ReMix: Donkey Kong Country "Battle Aboard the Galleon"
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We end September with a twofer mini-flood of DKC ReMixes from newcomers, starting with this short-but-satisfying rock/metal take on "Gang-Plank Galleon" from Thrace (Daniel Hubble), who writes:
"Favorite song of the soundtrack. I had always wanted to do a metal cover of this song. There're tons of covers out there for this song, for sure, but I like to think I've given it a slightly unique twist. Enjoy! :)"
Larry actually covers pretty much everything I could think to cover with his decision:
"Solid metal cover with good energy. At 2:15-long, I was hoping this wouldn't repeat anything wholesale, so it was good that it didn't. The main verse briefly repeated from 1:08-1:23, albeit with a different drum pattern and different chugs underneath, so some variation was provided.
Though I'm not inherently against fadeout endings, this fadeout ending was a letdown. I would have liked more of an actual conclusion here, but perhaps it's just personal taste. This packs a lot into the 2:15 length, and this was a well-personalized cover. Wouldn't have minded another 30-60 seconds for a finish with more finality, but otherwise everything's clicking here with a very spirited version. Nice work, Daniel! \m/"
Ditto all of that, including the fadeout ending gripe (not ALWAYS a sin, but quite often...) & room for a bit more material. That being said, I also agree with the positives, being that this is a brief but energetic & personalized thrashing of the source tune. Nutritious echoes these sentiments:
"Gonna echo Kris & DA's crits on the overall EQ being high heavy as well as the occasionally out of tune lead. Both aren't dealbreakers, but can be dealt with reasonably easily in post-production. Overall, this is a short & sweet rock rendition of the theme. Boo fadeout ending. It wasn't a super smooth fadeout either with the sudden drop in volume at the very end. I feel like this one just gets by with good performances and arrangement ideas, but it also feels like it leaves quite a bit on the table with the one-and-done fadeout approach."
So there's room for improvement and room for expansion, but it's a solid debut nonetheless from Thrace, who puts his own spin on a popular source & soundtrack. Looking forward to hearing more, and hopefully the judges' feedback resonates a bit and the second mix rocks even harder!