Posted 2019-06-03, evaluated by Liontamer


Black Ace (Alexey Bakhmetyev) hits us with a second helping of Contra: Hard Corps, following his 90's dance debut back in January with a more modern, aggressive dubstep take:

"И вот он обещанный ЕЩЁ ОДИН релиз! В этот раз я решил немного изменить своим принципам. Возможно кто-то помнит, что несколько лет назад я люто-бешено терпеть не мог ДУБСТУП. Однако сейчас, с выходом такого потрясающего "музыКАЛьного" стиля как ТРАПЧИК, я понял, что дубступ-то был не так уж и плох... Кроме того, послушав коллабовый альбом Korn'ов и Сриллиекса я несколько проникся данным звучанием сношающихся трансформеров под МИТОЛЛ!

Теперь что касается темы трека. Не первый и не последний раз я уродую музыку из игры "Contra: Hard Corps" с сеги, так как это уникальный в своём роде ОСТ. Ну, может не уникальный, конечно, но точно выдающийся, так как в то время в 16тибитных остах техно-рэйвы встречали крайне редко (но встречались!). Сейчас я представляю вашему вниманию моё видение темы первого уровня, которая, я уверен, запомнилась очень многим из вас.

Ну и Брэд Фэнг... Хоть и был он совершенно никудышным игровым персонажем, но определённо самым харизматично-пафосным и его возглас "It's Payback Time!" тоже, наверное, многие вспомнят. :)"

If you can't read Russian, that all translates to "I must break you" ;) And he does; the love for this game & its music comes through in a barrage of synths, FX, guitars, and hard-hitting beats. I'm not entirely sure who is being paid back, and for what, but there's clearly substantial interest involved. Larry writes:

"As soon as the melodic lead came in, I was caught off-guard by the choice in a pleasent way; very interesting change in the tone of the lead. The track ramped up at :56 and got cluttered, IMO; I can still make out the part-writing, so it's nothing pulling this down, but thought this could have been sharpened up some, since the warbling and swooshing sound. Listen to the rise from 2:59-3:11, and I think others may agree, but again, nothing truly holding this back. After the initial, intriguing build, Alexey brings it once again with an absolutely intense Contra: Hard Corps treatment; it's a nice contrast to his more club-inspired debut, and, with this kind of range, I can't wait to hear what he sends in next! Keep 'em coming, Alexey! :-)"

Certain games end up having "champions" on OCR, who take it upon themselves to ensure representation, in this case in a creative & rather badass fashion. I loved the build here, and the titular vox sample is dropped in just the right spot. There's dynamic variety, and while there's a fair bit of repetition, everything hits hard & there are enough changeups to keep things moving. I dug the variety of risers & complementary synth textures employed, the helicopter-blade intro pulse, and some sweet synth & guitar noodling. Alexey's debut mix from the same game had a more vintage, Mortal Kombat/C+C vibe going on, but he's changed it up and gone more modern here, with an effective blend of dubstep & metal. Fun, evil, & enjoyable stuff!

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Mak Eightman
on 2019-06-11 18:09:58

Лёха красава!! Но волк был крут! А и Д самые рульные пушки в контре)

This game, for some reason, is the pride of Russia and the post-Soviet countries. Lot of fans..)

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Liontamer
on 2019-05-31 12:32:56

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Contra: Hard Corps (Konami, 1994, GEN)
Music by Akira Yamaoka, akiropito, Hirofumi Taniguchi, Hiroshi Kobayashi (I), Kenji Miyaoka, Michiru Yamane
Songs:
"The Hard Corps"

Tags (10)


Genre:
Dubstep
Mood:
Aggressive, Angry, Energetic
Instrumentation:
Breakbeats, Electric Guitar, Electronic, In-game FX, Sound FX, Synth
Additional:

File Information


Name:
Contra_Hard_Corps_It's_Payback_Time_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
8,581,347 bytes
MD5:
d74954af70b69845b3c9b7dfdb548ab5
Bitrate:
220Kbps
Duration:
5:09

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