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OCR01927 - Castlevania "Vampire Snap"


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I'm glad that I'm not hearing an over-used whip-crack throughout this song. Something made me fear that was going to happen (a few too many times through Juese Belmont, I think), but it's obvious that I had no need to think such evil things like that could happen.

JM does some awesome work with jazz, and it's quite obvious here. I think I could almost cut and paste my last review here, change a couple sentences, and I'd be good to go. Fantastic soundscape going on, unique and funky. Transistions are smooth and seamless. Just hard not to tap my foot to this stuff. I'm a little dissapointed in the fade-out though. Not sure how to get a good ending, however, so I'm not very helpful. Otherwise, great job.

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One thing is for sure - JM doesn't disappoint much with his music. Great & unique take on the original - it's upbeat and rolling, and quite jazzy, which is something you don't see really when it comes to Castlevania, much less something that preserves some measure of uptempo.

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Get funky! I like how a lot of the phrases were extended so the different sections had more of a chance to breathe- we've all heard vampire killer a million times, but extending the parts gives everyone a chance to fully appreciate the arrangement. Good stuff, nice solos, and overall a pretty good track. :-)

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This is my favorite from the album as well. Not a huge surprise I guess since it's "THE" Castlevania theme if there ever was one, but this is really great. It sets the stage for the album as a whole style wise, and it's just so... smooth.

It's also nice to know that a song that's been mixed so many times can still sound original, jazzy mixes always seem to be my favorite and this, along with rest of the album is really no exception. Very upbeat, yet that "uptemponess" never detracts from the smoothness this track has going on.

On a somewhat bizarre note,. the ending portion of this song reminds me uncannily of LL Cool J's "Phenomenon" to the point where I have started to say the lyrics of that song over it. Random, but hilarious.

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Maybe it's the four on the floor but I find this piece much more accessible than the other remixes on the album.

Instrumentation is diverse, fantastic, funktastic, interesting, and filled with surprises. Sounds like there's a vocoder in here somewhere. Dissonant tones here and there to boot.

Original stuff and solos are interesting and emotional - 2:00 - 2:16 is awesome, then it ties back well to the theme. 3:15 is also the start of sweetness.

If you've heard something else off of this album and you weren't too sure about it, definitely try this one out - it delivers.

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Chilling intro, pretty cool percussion too. Couldn't help but singing the "Juese Belmont" lyrics during the main section though. Great selection of instruments and it's very lively in feel. That wah'd instrument just reminds me of cats singing the chorus, though, I dunno why. I like all the synth stuff you used but the string sample you used doesn't feel right to me. All else is pretty good, though.

This is the perfect BPM and style to have a line dance designed to it, though. Someone should get on that. Everyone, do the "Vampire Snapper!"

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What's there to say that hasn't already been said? It's Joshua Morse, it's Castlevania, and it's jazzy as hell. Of course it's gonna be awesome :-D

This was one of the 3 tracks from Sonata of the Damned that I recognized the source tune for, so yeah, I'd say that justice has been done to a classic source. My only criticism is that the bells in the introduction went on for too long, I think I was kinda sick of them by the time the guitar came in. Not a dealbreaker, but in the interest of providing some *real* feedback here I thought I'd bring that minor point up.

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To paraphrase my comments in the album review thread, this combines glistening instruments with that ever slimy (but adorable) bass while trying on different hats along the way. It's a spectrum unto itself.

Also, I like how this is the first time djp linked to a mascot bio in the writeup. Coolness.

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Not bad, but I get the feeling this might have been rushed a bit. There are little weird sound artifacts throughout, the intro bells are overly verbed and echo'd and kind of shrilly, and it feels like some of the rythms are a bit sparse; is the case of the latter, almost as if using a different sample was favored over "awesomeness". Also it seems like the bass is changing volume throughout. Was that a backspin around 3:00?

The arrangement is a winner, thats for sure. Just something to be desired in the execution in places. Also, fade out... I dunno...

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Definitely a head-nodder that has a great vibe to it. It's so odd to hear a rendition of this theme in anything other than gothic, but that's not a bad thing. Morse made this work to perfection and I found myself grooving to it. I really like how this is borderline tropical. So cool.

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