Posted 2013-01-26, evaluated by djpretzel
A little bird told me that BadAss should be seeing a second AND even third volume of awesome, aggressive boss theme arrangements sometime in the future - just because they're badguys doesn't mean they're bad guys. Except in this case it actually does, and not "Michael Jackson" bad, either. Here with a cut off BA1 is Mazedude with an ethno-industrial take on Mass Effect. Album Director David Puga writes:
"What do Mass Effect and Sully Erna have in common? Mazedude, that's what. Maze came in late into the project, but finished really quickly. He had Sinner's Prayer on the mind, and thought, this screams Saren. Emulating that track, then going insane on it in that way that only Mazedude can, he made this mystic-sounding journey of a track that leads us straight into hallucinations that are sure to scare us straight."
Interesting turn of phrase, but the underlying observation is sound - Mr. Bronx Rican used this very mix for the quotastical intro to the badass BadAss album trailer he put together, and it worked beautifully to create an ominous sense of vast scope & immense evil, along with the signature red & black Virtual Boyish (in a good way) aesthetic. Drums here are a huge, militant, tribal affair, something you'd envision an Orc army marching in to, and synths are integrated in a way that doesn't make them stick out like a sore thumb, instead lending subtle electronic textures without overdoing things. Winds take on most of the melodic bits, and there's a sinister, undulating synth bass that helps with transitions. While lacking a strong melodic hook or the sheer adrenaline of some of the album's more upbeat tracks, this mix absolutely swims with atmosphere and presence, and makes a strong contribution to the general malevolence factor.
on 2015-12-03 15:05:52
Doom and gloom abound, I see. Excellent work! All the instruments weave together perfectly, and it sets the mood very well. I don’t really have any complaints for you. I might have liked a stronger, more focused melody floating over the deep stuff sometimes, but honestly? It works really well as it is.
on 2014-06-03 02:22:59
There's a lot going on here -- but it seems to go on together, like waves under water or wind in the air. (Also, yeah woodwinds! *fist pump*) Man, that's a niiice whistle.
I want to say this could replace the original Saren fight music, but I haven't heard it! Still, I bet this would be an awesome substitute. Just menacing and oozes badass.
on 2013-03-26 14:26:41
The percussion of this ReMix and the glitched up voices made this really stand out to me. Sinister undertones are at a max with this one, and the beat underneath had me tapping my foot, which is always nice to help pick up an otherwise slow day. Amazing ReMix, Mazedude.
on 2013-02-20 13:52:24
Doesn't sound like a prayer to me. I think I'd have titled it "Saren's a Big Fat Jerk."
on 2013-01-28 21:37:02
The flavor in this track is immense. I love it. Well done Mazedude, you've created a brilliant track inspired by a song that I really love myself. On top of that, you make it work so well. It's beautiful, really.
on 2013-01-26 21:04:12
This was, by far, my favorite Remix off of the Badass volume - which says something, because I really enjoyed the whole thing. It just perfectly encapsulates Saren in musical form, and makes him even more Badass of a bad guy than he already was. Awesome stuff without a doubt - I'll be listening to this when I'm 80 and still getting the same chills down my spine as before.
on 2013-01-26 12:54:58
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mass Effect (Microsoft, 2007, XB360)
Music by David Kates, Jack Wall, Richard Jacques, Sam Hulick
- Synth, Woodwinds
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- Size: 7,100,435 bytes
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