ReMix: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 'Innocent Deception'
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- Game: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Konami, 2004, PS2)
- ReMixer(s): Claire Yaxley, Dj Mystix
- Composer(s): Harry Gregson-Williams, Mark Holden, Nobuko Toda, Norihiko Hibino, Rika Muranaka, Shuichi Kobori
- Song(s): 'Metal Gear Solid' Main Theme, Metal Gear Solid Main Theme, Old Snake, Snake Eater
- Posted: 2013-01-04, evaluated by djpretzel
It's time to get 2013 started here on OCR, and to get it started with STYLE we've got the first mix of the year from Mansoor Nazar, aka Dj Mystix, collaborating with another female vocalist, the very talented Claire Yaxley, on a soulful arrangement incorporating several themes from the franchise in a jazz/rock ballad that really reminds me of the various tunes that have been made for the James Bond intro credits - in a great way. The ReMixer writes:
"MGS series is my most favorite games of all times. I have been looking for a way I can pay my long overdue tribute to the series and finally decided to do a "Snake Eater" remix with elements from all other major games in the series. The whole inspiration came from MGS HD Collection. As soon as I finished it, I played MGS4 again and felt so heart broken....after that, I decided to pour all those emotions into a videogame remix. This remix very clearly portrays my passion for MGS saga.
Of course, it wasn't possible without a female vocalist and I consider myself lucky to have Claire provided her vocals. What an amazing voice she has. Her beautiful voice has all the power, range and passion that was required for this track. IMO, she far exceeded all the expectation I had with the track. As for the arrangement, I didn't have any particular style in mind when creating this but I wanted to give that 80's pop/ballad feel to the track. I had a very good time making this track. Both of us put our hearts and souls in this track. Hope you enjoy this collaboration. I know I will be working with Claire for more songs to come :D"
2012 was a fantastic year for Mystix, and I've said time and again that his ability to incorporate multiple themes into a single coherent arrangement AND make that work in song form, twice now with vocals as well, is fantastic. His passion for the MGS games is apparent through both his words & his music, as he's again proven this ability with another singular ReMix. Claire adds:
"There are not many vocal tracks from video games that I would consider to be 'good' from a vocalist's perspective, but Snake Eater is both challenging and enjoyable to sing. I had a lot of fun with this track; I was able to really stretch my range and put absolutely everything I had into my performance. I'm pretty proud of the result, and I feel that I seriously owe DJMystix for giving me the opportunity to record it. I'm quite critical of other people's work, and I think his remix is fantastic and it is a pleasure to work with him."
Very cool; female vocals on VGM mixes have, for whatever reason, tended to be more of the ethereal, otherworldly, new age variety, so it's neat to see a mix that involves a bit more growl and attitude, which Claire pulls off perfectly. Not saying one vocal style is better than the other, it's just that when one is so predominant it's nice to see an exception. The arrangement has a bit more edge to it, with some interesting modulations, more aggressive guitar work than the ReMixer's previous submissions, and we get the main MGS theme on acoustic AND electric guitar. There's such a strong James Bond vibe that I almost picture Shirley Bassey singing and the infamous "Bond Girl" silhouettes scrolling and panning across the big screen, but the lyrics and familiar melodies pull me back into the realm of Snake, Big Boss, & co. - a great tribute to a great series from a great mixer & a talented, unique vocal performance from Claire provide a memorable kickoff to 2013, which I hope will be our best year yet!
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