ReMix: Chrono Trigger "...And in Her Self-Loathing and Despair, She Found Wrath" 5:14

By LuIzA

Arranging the music of one song...

"Schala's Theme"

Primary Game: Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2010-02-12, evaluated by djpretzel


LuIzA writes:

"I'm proud to present my latest work. A Schala remix, no less. Despite the overflow of Schala mixes everywhere, I decided to take this theme on a different direction: Metalcore. The idea was born when I had just gotten Chrono Trigger DS and was listening to a lot of metalcore music... bands like Evergreen Terrace (a long time influence), It Dies Today and Darkest Hour.... while playing the game, I had an idea, what if I could the beautiful and celestial Schala's theme (which is also my all-time favorite game song) into something disgusting and demonic like metalcore?

I had mostly shelved the project until some time later when I started listening to Audioslave. Turned out I ended up modding my guitar with a killswitch and bought a Digitech Whammy pedal. So that means, that like any Audioslave and RATM record, even when it sounds like I'm using a synth, it's actually my new killswitch/whammy pedal combo.... plus a whole bunch of stomp boxes at other times. I just love 'em... The idea for the name came from not only the overall mood of my track, but from the character of Schala herself and what she must've felt from after she teleported our party out of the Ocean Palace until after she was assimilated from the Time Devourer. Hope you Enjoy."

Pretty cool background info; I know that many of us are jaded enough that when we see "Schala" we think "Yeah? How original..." but I never had a doubt that LuIzA would put her own unique spin on things, and she even deviated from her own style in the process. The artist's love for - and skills at using - stomp boxes definitely comes through, as you've got guitar served up half a dozen different ways, with a spastic, unpredictable, and much heavier feel than most of her other mixes; contrast with her recent OutRun mix, for example. Still plenty of wah, plenty of chugs, and plenty of technique, but this mix really runs the gauntlet of screams, rips, shreds, and soaring leads, changing tempo several times in the process. LuIzA seems to like musical relevance for her mix titles - with her last piece, the namesake Ferrari met an untimely end, and here Schala definitely finds some major-league wrath towards the mix's increasingly angry yet slower conclusion.

Great energy that lives up to the mix title and delivers 5+ minutes of mayhem - excellent to see LuIzA not only making great music, but trying out some new ideas in the process!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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TillyFun
on 2016-02-29 00:28:24

Nice and heavy! ^_^ And from such a delicate sounding source, too. It's great. XD

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Crulex
on 2012-07-25 09:43:09

Woo, this is a monster of a mix! This is just beats the hell out of the sound waves and it's such an amazing take on a source like this one. 2:04 to 2:45 was just plain vicious, I loved it! And to follow it up with a little lighter but still tough as nails breakdown was terrific. And that ending is a nice way to go out, with a bit slower but still hitting hard. LuIzA's stuff never gets old. Recommended by far!

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Kuolema
on 2011-05-29 19:52:39

I actually only played Chrono Trigger a few months ago, but I was able to identify almost every source just from listening to mixes from this site. Needless to say, I think this song is very good. My favorite version of Schala's theme I think!

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LuIzA
on 2011-05-05 14:48:37

A remastered version in on my YouTube Channel. check it out!

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Rozovian
on 2010-05-28 06:41:40

While the rest of the track is "only" great, the 0:20-31 is nothing short of stellar. Was haunting me for weeks, when I was at work, when I was outdoors, when I was in town; it just started playing in my head. If that's not a sign of success, I don't know what is. :D

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jumpalexei
on 2010-05-10 20:57:22

I first played this game when it first came out and I still remember how good the soundtrack is. Schala's Theme is one of my favourite tracks and this mix is kick-ass.

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Martin Penwald
on 2010-03-10 06:58:54

I like how varied the remix is. As has been said before, the individual parts are rather short, but they're long enough to appreciate them, and the frequent changes make this remix a blast to listen to.

Furthermore, I like the sound of the guitars. Right up my alley.

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KyleJCrb
on 2010-02-24 20:23:35

Taking into account medleys with Chrono Cross and other games, yes it is. Just by itself though, it's only the 93rd.

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LuIzA
on 2010-02-24 18:29:15
also, i love how the lead guitar somewhat feels like it's in the background. :nicework:

sidenote:

did anyone else notice that this is the 100:th chrono trigger remix on the site? ^^

that was intentional actually. I was hoping placing the lead a little to the back would draw attention to the rhythm guitars.

sidenote: it is??

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Platonist
on 2010-02-24 17:04:22

this mix is full-on bad-ass! you've come a really long way LuIzA, i've always loved your remixes, and this one is no exception.

Great programming and guitarplay! Top Notch. 8-)

also, i love how the lead guitar somewhat feels like it's in the background. :nicework:

sidenote:

did anyone else notice that this is the 100:th chrono trigger remix on the site? ^^

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Emunator
on 2010-02-22 11:27:46

Nice take on a great theme, you definitely tread a lot of new ground here stylistically. Everything is appropriately grungy and crunchy for the genre you chose to remix in :-)

Everything you put out there seems to be an opus in its own respect, LuIzA, and you haven't given any indication that you'll do anything but improve your craft in the future. Keep it up!

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Less Ashamed Of Self
on 2010-02-21 21:18:10

This is such a badass mix. Guys... this Brazillian chick makes better metal than most of the rest of us. Love everything about this mix.

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veeboy
on 2010-02-20 11:27:35

This is simply awesome! hehe

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Bahamut
on 2010-02-17 21:51:36

To be honest, this isn't as gritty as I was expecting from the mix writeup heh. It seems to be mixed on the more quiet side from what I can tell, which is unfortunate :-( .

As everyone else has said though, this is pretty damn creative for a Schala mix. It makes me wonder why don't more people try to take artistic liberties, instead of attempting the same hashed out versions in the same hashed out styles.

Can't wait to hear more, you've improved quite a bit from when I heard Fire Cross ~5 years back!

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Bradums
on 2010-02-16 16:25:14

Very well done. It was very drum-driven, and the guitar kept a steady tone for the theme. It gave it a metalcore sound without taking away from the melancholy nature of the song.

You should work on it some more, though. Not saying it's not a complete song, but it'd be awesome to see what else you could add to the metalcore Schala's Theme.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Schala's Theme"

Tags (3)


Genre:
Metal
Mood:
Aggressive
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar
Additional:

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Duration:
5:14

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