ReMix: Pokémon Red Version "Battle for the Badge"
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The Missingno Flood continues! Cain's here to rock us like a hurricane, or at least a tropical storm with ambition, arranging Pokémon Red:
"When I auditioned for this track on the project I didn't even have the program I made it in, and it's taken me something ridiculous like 6 months to actually finish to the point where I was happy with it. It's one of those tracks you just kept going back to and giving it a complete haul over, then decided you preferred it the old way.
Anyway, about the track: It's a rawk mix, with the crazy (very hard to double) guitar tapping and the fast drums and the weird break down solo. All the lead guitars have been triple tracked for added oomph."
Fishy should really trademark "Triple Tracked... For Added Oomph!!" and just use that as his personal catchphrase... even in situations completely unrelated to music. This is more of a classic rock vibe; while it gets heavy at points, it's got a nice melodic emphasis, some proggish synth textures, and tones it down a bit for the ending. Larry writes:
"Oh man, this was sick. Definitely something Duelling of Duels-worthy in terms of great energy and performance skill. Good original writing for the intro up to :15. Compared to how thin the source tune was, there was a lot of expansion with the part-writing to supplement the verbatim melody. Nice usage of the machine-gun drums from 1:07-1:17; someone finally gets it right once in a while. I also loved the constant changes in the percussion writing; added great dynamics and evolution to the piece. Definitely weren't resting on your laurels there."
Reminded me at times of The Who, and Mr. Tamer is dead on about the drums - really excellent work, there. And this was submitted all the way back in 2007! The swift-recovering zircon, who cannot be kept down by mere physical ailments, adds:
"The overall mastering could be hotter as well. However, I think these minor issues are overshadowed by the high quality arrangement and generally strong production values. I liked the original additions and the thematic variation. The structure of the song flows well and there is high energy throughout without being overly repetitive. I'm impressed; good job."
Fishy's got his own style going, and because it's channeling a more 70's aesthetic, I'm a huge fan. Great addition to the Missingno lineup!
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