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, Motoi Sakuraba, Shinji Tamura, Takeshi Arai
- 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.
- CNash on April 21, 2009
- Mtlbro on April 11, 2009
- HeavyHorse on March 27, 2009
The arrangement was pretty nice, and there were a lot of good textures. :-)
- OA on March 11, 2009
- Rozovian on March 10, 2009
This song is excellent!
- BlackPhantom on March 9, 2009
- Sir_Downunder on March 8, 2009
- SwordBreaker on March 8, 2009
- Lucentas on March 7, 2009
- XZero on March 7, 2009
- Sixto on March 7, 2009
- Platonist on March 7, 2009
I decided to revive my long forgotten OCR account just to say that haha. I didn't find a project thread, so it had to be here.
well, first off, thank you all for the kind words. much appreaciated =)
I noticed my comments on the song page here were outdated haha. Chris and I redid the song a year after it was first finished, which I'm guessing is when I submitted it. The main difference is just the little bridge section. The wah guitar was replaced for a clean guitar and I changed my solo there.
god it has been awhile haha. This is one fine project. congrats to all!
PS: do check out Myth´s Zelos mix, it´s an awesome track and it has my wah guitar there... I guess that´s where it went haha.
- LuIzA on March 7, 2009
But seriously, still one of my favorites. Fatalize was begging to be rocked, and Luiza and Chris delivered!
- KyleJCrb on March 7, 2009
I hope to see more from you pair, you work so swiftly smooth together :D.
- MichaelTheCrow on March 7, 2009