Posted 2010-09-15, evaluated by djpretzel
Oh hey, remember that Nekofrog fellow who kept popping up last year, with four mixes posted? Well, he up and done joined the military, which probably explains at least a little why he's been less omnipresent this year. Justin writes:
"I had made several attempts at doing something with Lufia, all of them metal remixes of various battle themes throughout the series. While they were good, they never really clicked with me, so I shelved them. I still had a nagging urge to revisit Lufia material (that nagging urge being Arek the Absolute on OCR's forums), and the instant I started playing the clean opening notes, I knew I had something. Originally planned to feature the vocal talents of starla and drumultima, I simply could not write lyrics that didn't ruin the song due to sheer cheesiness, so I scrapped that idea. Doug still contributes to the mix in the form of a line of spoken dialogue near the end, encompassing Maxim's thoughts and feelings as he comforts a dying Selan, their fates sealed as the floating island crashes ("Just rest; I'll hold you till the very end. I promise.") Ultimately, my goal was to prove to myself that I wasn't stuck in one genre (metal), and that I could branch out into something more melodical and slower-paced. Hopefully I'll be able to revisit the more mellow-approach I took here with something else."
"Mellow" is really a relative term; this might be more laid back compared to Justin's other stuff, but the drums are still pretty meaty (kick might be a bit TOO thick), the guitars still have some edge to them, and there's still attitude. Things open with a cleaner pattern/progression, but the drum entrance alone lets you know it's gonna get at least a bit heavier. Lufia 2 really lends itself to this specific genre; sort of a rock ballad, but with balls. I mixed one of the source tracks here with super-fakey gigasampled lead guitar way back in 2001, and it's nice to hear it done up proper with a legit lead guit, in a fashion that blends in additional sources to form a coherent arrangement.
I don't hate fadeout endings like some people, and think that in certain instances they work, but this one probably should have had a longer tail and exponential decay, as the very end of 'The Very End' (get it?) is a bit abrupt. Other than that, Neko staves off any cries of "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" and reminds us all how great his five previous mixes were while at the same time coloring outside those lines a bit and giving us something new. Gotta love it - solid concept, strong integration of themes, and great execution = our first Lufia mix this year, and a hot one.
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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Natsume, 1995, SNES)
Music by Yasunori Shiono
- "Battle #3"
"The Final Battle"
- Electric Guitar
- 5,264,720 bytes
- Size: 5,264,720 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: a910be0bae0c007a1d4e50f42a0bd0bb
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