ReMix: Final Fantasy II "A Kingdom Fallen"
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EPIC EPICALITY. Any Rebellion that has Sixto Sounds onboard is bound to triumph, and we fittingly conclude our second album flood with Juan Medrano's knock-down, drag-out, pull-no-punches rock/metal/chiptune opus, arranging the main theme from FF2:
"This is just a last minute addition to the ff2 project. i had the idea for this remix a few years ago and then i kind of forgot about it. found it recently and shared it with a few people when brandon asked me to finish it for his project. this really isn't the kind of remix i typically make, but i have some really fun new sounds courtesy of the chipsounds vst and the refx nexus 2 sid expansion as well as the electronic library for superior 2. i plan on learning these tools and using them more often to change things up a little. you are witnesses at the new birth of sixto sounds mk ii. hope you enjoy my new direction."
A chippier, crunchier Sixto Sounds, to be sure, but one that still rocks just as hard. Perhaps even harder; some judges felt the formidable "wall of sound" presented here a little overwhelming at times, but Chimpazilla summed up the overall feeling:
"Whoa, interesting combination of instruments here, I'm loving that. I absolutely dig that you transcribed this source to 6/8. The song has such different flavors all through it. I wish I could hear the piano better after the intro. I love how the leadwork trades off from the piano, to synth, to guitar. Great dynamics, especially in the breakdown from 2:21 to 3:06. Source usage is more than enough, and the track has amazing peronalization. Soloing is dynamite.
Soundscape is packed, for sure, bordering on too busy at times, but it is nice and wide and it works for me. Yes, dat snare. Impressive and enjoyable mix."
"Juan did an awesome job combining the chip leads and influences alongside his signature rock style, and the arrangement's energy just grew and evolved over the course of the 6 1/2 minutes. It's like he's found a new toy, but damned if it didn't sound like he wasn't already familiar with how to put those tools to work. Great stuff!"
What he said; sometimes when an artist has more of an established sound and branches into new sonic territory, there's a "tell" - even when well-executed, things don't seem quite as natural relative to their other work. None of that here, really; Juan blends dem chips with dem geetars in a way that works & feels second nature. Massive rock/metal sound tightly integrated with tasty chip components? Sign me up. Epic track to end an epic second flood of mixes from an epic album; props of great justice & legendary valor to all who participated in a successful Rebellion!