Posted 2009-10-31, evaluated by djpretzel
OverClocked ReMix & Joshua Morse are proud to present Castlevania: Sonata of the Damned, a seven-track album of Castlevania mixes he put togther that we're releasing as a special Halloween surprise! I know we just released Humans + Gears, and it's odd to see our 16th album coming so soon afterwards, but jm's been working on this for months and today just seemed like the perfect day to spring it on everyone! While it's technically far funkier than it is spooky, the vampiric source material and infectious grooves are sure to get your Halloween thumpin' and bumpin' in a gothic, whip-smackin', toe-tappin' manner. Mr. Morse writes:
"From Kinuyo Yamashita to Michiru Yamane, the composers of this series have done a spectacular job in conveying the demonic atmosphere that Dracula and his minions convey, and I can only hope that I've done their work justice with my own."
Grab the torrent and get your CV on, ASAP! We've got three mixes from the album for you tonight, which represents almost half of the whole thing, but they're all classic jm-quality grooves. Plus, we're posting them in chronological game release order... easy as 1, 2, 3... and starting things off with this arrangement of 'Vampire Killer' from the original NES classic. The artist again writes:
"I actually had an initial version of this arrangement ready to go for my previous Halloween project, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - Resurrection</shameless-plug>. However, posu yan busted out the gates with 'garlic', which completely blew me away (in every sense of the phrase). I felt as if 2 vampire killer tracks on a single collection might have been overkill, so I saved it for such an occasion."
I did a final run-through of the album files this morning and noticed some distortion due to the large amount of upper frequencies & overtones in the bell pad intro, and there was a moment of panic, but Joshua actually managed to get the track remastered in time for us to still manage a Halloween release, so that rocked. And so does the mix itself... a rubbery, watery, funky groove, complete with retro disco strings, requisite organ bits, jamtastic harpsichord, and... synth brass? If the Belmont family gate-crashed Dracula's party at Studio 54, this is what it'd sound like. Breaks and transitions here are quite playful, and the artist strays from a cleaner sound into using some grittier, period textures. There's of course a plethora of tasty solos, varied instrumentation, and oodles of syncopation. Hell, just check the temporary transition into - and promptly out of - a military/colonial snare cadence, circa 3'05" - great stuff. Joshua Morse + Castlevania + Halloween 2009 = Castlevania: Sonata of the Damned!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Castlevania (Konami, 1986, NES)
Music by Kinuyo Yamashita, Satoe Terashima
- "Vampire Killer (Breaking Into the Castle BGM)"
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