ReMix: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse "Madd Forest" 4:56

By Joshua Morse

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funk synth
Arranging the music of one song...

"Mad Forest (Forest Stage)"

Primary Game: Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, 1990, NES), music by Jun Funahashi, Yoshinori Sasaki, Yukie Morimoto

Posted 2009-10-31, evaluated by djpretzel

Last but not least, to round out your Halloween evenings with a full three-course dinner of Castlevania, Mr. Morse brings us some CV3 action. Unlike the previous tracks, which are CV musical staples, this track isn't quite as well-known, though it's still a killer, recognizable cut. jm writes:

"This track was done for my good friend Richter. It definitely was a win-win arranging this track for him since we both were in love with both Castlevania 3's music, and each other (only the former is true, or so I think). So, here's to you, Richter! I really hope you enjoy it (and the cumshot)!"

Ahem; nothing goes hand-in-hand like Castlevania 3 and a healthy dose of manlove, it would seem. Straight funk jam this one is, uptempo with a slick, sliding, booty-groovin' bass, some vinyl scratchin', piano, EP, organ, and tons of synth. Morse really likes diversity in his keys, and I love how he gives each component at least a little time in the spotlight. This arrangement's got more edges to it, and the synth solo at 2'42", that enters brazenly with a pitch-bend then proceeds to kick everyone's ass, is fantastic. Another great track - that's three for three, if you're counting - from a great album. May only have seven tracks, but when every track's this good, it's a great piece of work. Check out Castlevania: Sonata of the Damned, and enjoy your Halloween with funk, flavor, and style!


Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2012-05-16 22:40:47

Pretty funktastic. I thought some of the instruments sounded a bit hollow at times, like I might hear in an elevator. Definitely groovy and with a lot of interesting things to catch the ear; overall a decent take on a classic.

on 2012-04-12 10:31:50

Piano, organ, hot-beat bass and vinyl scratching in one ReMix? Yes! I think it'd be a bit redundant to say why I love Morse's style of work at this point, but the man is the master of funk and groove. Damn good mix and a wonderful album.

on 2010-09-26 11:16:56

Absolutely love it. Nothin' more to say.

Holy Land
on 2010-09-26 10:24:28

I am a fan of the source, too bad it isn't as popular in the remixing scene as some other classic Castlevania compositions. I mean, so far only ONE remix here? :-(

Fortunately, this mix is a good interpretation of the theme.

on 2009-12-23 11:32:19

This mix has such wonderful textures. There's just so much energy and speed here that one can't get bored with it; there's just way too much going on here. Also this, I dunno, just has a wonderfully rainy forest atmosphere to it, somehow... lol.

This is definitely one of my favorites from SotD and some of Morse's best work.

on 2009-12-10 22:26:29

Extra notes since my album review: I get a lot of mileage out of this mix thanks to the wild solos, danceability, and mood-swinging goodness. I even heard this in a dream earlier this month. :D

Personal favorite of Sonata of the Damned.

on 2009-11-10 14:59:57

I'm groovin'.

I have always enjoyed this source track, even though it often gets overshadowed by the other songs on the soundtrack, and it is really funked up here, to a pretty nice effect. The counter melodies and comping are very catchy, and the percussion is excellent. Great breakdown section, and the solos take it to the next level. Extra props for the Steve Winwood style synth lead.

Great stuff.

on 2009-11-06 06:47:35

This is so damn catchy:razz:

on 2009-11-05 20:16:50

Ahhhhhhhh, another great mix! I really love 1:07 to 1:21. That is definitely my favorite section.

on 2009-11-04 10:15:00

Yet another interesting take - JM is just full of gold!

I find this one tough to really delve into the details of though, as the song shifts quite a bit, from the latin jazz intro to the more upbeat main progression. The main melody is used in smaller portions throughout the song, but each of those small portions are used according to the style very well.

on 2009-11-03 03:28:24


on 2009-11-02 21:19:24

I'm all out of any praise I could give after reviewing the other two tracks. Awesome work, and more people should be reviewing this.

on 2009-11-02 08:00:30

*scraps Mad Forest demo* THANKS. :(

on 2009-11-01 22:27:31

I am so lusting after this man right now.

on 2009-11-01 15:15:10

This is my favorite song on the album, the interwoven pianos really hit the spot :-D

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Konami, 1990, NES)
Music by Jun Funahashi, Yoshinori Sasaki, Yukie Morimoto
"Mad Forest (Forest Stage)"

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