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"Title"

Primary Game: Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos (CSG Imagesoft, 1990, NES), music by Tim Follin

Posted 2013-03-19, evaluated by djpretzel


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Now, not to be confused with Casterly Rock, Castle Rock Entertainment, or Fraggle Rock, this badass rock/metal arrangement of Solstice comes to us courtesy Prince of Darkness, who we last saw in February of last year with his 11+ minute FF6 opus, 'Prancing Dad' - 22MB of awesome. Tony writes:

"This song was assigned to me by the winners of the MAGfest-sponsored auction that happened a year ago where several of us prog-metal remixers (norg, Stemage, Snappleman, virt and myself) auctioned off our remixing abilities, and the winners chose a song we got to remix. All the proceeds went to help the Japanese after that disaster. I agreed to do two songs, and this was one of the them. The Solstice theme is a pretty tall order, and literally because the song is already about 3:00 long, much longer than practically any synthesized video game song I’ve ever heard, so I had to totally change the approach to my arrangement. It went from the usual method of putting a lot of my own spin onto the song to add time, to making Tim Follin’s music come to life. This theme is a favorite of many people and considered to be “the best NES theme ever” to others.

This is probably more a conservative arrangement than anything I’ve ever done. Yes, I have added a cheesy orchestra, but all the melodies and stuff are intact and nearly the same as they were to begin with. Overall, I knew I had to do it justice, and I’m hoping that I captured the original vision that Tim had for the song, since he had to fit it into 3 synthesized instruments with noise and percussion samples."

At just over four minutes, this is certainly shorter than its immediate predecessor, but it still feels QUITE epic, largely due to the innate compositional complexity that Tony alludes to above & captures both faithfully and raucously. There are orchestral components, but this is primarily screamin', angry metal - a wee harpsichord comes in at 2'07" and then gets completely pulverized ten seconds later at 2'17"; forgive the expression, but I didn't know you could so thoroughly bitchslap a harpsichord until I heard this mix. There are changeups, solos, an over-the-top epic conclusion, and shreddage aplenty. PoD's got an impeccable reputation for amazing mixage, and while this is less interpretive than his other work, he still puts his unmistakable spin on Tim Follin's formidable original. Great source, great cause, great arrangement.

djpretzel

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nitrozsz
on 2015-12-21 14:47:31

This is a great “introduction” rock track of sorts. It’s very fun, but still manages to retain that hard edge to it. The actual introduction to this remix seems a little too quiet for me, but the rest of the track works so well, that one weak point like that won’t ruin the track for me.

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Crulex
on 2013-04-05 10:38:49

Oh hey, I remember hearing before it got posted here and I never knew what it was from. Cool. Very rocking and has a certain type of energy to it that keeps it going. I love the little switches made like at 2:08 and right afterwards. Not bad.

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Brandon Strader
on 2013-03-21 04:10:23

I feel the same way I felt when I first heard this waaay back on DoD. It's really well produced, really impressive performances and fantastic sounds, but it lacks a hook that really drags me in. It's probably the source (since this is a really conservative mix), it seems like a thrill ride while I'm listening and it's really enjoyable, just not a lot memorable to cling onto after the listen is over. Don't suppose it hurts to keep listening to refresh the memory, though. :-)

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jnWake
on 2013-03-21 00:54:02

Man I love this remix. I heard it on PoD's youtube channel a while ago and hoped it'd get posted here someday!

I like how the song feels like this is what the composer aimed for with the original. I hope he gets to hear it!

The rocking mood is very cool and the synth leads are awesome. If I were to be very nitpicky I'd say the orchestral instruments are a bit too wet, but who cares, the mix is ridiculously awesome anyway!

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djpretzel
on 2013-03-20 17:04:27

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Solstice: The Quest for the Staff of Demnos (CSG Imagesoft, 1990, NES)
Music by Tim Follin
Songs:
"Title"

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Genre:
Metal, Rock
Mood:
Aggressive
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Harpsichord, Orchestral, Strings
Additional:

File Information


Name:
Solstice_Kastle_Rock_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
6,086,880 bytes
MD5:
ca73c2df96a1ae9e8f4b8bdf7af74776
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
4:10

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