ReMix: Chrono Trigger 'Fight for Our Future!'
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"It may be hard to believe, but I have never been a fan of Chrono Trigger the game. I remember playing it the day it came out (a friend of mine had been following it throughout the old days of magazines, and tried to get me interested), and a few times after that, but not really enjoying it much. Fast forward to well over a decade later and lo and behold, I still don't really like the game. The soundtrack, is a far different story. One of the most amazing soundtracks ever put down for a videogame -- probably the best of its era -- and it has always been near the top in my favorites list.
A year ago I did a very brief cover of the Battle theme for the May 2007 gamesarefun.com podcast, and left it at that. Ever since then I've had the urge to revisit it, and finally I did. Heavy guitars and a lead tone that I'm actually finally happy with; this is easily one of my favorites. It was recorded with my custom Ibanez RG7621 7 string guitar -- so yes if you try to learn to play it you will discover that you either need to tune down to B standard or buy a 7 string :)"
Neko's one of those peeps who spent a long time on our forums being a tad bit goofy before actually submitting, and it was actually a little surprising to see him show up all the sudden with some pretty badass tracks. He brings the heat yet again with this straight-up, no frills rock CT mix. It passed the panel conditionally first time 'round, then Justin sent us an edit that responded to some comments about volume/drums. Vinnie writes:
"Awesome arrangement, Justin. Much as I love CT's soundtrack, I was always thought the battle theme was kind of dorky. This was a really crunchy, high-energy take on the theme that really did it justice. The cameos were worked in well and they provided good contrast to the main theme. The ending was abrupt (actually, the beginning too) but that's very minor."
"I'm really impressed with Nekofrog's stuff - considering he's relatively new to remixing, I think he has a solid handle on what makes a good remix. Before I go into some of my critiques, I think that overall the interpretation here is very good. CT battle remixes are uncommon so it's nice to hear that done, and done well. Nice mix of source material, variation and original stuff."
Not much else for me to add - battle theme's not necessarily one of the killa cuts off the OST, but the whole damn score was awesome, and it's good to see someone giving the un-Schalas of the collection some love. This track doesn't really have any huge surprises or tricks up its sleeve, it's just solid, well-arranged, butt-kicking rock. Sometimes that's all you want, and in this case, that's what you get; more good stuff from NF.
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