ReMix: Castlevania: Bloodlines 'Crimson Twilight'
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Dr. Manhattan sets his sights on the Castlevania franchise with this electrified rock/metal take on Bloodlines. Every single one of Hugo's mixes to date has rocked out, and each has been not only from a different game, but a different series/franchise, so while the shreddage remains consistently face-melting, I gotta give him props for the change of scenery, spreading love to the wider world of VGM.
The arrangement professionally fuses metal/rock elements, performed brilliantly, with orchestral/gothic accompanying components that blend perfectly. It sounds like a track off a professional arrange album, and then takes it up a notch from there with the introduction of wah-wah towards the end. I'm a sucker for wah, I admit it, but it's not like it's an autopilot effect - the part & playing both need to be written to take full advantage, and they certainly are in this case. I'm glad Hugo added it, because it provided that little extra edginess & surprise that gave the whole mix more attitude and character. Sometimes a track can sound TOO polished, if that makes any sense, and while no one should EVER take awesome, professional production & arrangement for granted, some aggression or deviation can really help drive the whole thing home. Like a stake. Through the heart. Of awesome...
Wonderful, rock-solid, completely enjoyable Castlevania Bloodlines mayhem from Dr. Manhattan... not much more I can add!
- Crulex on October 11, 2012
Seriously, this track rocks. I love it so much; fantastic job. Very enjoyable listen that remains faithful to the source in the conservative parts and rocks the fuck out in the liberal ones. :D
- Mirby on December 25, 2011
So the arrangement typically follows the source closely, but with some nice expressive guitar work and some sweet organ/string/drum work being thrown in to compliment the setting as well as a sweet transition at 1:45 it manages to show its expansions. And I got to admit the calm at 2:40 before leading into that [i]insane[/i] wah solo was icing on the cake to me - showing a lot of Dr M's colors of a player. So we basically have an arrangement that generally has a straightforward approach but really starts diving into Dr M's character around it. Neat work.
I can't however leave this with a little criticism. I don't know if it's me though, but I can't help but notice some over-compression on the track somewhere. I think it's more noticeable on the rhythm guitars; often when they're making a presence they seem to push the mix down slightly uncomfortably.
But there is at least a plus to come out of it though - no MIDI trumpets this time :razz:
All in all, a very enjoyable track for me; be sure to keep rocking the Dwelling of Duels and sub to here every now and again; I've been quite a fan of yours over the past several years and I'm glad you're there to keep delivering :D
- Rexy on December 8, 2011
Breakdown around 2:40 is awesome; the guitar has a very Queen-ish sound to it.
- Martin Penwald on June 21, 2011
DrManhattan as best as always
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