Posted 2015-10-31, evaluated by djpretzel
Sam Dillard doesn't "do" mediocre - every ReMix I've heard from him oozes with atmosphere, art, & craft. We end our Vampire Variations: Volume III mixflood with an appropriately epic & sinister orchestral/cinematic arrangement of his that is no exception to this rule, conjuring the gothic horror & Transylvanian ambiance the Castlevania series is known for. Album series director Chernabogue writes:
"This is probably my favorite track on the album, and one of the first to be completed, setting the bar quite high, actually. Sam really captured the essence of the final battle against Dracula himself in his remix. His choice of focusing only on Dracula's theme and not adding Simon's (like in the game) was a very good idea. You can really feel some hatred in this track, but also some sadness/melancholia, and that blend of emotions really worked well to me. This track still give me chills when I listen to it, and I'm pretty sure it'll keep doing this for the years to come."
Ditto all that; I sometimes talk about mixes being "transporting," and this is one of those times ;) For me at least, when listening to this track, it's impossible not to mentally travel to a landscape that mirrors the audio, with darkness, chill air, & a sanguine moon hanging low over the twisted spires of old-world architecture. Sam writes:
"I always thought this was an interesting song, with a unique mystical and almost sad feel to it. The idea here is an epic showdown with Dracula on top of his ancient castle in the middle of a violent storm with howling winds. I considered transitioning to Simon's theme as happens in the game, but I decided to keep the focus on the Prince of Darkness himself the whole time, with a dangerously powerful yet beautiful quality. Or something like that... anyway, it was a fun track which let me play around with doing pretty dramatic stuff."
Indeed; a fitting conclusion to our six-mix exploration of a powerful, dark, & blood-soaked album, the last in a trilogy of works paying tribute to the lord of vampires and to the talented composers at Konami, who've defined the "sound" of Dracula in the land of VGM for many decades. Bravo to Chernabogue & all the talented artists who contributed to this latest incarnation focusing on Super Castlevania IV (my personal favorite!) and to the first & second volumes as well, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN from ALL of us at OCR!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Super Castlevania IV (Konami, 1991, SNES)
Music by Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudo
- "Dracula's Room (Final Stage BGM)"
- Cinematic, Symphonic
- Dark, Epic, Spooky, Suspenseful
- Brass, Choir, Orchestral, Singing, Strings, Vocals: Female
- Usage > Halloween
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- Size: 8,252,149 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: c88278b25591702724431999590cbfab
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