For Neko's first posted mix of 2012, he gives us some FF8 rock/metal that starts off mellow and introspective but ends up kicking out the jams @ 1'21" and thereafter; Justin's done some great things w/ FF7, let's see how he tackles its successor:
"This one's been pretty much done for a while, but was always missing some things that kept me from submitting it. I'm still not entirely happy with it, as I had to record and mix it without anything other than a cheap $5 pair of headphones. Because of that, I'm sure there's bound to be an abundance of production issues. One of the funny things about this song is that Fishy's and my version of The Extreme share an almost identical riff somewhere in the middle; we found out completely by accident when comparing them a while back."
Strictly speaking, this might not be quite as polished from a production perspective as Justin's other stuff, but I hardly noticed, so maybe those cheap $5 headphones are where it's at, who knows. I'm certainly glad he subbed it, because while he was apparently on the fence a bit, I'm digging the arrangement. OA was, too, except for the fadeout:
"The mixing is a little rhythm guitar heavy and scooped, with the leads somewhat buried, but the arrangement works pretty well, with good transitions, and some exciting new material. Transitions are solid, and the drums are good enough with some variations and little flourishes. The weakest part is the ending, which feels pretty weak. I guess a fade sortof works, but I think a more composed ending would have been more satisfying. Overall it works though."
Cain echoes the sentiment:
"Hah, I totally remember that conversation. Neko was looking for a someone to play some super-fast lead bits (that I couldn't do either) and by lols I had an incomplete remix of the same thing. They were so similar in some aspects (the breakdown in particular) but so different at the same time. Not really much to add to the other votes. Definitely above bar but the ending is a little disappointing."
Those pesky fadeout endings - sometimes they don't seem to bother anybody, sometimes they get picked on by seemingly everybody. Rarely a dealbreaker, though, and let's be clear: Nekofrog + production on cheap headphones + questionable fadeout ending STILL equals a pretty damn good mix. I like that the mellow intro isn't just a lead-in, but a more full-fledged idea that takes its sweet time, and delivers. There's contemplation, rock-out noodling, epileptic chugging, and generally good variety, so while this may not be Neko at the tip-top of his game, it's still enjoyable, energizing, diverse, and impressive stuff.
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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VIII (Square, 1999, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "The Extreme"
"The Man with the Machine Gun"
- Metal, Rock
- Electric Guitar
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- Size: 7,148,527 bytes
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