While the pseudonym "AlteredBeats" might suggest electronica and the mix title's "Bolero" conjures a Latin vibe, this Mega Man 9 ReMix from newcomer Anders Holmdahl is actually prog metal, and I'm personally loving that. The artist writes:
"This is my first remix submitted to you guys. I've been wanting to do something for a while now and this song seemed like a good choice for several reasons. First and foremost, I just love the original; it's probably the best song from MM9, which by the way has awesome music overall. Second, it seemed to fit the style I wanted to achieve, and lastly MM9 has, to my knowledge, never been remixed on the site.
My interpretation is basically a progressive metal-type mix, the instrumentation is inspired by Dream Theater and others. I used an old 6-string Jackson in baritone tuning for the rhythm guitars and regular tuned Fender and Jackson for lead parts/embellishments. Drums are Superior Drummer and bass is recorded on a Line 6 bass. Various synths and sampled sounds. I even fooled around with my iPhone and the improvised lead in the middle is recorded using the ThumbJam app straight into Logic with a few effects."
Of course, as we now know, Andy beat him to the punch by just a hair with the first MM9 mix, of the same source in fact, but this is still our first MM9 *METAL* mix, and besides that, it's rockin' - awesome energy, variety, dexterity, and some searing synth solos make for a very strong debut! Larry writes:
"...this was a great example of rocking out a source in a pretty conservative way structurally but completely personalizing the arrangement and making it yours with new part writing and expressive performances, and cool bends and grace notes with the main melody to add some flavor. Strong stuff. The piano at 2:58 will throw some people off, but it was an interesting touch just to make sure you're still paying attention. Awesome first sub, Anders! Keep 'em coming!"
...I'm djpretzel, and I endorse the increased piano usage towards the end... It's progressive metal, so it's got carte blanche to seek out new instrumentation and boldly... progress... where no metal has progressed before. More or less. Trek refs aside, great, energetic debut from AlteredBeats - hopefully the first of many!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man 9 (Capcom, 2008, WII)
Music by Hiroki Isogai, Ippo Yamada, Ryo Kawakami, Yu Shimoda
- "Thunder Tornado (Tornado Man Stage)"
- Electric Guitar, Piano, Synth
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- Size: 5,466,220 bytes
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