ReMix: Final Fantasy V "BZKR"
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- Game: Final Fantasy V (Square, 1992, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Jeff Ball, Sixto Sounds
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Battle 1"
- Posted: 2016-04-25, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy V: The Fabled Warriors ~II. WATER~
- Terms (BETA): aggressive collab electric-guitar energetic extended-soloing rock violin
Since WATER is a shorter album, we're only flooding three mixes, but we end our mini-deluge with a BANG, as Sixto Sounds (!!) teams up with Jeff Ball (!!) for a badass violin-infused hard rock take on "Battle 1," as Medrano & Ball trade licks on their respective axes; Sixto Sounds writes:
"A simple rock arrangement of FFV's "Battle Theme" with some really awesome violins by Jeff Ball."
Juan's been branching out a lot lately with his arrangements - very successfully I'd say - but this is sort of a return-to-roots ReMix that's old-school Sixto Sounds in all the right ways, with Jeff Ball adding that something-something on super-expressive violin parts that hold their own with the lead electric. Album director Shariq "DarkeSword" Ansari writes:
"Well, this is what we expect from Sixto, isn't it? A pretty straightforward rock take on a classic Final Fantasy V track, but no less awesome. Sixto's guitars are crunchy and driving, providing an excellent background for featured violinist Jeff Ball's great performance of the melody. Sometimes simple and straightforward works best, and this is no exception."
Well said; this almost feels like a throwback mix, but in the best of ways... not overthought, super-finessed, or strenuously conceptualized, this ReMix delivers one thing: a great, enjoyable rock arrangement that features standout performances on guitar & violin. Congrats to both artists, to Shariq for hanging in there & pulling things together, to Maya for some amazing album art that really conveys the theme of the series very effectively, and to all the artists who came together to make WATER the essence of wetness!
We know it took a long time, but it's finally here: we hope you enjoy Final Fantasy V: The Fabled Warriors ~II. WATER~!!