ReMix: Wild Arms "I'm a Force of Nature"

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OPERATION INCLEMENT WEATHER MIXFLOOD AKA "Flood Flood" AKA "Rock You Like a Hurricane" AKA "I hope I don't lose power halfway through posting these mixes!" is now underway! As Frankenstorm Hurricane Sandy barrels down on the East Coast of the US of A, including OCR HQ here in Northern Virginia, we urge everyone affected to STAY SAFE and BE SMART. To help you cope w/ the impending wrath of Mother Nature we've got not one, not two, but THREE weather-themed ReMixes!

First up is newcomer Jani Syrjänen, aka Devastus, with this epic metal-rock-orchestral anthem, which he suggests would make for excellent Rocky Balboan moments:

"I just happened to buy myself a new computer due to the old one busting out at the time of the Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous album project, and was anxious to see whether a month of plain noodles for dinner was worth it. Thus it's no surprise I went for a really massive rock orchestration with this one, over 60 tracks overall containing multiple layers of everything and beyond.

While the original is more ominous in its style, I felt Wild Arms needed its own epic workout routine montage - remix to the catalog, so I went and tried to provide that as a large, soundwall-mixed rock opera. 99% guarantee of feeling the need to lift some weights or run those long stairs that you've always hated all the way up while listening to this! Hope you guys like it, it was a blast to work on it at the very least."

I'm looking out the window right now at trees a' blowin' and rain a' fallin' and the LAST thing I wanna do is work out, but the arrangement actually makes for a nice (though not particularly reassuring) "extreme weather warning" soundtrack, too. Nutritious writes:

"Yeah, I can tell you from experience that it's really hard to get the mix down right with rock orchestra pieces... Great energy once it all kicks in with the rhythm guitars and performance was solid. While I'd like to hear it mixed a bit better, with so much going for it I don't want to hold it back."

Jani actually revised this track a little based on production feedback from the panel, so this version should be somewhat improved over the original album version, FYI. Shariq adds:

"This is a pretty rockin' track man. I love how you took a fairly mellow/chill dungeon track and really ramped up the energy. I love the toms in the percussion. Really killer stuff."

'Force of Nature' indeed; great debut mix from Jani and another rock-solid cut off ARMed & DANGerous - definitely hope to hear more from him in the future!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
nitrozsz
on 2015-12-21 15:22:19

If it were me, I wouldn’t have brought in the rock instruments until around the 1:04. Beause that minute long intro was amazing without it. Having said that, this is an amazing metal remix. The percussion work kind of reminds me of what Yasunori Mitsuda did in the Shadow Hearts games, and the use of the guitars makes me think of what would happen if Linked Horizon (Revo) did a Wild Arms soundtrack. And wait, was this really his first remix here? What a first impression!

timaeus222
on 2015-12-17 16:24:57

Wow, I like the creative usage of the clean guitar mutes as a dynamic contrast with the distorted mutes. The frequency of distorted pinch squeals used, and the frequent use of toms also really make this sound nothing like other guitar music. It distinguishes you pretty well, and that's tough to do for rock/metal ReMixes. Nice work!

Crulex
on 2014-02-18 16:26:07

This is my kind of rocking metal ReMix, with a strong lead and an even more aggressive background while the drums help telegraph the kicks. Would definitely make for a perfect workout track. Loved the slow intro build with the melody making appearances over the top before this opens up like a crack of lightning. About as epic as hard rock can get. Think I'll be adding this one to my MP3 for sure.

SwordBreaker
on 2012-10-31 09:40:50

Underrated remix and underrated remixer. Devastus is someone I first listen to in the Maverick Rising album. His Crush Crawfish remix in my opinion is one of the best tracks in the project. For some reason, I completely skipped out on listening to this track. I'm not an avid fan of Wild Arms or its soundtrack, but I've always heard good things about both. Michiko Naruke appeared in Brawl though with her awesome Brambles remix, and I now know why people love what she does.

Anyway, great track. Lots of energy. Cool soothing intro. You can't ask for more. Scratch that, Devastus' Crush Crawfish remix needs a direct post on OCR ASAP!

Genoism
on 2012-10-29 15:10:54

Didn't know that awesome can get more awesome!

djpretzel
on 2012-10-29 13:39:39

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