ReMix: Final Fantasy VIII 'White Magic Is for Sissies'
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From Knight of the Round comes a metal FF8 ReMix that invites the question: Have we, as a culture, moved past the use of "sissy" as an insult? On the one hand, the word provides a very useful reminder of how, while all you tend to hear about are the pressures society places on young women, there are actually a lot of expectations & impositions on the male side of the fence, too. Personally, I'd wager that machismo & pissing contests have been responsible for more senseless death and suffering throughout history than a wee smidgen of sissiness here or there. I'd also wager that most guys throwing the word around today left and right wouldn't last a week in a world where "sissy" concepts like government, law, science, and technology were no longer around to prevent relative anarchy. Perhaps instead of stigmatizing cowardice (or general aversion to physical conflict) we should respect that it CAN be part of a rational self-interest and value of mutual well-being, and even see it as a potential virtue - Eddie Izzard points out Shaggy & Scooby, and Shakespeare's Falstaff, as rare heroic exemplars.
But PERHAPS I'm thinking too much about it, so let's rock... if you're thinking about my magic it don't matter if it's black or white, but in this case we're definitely coming down squarely on the darker side of things - Justin writes:
"This is actually an older track of mine. I created my first version of this a little over a year ago for my old Myspace page, but I've learned well, a LOT more about recording/engineering since then. It was my first Final Fantasy track that was more of a "remix" than it was a cover, so I decided that I would re-record it and submit it for evaluation.
I love polyrhythms, and had a blast with the 5/4 time signature that this song has by keeping a nasty underlying 4/4 groove for some of the 5/4 parts. For the song itself, it's a pretty conservative remix of the original, keeping most of the original arrangement and 5/4 time sig, with a few changes here and there, along with an original ending based on the original rhythm riff."
Sinister intro gives way to a LOT of aggressive machine-gun chuggery; Justin really had fun with the rhythms on this, and it shows. The section towards the end at 3'31" is GUARANTEED to get your head banging, even if you've never banged it before. Even if you HAVE NO HEAD. Absolutely wicked, that bit is, and the static/scratching textures out in left field that lead up to it add an otherworldly evil to an already malevolent beast. OA writes:
"I think adding even a bit of source into the ending would have been a home run. The 5/4 was excellent, though, and really worked, and the variation between sections was subtle. Also you kids with your 8 string guitars, that's like, what? Half a bass? Love it. :D"
There's rhythmic creativity, some nice attention to detail w/ regard to sound design, and a heapin' helpin' of good ole-fashioned BRUTALITY here, and that makes for a sweet trifecta. Judges were a little bummered that KotR didn't personalize the middle bits more melodically, which I definitely see, but I think this mix - his third posted - still continues a trend of ferocious, unmitigated metal that should have a LOT of fans out there; count me in!
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