Posted 2002-01-19, evaluated by djpretzel


Lufia II's been covered, but this is our first submission from the first of Taito's SNES RPG series. Sonic Blade's accompanying comments with this were so much fun I couldn't possibly leave y'all out of the action: "You're up against the biggest threat of your life. You're scared like a 3 year old at a Metallica concert. These four warlords are gonna EAT YOU FOR BREAKFAST. This is the first part of the remix, the symphonic part. It's admittedly not very scary, but I wasn't trying for scary. I was trying for...'moody'...and...'Get this thing accepted'. Then you wise up. Your punk-self can handle anything, right? The guitars come in, you get your courage back, and you start kicking @$$ all around town. Then you whoop the enemy and become the Pimp Of The World. The end." Now how can anyone resist a narrative like that? :) Nice instrumental work that does indeed, as promised, mutate into hyrbid orchestral / metal, with some ballsy guitars.

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Melbu Frahma
on 2011-12-07 20:41:43

Enjoyed this song riiiight up until the guitar came in, and then... ow. Just ow. :-( The arrangement itself is actually really good, though; particularly the first half is great listenin'. But that guitar really shows its age.

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Rexy
on 2011-12-03 19:27:19

A 3-year-old at a Metallica concert. Gotta admit that part of the writeup was modestly funny. :razz:

For what it is, it managed to be a decent arrangement; partially true to the source but there's been enough done to the melody to really give it an extra touch.

However, the 10 years that have gone by haven't really been too kind to the production, the awkwardly-humanisation-less track and the samples in general. People have managed to handle MIDI banks well and craft something really delicate out of them in the modern era (most notably Iggy Koopa) but with something like this it's shown its age almost too much with the publication.

I do recall hearing some more polished material from Sonic Blade over at VGMix since though (most notably that remix medley), so it's not all that bad. I do however think that given the chance he could've been able to refine this so much more in regards to levels and general energy, but for now it's average at best.

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Bahamut
on 2009-09-21 02:40:12

I remember liking this mix way back!

...Unfortunately, as I've grown up, I've learned to recognize some shortcomings. Here, with such a moving approach, it definitely could've been expanded upon. Sure, the sampled guitar hurts, but the song could be taken further to glorious heights, or an expansion of the sorrowful atmosphere. The ending just cuts it way too short!

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justinj212
on 2009-01-13 20:30:13

I really like it up to the guitar, but unfortunately I agree and I think the guitar should probably be replaced. Really emotional and moving stuff up to that point tho!

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DragonAvenger
on 2008-10-27 21:20:56

Oh man, the guitar. Wow. :(

Melody is very nice, sounds are used well, even if they aren't the greatest quality. I enjoyed this one up to the guitar.

Also, the submission comments...wow.

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OA
on 2007-01-02 11:41:27

There is some nice interpretation here with a solo cello adding some unique melodic touches, and things are looking up, but then the "guitar" comes in, and it's so tinny it hurts my ears. :(

Beforehand was decent, though some of the string samples weren't very good, though they were used pretty well.

Enjoy the first half of the mix, but beware...

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avaris
on 2006-12-16 23:19:17

Lufia is one bad ace game. This is def one of the best source tunes from the series.

Music technology has really shot through the roof in the last couple years yet the sound design is still relevant and def enjoyable by today's standards. The strings then guitar combo is def a smart choice for the arrangement of this mix. The whole arrangement is build around building up and displaying the incredible melody of this. Def an emotive piece that is well executed and build around the basic principles of the source tune.

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yourmom
on 2003-06-27 22:05:06

WOW! This is a great mix, one of my favorites! I think its perfect.

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Dark Heart
on 2003-02-28 00:04:40

sounds pretty good and melodic enough....hm....it could be improved in ways but still...its pretty good

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Tyles
on 2002-12-16 18:58:10

This is a pretty cool remix. I downloaded it a while ago and it sounds pretty nice. The orchestral inspired sounds sound trippy and mellow. It's a cool soothing song up until the point where the guitar comes in. Then it starts to rock. heh.

The guitar tone isn't as Metallica-ish as I assumed it would, but it sounded cool. I love the part (1:58/0:40) where the piece from the orignal blends in with the guitar. It made me wanna play Lufia again. Cool remix.

*revives topic from the dead*

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oh yeah, the only thing i dont like about this remix is that it's too short :)

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Ginnsu
on 2002-07-18 14:16:12

I have one word about this matter: LAME ! :twisted:

Oh yeah, and one more thing: EVEN MORE LAME

That is all.

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Mac Falcon
on 2002-07-18 13:26:03

I can't let the only review of a good piece be one that insults it, sorry. This is a well done ReMix with a difficult track to begin with. Maybe I am not skilled in the art of music making but the bit rate sounds fine to me. Good job on a classic game track.

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Ginnsu
on 2002-05-26 15:01:37

Lufia The Fortress of Doom 'Fear and Courage'

Not good at all, this makes me sad. It’s really a horrible thing when a bit rate ruins a song, especially one so well done. I love this piece of music, but I wouldn't listen to it much just because of the fact that the bit rate destroys it. Fix it, Sonic Blade.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Lufia & The Fortress of Doom (Taito, 1993, SNES)
Music by Yasunori Shiono
Songs:
"The War Dead of the Island of the Void"

Tags (12)


Genre:
Rock
Mood:
Aggressive, Angry, Dark, Epic, Sad, Solemn
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Orchestral, Strings
Additional:
Time > 3/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Slow

File Information


Name:
Lufia_&_The_Fortress_of_Doom_Fear_and_Courage_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
1,936,441 bytes
MD5:
d4b2117f51a0c69c4ed4bd285dd42df9
Bitrate:
96Kbps
Duration:
2:34

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