ReMix: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 'The Accursed Seal'
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Hey, you know what? It's actually been awhile since we posted our last SixtoMix! Mr. Medrano originally burst onto the scene (vibe), frets flying, with a wicked Castlevania mix wayyyyy back in.... 2005. Four years and sixteen mixes later, he's coming back to revisit the Belmont family once again, and hell's comin' with him. This time it's Simon's Quest, our first arrangement in 2009; Juan writes:
"Been working on this remix for a few months now. Simple rock mix with loud guitars, drums...loud everything, really. This is the second time I've used a B4 organ on a Castlevania track. Just seems to fit so well. Nothing really special to say about this mix. Hope you enj..."
...Sorry Juan, I'mma let you finish, but 'Bloody Tears' already had like, a zillion arrangements...my Socket ReMix is one of the best mixes of ALL TIME! ...Ahh, KanyeMeme...I feel you fading in our hearts already, your precious time so sweetly ephemeral. But I digress: Like the man says, it's rock, it's Castlevania II, and it's LOUD. You need an instruction manual or something? I'm not gonna John Madden this mix, because it's basically everything you'd expect: driving beats, organ riffs, and plenty of meaty guitar. I did notice a different, phaserish effect on Juan's lead that gave things a somewhat different sound, I loved the harmonies he added, and the delayed piano arpeggios do a good job of transitioning into the arrangement's second half breakdown... after which the face-melting, Guitar Hero moment at 3'07" is a beautiful, cathartic release. Easy to love; more great stuff from Juan.
I just feel that there's a lot more that could be done with it. Nice work all the same though.
- Mirby on December 26, 2011
This one doesn't really grab me as much as Sixto's other mixes but it's still a great take on a very-much-over-remixed theme. The writing on the organ and the piano is a bit generic in contrast with the flourishing guitar/bass, and I would have liked to hear a distinct organ solo, but the guitar at the end was enough to satisfy my tastes :-) This one passed under my radar when it was first posted but I think it's growing on me, even if it is pretty simple and straightforward.
- Emunator on December 21, 2009
himurajubei;600871 wrote: The only thing better would be if The Shinto Six teamed up with goat on a Castlevania mega mix.
this would be superb.
Call it 'double shot' for the two axes.
- madmallard on October 10, 2009
I especially love the drums. They drive the rhythm perfectly with a healthy double kick but without needless over-complication.
- himurajubei on October 6, 2009
Yeah, I don't need to say anything else. :D
- LuketheXjesse on October 5, 2009
Not too hot on the phase effect from 0:38 onwards, though. Just not my cup of tea; it makes the guitar quite annoying.
- Martin Penwald on October 5, 2009
Well needless to say, this mix delivered on that anticipation, in one of the most recognizable Castlevania source tunes no less. It may have been done and done some more, but like Super Metroid's Brinstar Red Soil Swamp area, it's not such a bad thing.
Though I obviously love the guitar work, I think what really brings this one home for me is the organs, another key Castlevania instrument. It sounds like it belongs in the trailer for a future CV game, and really, what could be a better compliment than that.
- ZealPath on September 30, 2009
Thanks for delivering another super remix!
- jintoreedwine on September 28, 2009
- metalsnakejuice on September 27, 2009
Keep up the great work!
- MechaFone on September 26, 2009
Arrangement is great though, nice solo, good breakdowns, and well balanced between the aggressive and the laid back. The rhythm changeups in a few sections give the melody that has been almost rocked to death in a million arrangements a chance to do something new, and it works very well.
Very rocking, as Sixto does best. :-)
- OA on September 24, 2009
I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this song, especially the lead and piano. I don't think the drums were too loud either. I also adore how this track eventually sounds scary. This has got to be my favorite OC ReMix by you. Kudos.
- JaDE ARaN HaRuNo on September 24, 2009
- LuigiFan on September 21, 2009
That being said, I feel this song is pretty average for Sixto... meaning that it's f$%#ing awesome, but not his best. Not sure why I feel that way. Maybe it's the overused source (which would be weird, because I love the source), maybe it's something else. Can't quite put my finger on it, though I'd bet it's more of a personal taste thing than a quality issue.
Still, this is damn good stuff. Looking forward to hearing what you have in store for us next.
- Sinewav on September 21, 2009
- SoulinEther on September 20, 2009