ReMix: The Legend of Zelda "Fear and Sufferance of a Loved One in the Hands of Evil" 3:48

By K. Praslowicz

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 1986, NES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2001-12-18, evaluated by djpretzel

This is some different stuff, that it is. K has taken the epic, some might say "peppy" main theme to Zelda and turned it into something decidedly different. Taking on characteristics of a Celtic war march (or something like that), this tortured-guitar rendition certainly has a bite to its bark, with textures that rip through several layers of undulating guitar distortion. I mention the Celtic thing because, during the closest thing the mix has to a chorus, when the main theme is carried most clearly by an electric lead, the base chord doesn't change, so it almost sounds like bagpipes. Kinda. Well, you see if you hear what I mean. The long and short of it is that this is a solid and inventive industrial take on a well-known favorite that undeniably puts a new spin on it. Think about it: if you were a little elf boy with Spock ears, and were fighting off deadly beasts in a life-or-death scenario, this is probably more indicative of how you'd ACTUALLY feel :) Nice abrupt piano ending as well.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Steven McFly Jr
on 2010-04-17 02:23:13

Yup, the electric lead does play thru like pipes indeed Pretzel. And what makes it even neater is that this sounds like something out a technotronic remake of Braveheart!


on 2009-10-27 10:51:16

Cool intro. Very grating and it creates a great tone. The droning synth actually sounds great to me as it creates a tension in the mix that the original didn't have. The drums that come in are very much like your Rygar mix. I pray they go into a heavy rock beat at some point!. Guitar lead is by far the best sounding one you've had up to this point. Crisp, clear, and very well defined! The track gets a bit repetitive. The "chaotic" parts after playing the main melody create a great cinematic feel to the track. Very Dark Knight, but it is a complete wall of sound. The abrupt ending was actually a nice touch. KP, while I know that this may be a personal preference on my part, I feel like this track had the most potential out of all the tracks you've done up to this point but the dynamics of the track never changed and it was hard to get into it for me. I also missed the chord progression that the original track had. The droning reminded me of your first remix, and while a cool idea, it seemed to cause the track to become a little repetitive. Bottom line is that the production value in you mixes is growing and I can't wait to hear what you have in store next.

on 2009-10-18 06:23:09

this is a very great remix

I really like the song :P


on 2009-07-29 22:23:49

I like the intensity on this one. It's arranged like a bagpipe song in terms of the percussion, the pacing and the tone of the guitar, but there are obvious expansions on the theme that bagpipes just cannot pull off. The final result sounds like hellish versions of Celtic and Indian musical stylings. It's quite a combination.

Obviously, the production here isn't clean enough to eat off, but the mix would be something else altogether if it were. What it attempts to do is bring out the darker themes of Zelda (and they are there), which I think it does pretty successfully. I appreciate that it's Zelda from a different perspective, yet it is still Zelda. Which is a lot more than other mixes have done, despite them being technically superior.

I'd say this mix was pretty excellent.

on 2008-10-03 12:13:31

The intro took forever, and that minor drone was pretty dissonant when paired up with the major melody. Production was really muddy, but there was some decent guitar playing, and I did like the lead tone.

The rhythm tone was a bit messy sounding, and the ending was really strange. I realize this is an older mix, and there are definitely some good sections, but the various sections didn't really mesh I don't think.

Worth a listen, maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did.

on 2005-07-23 19:22:10

I like it, but with the the dark edge to it, it makes me think of a battle from "Shadow Links" point of view. I like it, its very different.

on 2005-02-19 12:02:12

Eerie beginning, but fifty seconds without hearing the melody is too long. When we actually get into the guitar solo, it sounds much better. It still has that edgy feel, but now we have a central theme. Very different from just about every other Zelda remix. I like how the melody comes back slightly in the chaos at the end and then everything but the melody is gone. Still, there are too many things that I can't stand about this piece. 6/10

on 2004-10-24 02:04:23

I kinda like how the bass stays the same throughout. It's interesting how the chord changes arn't there, but the melody is still in tune/harmony with whatever chord is present. It's a nice effect, I think.

on 2004-10-23 21:32:44

Bah. Annoys me more than anything else. If there had been bagpipes going in the background, it would've worked, but this just sounds like you put no effort into it. The mind screams "Where's the *^# bassline!"

It's too well-known and loved to leave out, so I can't say I enjoy this one.

on 2004-08-30 19:20:03

Very original take on the Zelda theme. I LOVE the beginning of the song, very ethereal. The electric guitar and the war drums sound kind of like something from a Jerry Bruckheimer film, which I thought was cheesy sounding for a minute, but after listening, it seemed to work well enough. Cool tune, indeed.

on 2004-08-17 04:07:23

wow, this song made me smile as soon as i heard the classic zelda tune played with that electric guitar. the only thing i would improve is the ending. the background sound ends kind of abruptly, instead of fading out.

Corporal Eschebone
on 2004-08-03 04:58:35

Yeah, pretty much what everyone else has said. This mix has a great feel to it. Great guitars and percussion, and the constant noise in the background [guitar on constant reverb?] is very atmospheric.

on 2004-07-29 20:20:39

Very interesting. It's both dark and triumphant, and it turns the Zelda theme into a song of raw determination. The ending to it is very unique and creative and, like the games, leaves me feeling like there's still more to come. It'd make great final boss music.

on 2004-04-01 18:00:04

This piece is simply beautiful, you guys!

The darkness, the foreboding, the pain and dispair - such an wonderfully imaginitive title to give you a small taster of what the track itself has in store.

This remix really did move me, I can feel my heart ache when I listen to this, a longing for release from hopelessness...

*ahem* I mean, truly emotional stuff! Excellent!

on 2004-02-18 17:21:59

This one's great...Definitely, in my opinion, one of the coolest things I've heard in some time. I love the dissonance in it; it almost sends a chill up my spine. This is great work.

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Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 1986, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo

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