ReMix: Doom "Asphyxiated Soul"
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I'm writing this live from the first ScrewAttack Gaming Convention, which has had an awesome first day - of its first year - that should continue long into the night. Larry and I finally got to meet Rey Jimenez, ex-judge Israfel (and sister), Bladiator, and plenty of other awesome folk in person, in addition to rocking some HDR action. Good times. So, since we're in an upbeat mood, I figured I'd post a calming, soothing, happy-go-lucky ReMix of... Doom. Actually, it's none of those things. Jesse Higginson - alias Kadmium - has a dark, dark debut mix that he's revised and resubbed, polished and honed, into a sinister alchemy that is truly... well, dark. It's dark, okay? If you're feeling positive about life and are in a mood to cuddle with puppies and/or babies in fields of soft, pastel flowers, or other permutations of warm fuzzies, this'll snap you right out of that, toot sweet. Jesse writes:
"Asphyxiated Soul was the first video game remix I ever did, back in 2004, I believe. It was probably my most popular remix and I had the idea recently to re-record it (as the production on the original was so bad I couldn't listen to it.) The choruses are gritty, and while I think the production's decent enough, the guitar sound is intentionally grating and dissonant (although that chord progression was never going to be nice). The overall effect of the song is supposed to be disturbing, consistent with the tone of the game."
Judges had some critical feedback and looked forward to resubmission, which Kadmium sent in and which you now see before you; he sums up the changes:
- New guitar sound (still nasty, in a different kind of way)
- New bass sound
- Thicker drum sound
- Thicker vocal sound in second verse
- Thicker mastering
- Those silly vocal samples in the intro are gone
- Intro is more ominous sounding"
With the thickness... Jesse definitely delivers on this laundry list of improvements, and I must say, the sheer atmosphere he creates is so menacing, so oppressive (in a good way), so... thick... that it really does put me in the environment the game's narrative envisions. Andy writes:
"I absolutely love the vibe here. Dark, whispering/speaking/growling vocals that aren't corny?! Awesome! You really pulled that off well. The head-skinning/decapitation thing is over the top, but in a good way (stylistically.) Also, I'm glad you didn't rely on just standard metal instrumentation for this, but skillfully filled out the texture."
Yeah. Check that bolded text, why don't you? Not for the meek - children, people with heart conditions, etc. - you know the drill. When it comes down to it, it's not hard to write lyrics that are disturbing on some level, but to do so in a way that is musically/artistically cohesive is another story entirely. Most of the first minute is spent setting the stage with held choral pads and weather fx. Guitar work breaks that down, but then drops out into the truly sinister spoken word juxtaposition that isn't just shock for shock value, but is truly powerful. I might just be old (okay, fine I *am* old), but I'm not a huge fan of the whole deep-throated screamed vocals - generally speaking. However, they make utter sense here, as this essentially sounds like.... well, music from hell. In Perdito Street Station there's this unforgettable scene that involves human communication with an "Ambassador to Hell" - I won't ruin it for you, you need to read the book, but this song instantly conjures that scene for me: a very visceral, tangible channeling. If you know the book and the scene, that's all I need to say, otherwise read the book, but either way, check this mix out for something very, very different. Dark, thick, and utterly uncompromising, unrepentant evil from Kadmium.
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