly with the drums, which are less meaty and more about rapid attacks, this track's got a thinner, leaner, but still very aggressive sound to it. Judges actually took a brief look at this wayyyy back in 2006, but aside from some minor panning comments, everyone was down with the sickness. Andy wrote:
"Solid stuff; the production is good, the performance is great, arrangement is well-done. I like the drums a lot, and the mixing between the different parts is excellent. The variation during and after the middle section is welcome. I really don't have any complaints here..."
Larry added that it was "great to see LuIzA finally make her OCR debut" - little he did he know the track would be held for safekeeping another three years before seeing the light of day, and that she would actually debut with her rather legendary non-collab FF 'Fire Cross' mix. You'll really wanna check that one out if for some highly suspicious reason you haven't yet, as it's got the same combination of raw power merged with technique. Original track being arranged is 'Fatalize,' but damn if 'Strike of the Devil's Axes' doesn't sound particularly baller as a mix title. As the children say. Awesome energy, awesome arrangement, and another great guitar-centric collab from Summoning of Spirits. There's more where these came from, guitar and otherwise, so Digg, seed, discuss, and enjoy.
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