ReMix: God of War 'Wrath Industrial'
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Of all the tracks on HvV, I was probably most surprised by Kunal's, specifically because it landed outside of the style/aesthetic I'm used to hearing from him, which I'd categorize as more of a prog/funk/jazz vibe. I really loved his Symphony of the Night mix from 2010 as a great example of what I'm talking about, in particular. This God of War Zeus mix, which paired up against Brandon's already-posted take on Kratos, is full of huge, churning drums, a variety of synth textures, impeccable orchestral elements, and some surprising transitions. Electric guitar has a stormy, detached presence that comes out more towards the conclusion. "Industrial" might often suggest a slightly harder edge, and more uniformly electronic instrumentation, but I love the variety & character ktriton's infused into this piece, and the diverse palette is a big part of that. He writes:
"When I was issued the challenge to take on the famous God of War themes (Kratos and Zeus), I knew I was fighting with fire. Gerard Marino, Cris Velasco and co. did an amazing job creating a rich, strong, but nuanced score. 'Wrath Divine' was a tough challenge to take on and it took me a few different tries before I landed on a direction that I liked. I decided to take those ancient melodies used to battle Zeus and make them as industrial as possible. The result is a hybrid form that pulls from many influences. I think Brandon did a fantastic job with the legendary Kratos theme! Mine ended up being less 'metal' than I had intended, but I think ended up being a fun mix in the end."
I think so, too; however you want to categorize it, this mix has a lot to offer, is simultaneously unpreditacble yet coherent, and showed a different side of the artist on an album that was replete with standout tracks.
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It starts out quite safe with the familiar taiko drums and string parts that consisted of the source, though hearing the soundscape change with the addition of all the industrial percussion and synth parts, it comes off as a great way to re-envision the track and take this direction that's distinct to Brandon's - while he provided the progressive, dangerous and adventurous route, this however managed to hint in this radio-friendlier, steadier and "divine" approach to the source.
Admittedly I fell in love with the clean guitar/synth pad breakdown at 1:47 - it complimented the genre quite well, plus it managed to serve as a great bridge between that and the symphonic re-introductions near the end. Another thing I enjoyed was the sheer production values brought towards the organic instruments, with due attention being paid on the taikos; it's hard to get them portrayed as clear as the real thing, but as a professional in the music scene I can really understood that Kunal has a kean eye in emphasizing even the minor details.
Very enjoyable work from Kunal, and in my honest opinion one of his best works to date. I hope to see him keep up his progression in the scene and keep contributing to the community within the near future :)
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