ReMix: Halo 3 'In Memoriam'

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While it's true that we JUST posted something from Mr. Strader, this mix & mix title seem well-suited to the observation of Veterans Day here in the US; while Memorial Day would have been even more appropriate, the general sentiment of honor & remembrance still applies. Of this metal Halo 3 arrangement, he writes:

"I had planned to make a Halo 3 remix for months. I think as far back as mid-June 2011. At the time, I asked on facebook whether I should make it acoustic (like Ethnic Rush style) or metal. David Puga aka The Joker came on and said "metal!" so that was that. You can imagine this same arrangement with acoustic guitar and ethnic drums, it probably would have worked out pretty great either way I think.

So this was another arrangement I was playing the parts of and arranging in my head months before I recorded it, the actual recording probably only took a couple days as usual.. I really like how the "Halo" choir theme sounds totally Opeth-ian at 1:55 of the remix. "Never Forget" was the source I really wanted to arrange, the others are just the icing on the cake. The climax at 2:59 came out better than I ever could have expected. It's so darn epic. I really like it and I hope y'all do too."

There's a lot of layered guitars here, and I specifically like some of the dynamics Brandon plays with, fading certain parts in & out gradually, adjusting reverb levels, etc. Tempo also modulates a bit, preventing this from feeling like a straight-out metal track and lending more of a "soundtrack piece with metal execution" vibe - which completely suits the Halo universe. Deia writes:

"Plenty of good stuff going on here. The arrangement is solid, and you picked some fantastic sources to work with anyways."

Some judges found the string intro just a tad stiff, but I wouldn't have really noticed if it hadn't been pointed out to me, and the production itself sounds sweet and sets the stage nicely for the shreddage to come. While Brandon's been incorporating more diverse instrumentation lately, there's no reason every single mix needs to do that, and the (comparatively) pared-down aesthetic here complements the arrangement rather well. Good stuff from BS; nice to see mixes of more modern OSTs in general, and his energy & enthusiasm for the source material definitely shine through. Over the years we've gotten dozens of emails from those serving in the United States Armed Forces (and other nations' as well!) thanking us for running OC ReMix, and I'm glad that our community in some small way serves those who serve us!

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Discussion: Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2013-10-16 10:43:20
Say what you will about the Halo series, the main riff from that theme is about as iconic to me as anything else I've played or experienced in my gaming life. To hear it done justice here along with Never Forget and Finish the Fight is a spectacular thing, for reals. The vibe of this ReMix perfectly matches the ReMix title. Just has some strong heroic memorial feeling to me. Good arrangement, good production, makes for a pretty damn good Halo mix all around. Nice work, Strader.
Thin Crust
on 2012-11-26 17:13:16
Ok, this is just sad that only 3 people have commented on this song.
To be honest, I've never been a halo fan except for redvsblue and about 5 halo parties that I've gone to over the years. Sure they were fun times, but being a sony fan, I've not gotten into it.
Anyway, the song was great. It even had the same feel as "hell march" from Red Alert for some reason. Of course I could be imagining the connection seeing as I have no musical ability whatsoever. But the part at 3:00 was awe inspiring. Brandon, you make my day every time something with your name comes up. Thank you for being awesome.
GameBoy
on 2012-11-17 14:37:27
The "Chug, chug, chug-chuuug" riff of the Halo theme has never sounded so epic.
Dustin Fisher
on 2012-11-13 08:55:41
Downloading this now. Where's my remix? :p
Melbu Frahma
on 2012-11-12 21:44:10
Wow, this really IS the year of Brandon Strader! Great remix, although I gotta agree with the judges who weren't fond of the intro; it felt stiff and even a touch thin to me. Once the body of the remix started, though, it really took off.
djpretzel
on 2012-11-12 16:22:02
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