ReMix: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals 'The Very End'
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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.
And the only real gripe I have is the cymbals crash too much for me, but hell, combine it with the overall track and it fits anyways. So it's nothing but a trivial thing.
- alrubedo on May 20, 2013
- Crulex on May 1, 2012
Definitely my favorite Neko mix here :-D
- Emunator on December 11, 2010
...one of which is from Lufia 1 and 2 called "The Very End". It's nothing like anything I've done before or since; it's a mellow symphonic rock piece that to this day is still my favorite.
So he said in [URL="http://metakirby.110mb.com/index.php?p=1_2_Current-Article"]our interview[/URL]... and I can see why he likes it. I love this track! Great work, Nekofrog!! Can't wait to hear more.
It's beautiful and haunting, with the same level of polish and finesse as his other tracks. A definite winner... This is a must-listen, must-download!
- Mirby on November 21, 2010
I would say for the year but its been an incredible year with "Electrodispenser" and "Lonely Waltz" and many more, but I would put this in my faves for the year.
10 out of 10!
- ddavis1979 on October 9, 2010
- Nekofrog on September 23, 2010
The fade-out is weak, though. A piece called "The very end" shouldn't just peter out.
- Martin Penwald on September 23, 2010
- Jevedor on September 21, 2010
I'm a huge fan of the Lufia series. I even sat through the bad graphics of the Gameboy Color's Lufia 3, and the horrible fail that was Lufia 4: Ruins of Lore just for my love of the first two games. So I'm ALWAYS happy to see more remixes from this series. Always.
This remix in particular grabs my interest. It's not so mellow that it's background music, but it's not so heavy that it gives you an adrenaline rush just by listening. Personally, that sort of mid-way on a very emotional source works perfectly.
As for those who have not played the Lufia games, try them. You'll never regret it. They are easily the best of the best RPGs for the Super Nintendo. Arguably better though less popular than the ever-loved Chrono Trigger. Lufia 1 and 2 are for the SNES, so I'd at least try those. Also, if you're new to the series, as odd as this may sound, play Lufia 2 first, because it's a prequel to Lufia 1 and makes more sense that way o.O
Anyway, amazing mix. Hope to hear even more from you.
- Vandril on September 18, 2010
- Chernabogue on September 18, 2010
- Janus83 on September 18, 2010
- Shhteve on September 17, 2010
There is much emotions in this song (the original and remix) and I keep seeing the ending in my head (one of the rare sad ending in a game!) while listening to this...
Great work, I'll keep this song preciously with me as it's well done and also because, sadly, Lufia is rarely remixed..
- YoshMaster on September 16, 2010
- DragonAvenger on September 16, 2010
Good job Froggy!
- Deathtank on September 16, 2010