ReMix: Golden Sun: The Lost Age "Rebirth of Mars"
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Matt R & S Battle (Mattias Rasmussen & Sean Battle) follow their 2012 Golden Sun ReMix "Rebirth of Venus" with - what else? - another Golden Sun rock/metal arrangement, this time from The Lost Age & moving a bit further away from the Sun, out to the fourth planet:
Matt R: "After having overwhelmingly positive feedback from our previous Golden Sun arrange of "Venus Lighthouse" (also submitted to OCR), we wanted to make a follow up with better production and arrangement!"
Basically, everything there was to like about their first posted mix is back & bigger/badder than before, making this a very nice pair of planetary rebirths; OA writes:
"Production and performance on this is excellent, with great details and variation throughout. It is very obvious that a ton of care went into each element of this song. Overall It has some nice cameos, and the arrangement is so varied and the Final Beacon section at the end is so epic, that I am pretty much blown away."
"Uh, yeah, there's not a whole lot I can say about this one that hasn't been said, but it's sweet. Even though it's conservative, it doesn't reek of "cover" to me by any stretch of the imagination. Plenty of personalizing to my ears. The production is very clean; every element has its place in the mix, and the parts are tight without being mechanical... enough talk, let's get this on the front page!"
This is a little proggier than the duo's first outing, with some great changeups & swirling, stormy chromatic runs in the first minute, some subsequent intense + over-the-top choral work that reminds me of the Attack on Titan openers, a brief chippish jam @ 2'28", soaring leads, melancholy aftermath @ 3'58", and a truly cathartic resolution. As OA says, there's a lot of attention to detail, craftsmanship, & love poured into this piece, and the impressive variety is contained within a narrative flow that segues gracefully from scene to scene, culminating in a satisfying resolution. Can't ask for much more, and we don't - another excellent tribute to the music of the Golden Sun from MR & SB, who are singlehandedly (okay, technically quad-handedly) doing the franchise some awesome & energetic musical justice! GET YOUR ASS TO MARS!!
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