ReMix: Final Fantasy V "Vessel of the Void"
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"Exdeath" sorta sounds like something a bitter ex-girlfriend wishes upon you, or vice-versa, but in this case it's FF5's villain extraordinaire. He's large, he's in charge, and he's got armor with shoulder spikes that could kill a man AND serve as shish-kebab skewers for a subsequent post-mortem BBQ. So who better to channel his vile villainosity than zircon, with some large-scale electronica warfare? Shariq writes:
"zircon really came through for me at the end with Exdeath’s theme. After going through a lot of different artists, I finally asked Andy to give me a hand and knock out a mix for Final Fantasy V’s Big Bad. What I got was nothing short of amazing; a wonderfully frantic, high energy electronic piece with wicked synths and crazy beats that really drives home that sense of looming darkness."
This theme's musical chairs definitely delayed the album's release, but I think Andy's 11th hour addition to the roster was a VERY good thing; at first I remember him compainin' cause he couldn't get into the source material, but somewhere along the line he found his groove and developed a ReMix that breathes inspiration & sweats dedication. He writes:
"Shariq asked me to join the FF5 project at the last minute to cover this track, which was the only one not completed at the time. At first, I wasn't too enthusiastic about the theme, since I never beat FF5 and didn't really spend a lot of time listening to the soundtrack. In fact, for the first week or two I spent working on the remix, I was having a very hard time thinking of anything interesting or exciting to match the ominous source. However, once I found the perfect drums, lead and chord sounds for the 'hook', everything started coming together and I got really pumped about polishing and finishing the mix!
The final sound is very dark, thick and heavy, with a pretty dissonant and distorted intro utilizing lots of FM synths. This might be the heaviest remix I've done yet with some obvious inspiration from the DNB group Pendulum as well as OC ReMixers AE and tefnek. It's so beastly that it takes about 5 full seconds to buffer before playing back the chorus - and that's exactly what a villain as evil as Exdeath deserves.
One last bit of trivia - I originally wanted to name this mix 'Deadwood', but Shariq wouldn't let me :P"
Big beats thunder under the demonic, LFO-induced vibrato of screaming leads as the large, locomotive groove plows ever-forward; it's got the scope, scale, and thrust to conjure an epic endgame quite effectively, so kudos to Andy for coming through and perservering until he found an angle that completely & totally worked.
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