Posted 2017-09-15, evaluated by Liontamer
One last cut off Smash The Record: The Record to end the week, as Nabeel Ansari (formerly Neblix), brother of album director Shariq Ansari, sends us a searing, short-but-sweet rock/metal take on MMX5:
"Shariq needed a quick mix for the upcoming Smash The Record event, and asked me to pick from MMX or Kirby. I figured I hadn't done anything from MMX series yet since my younger days in the Remix Battles, so I did a metal arrangement testing out a lot of my sample libraries that don't see much use, namely a lot of Shreddage products and the Matt Halpern drums from GetGood Drums. This mix is 100% sequenced, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I picked "X vs. Zero" because I had been earlier frustrated with existing remixes of it that didn't quite capture the open feel of it in the source, and I wanted something that did."
Literal bro DarkeSword writes:
"Damn, Nabeel. When did you get this good?"
Supportive siblings FTW; it has been & continues to be awesome to see the Ansari brothers do amazing things on OCR, ISW, and beyond, and it's cool that they worked together on STR:TR. While guitar players might sneer at sample-based metal as being "fakey" or otherwise non-brutal, leaving faces unmelted, I think Impact Soundworks has an amazing product line with Shreddage, and I'm looking forward to 3.0; this sounds pretty damn badass to me. Things intro hot, super-dramatic high string stabs amp up the epic, and eventual guitar solo lead melody soars like a leaf on the wind. The slow bend at 1'39" is particularly nice. At 3'23" this is on the shorter side, but it's chock full o' oomph & delivers a formidable melodic payload on its brisk schedule, and feels very complete. Great stuff from Nabeel - be sure to check out Smash The Record AND Smash The Record: The Record and show some support!
on 2017-09-20 23:52:43
Man, this mix just kept getting better and better. Great energy and I love the way the themes interweave with the drums. By the end I was already scrolling up to play it again!! Well done!
on 2017-09-20 03:19:56
This is powerful and effective, there's nothing here that doesn't need to be here. I could spot a few places where I could tell it was sequenced guitar (after reading about the fact in the write-up), but only a few, and to me it all sounds good anyway. The solo around 1:30 is super sweet.
on 2017-09-15 22:04:09
Seemed fairly conservative to me at first, but once we got to the 1-minute mark, it got more interpretive. I dig the solo at the 1.5 minute mark!
on 2017-09-15 12:35:06
Your Neblix has evolved in Nabeel Ansari!
Seriously, his skills have evolved, too! Nice work!
on 2017-09-13 16:55:41
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man X5 (Capcom, 2000, PS1)
Music by Naoto Tanaka, Naoya Furutani, Showtaro Morikubo, Takuya Miyawaki
- "X vs Zero"
- Metal, Rock
- Aggressive, Energetic
- Bells, Electric Guitar, Orchestral, Strings, Synth
- 6,173,256 bytes
- Size: 6,173,256 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 43775c317f2a34ec18f9fb5a5a8426e1
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