Posted 2002-06-23, evaluated by djpretzel
Dig the fun name :) Been quite awhile since we heard from Khalal, but he returns in style with an epic Metal Gear medley that covers much of the game's music with a heavy orchestral synth rock style that well suits the whole 'tactical espionage' thang that Konami's done so well with. I will say that I actually enjoyed the coverage of the very first theme the most - much ass kickage at 0'50" - so it went a little downhill for moi, but not that far at all, and stayed energetic and full throughout. Dig the marimba break riffs at 1'54" and the well-played transition at 2'19" into an entirely, dramatically different segment in 6/8 time. Following a barrage of hard-hittin' yet brief coverage of a couple other themes, at 4'19" the main theme on which the mix exits comes in, with a sense of grandeur, determination, and purpose. At times the cumulative effect of all parts combined, in some of the sections, made the mix a little too thick, clouding individual details, but overall this is a very impressive homage to the entire MG soundtrack, and converts the dramatic transitions and wild arpeggios common to Konami music of the era to rock quite adeptly. Recommended.
on 2019-06-13 13:08:00
While not exactly a timeless classic, it's a fun representation of where the quality level was at early on in the site's history - my younger ears enjoyed it then, as now, although I concede it sounds like it has more than a bit of the hokey 'medley'-itis listening to it now.
on 2014-02-02 17:32:40
Mmmm, well, I can't say this holds up quite that well compared to other older ReMixes I've heard, but it's not like it's horrible or anything like that. I probably would have loved this ten years ago, but right now, at least the transistions are done in a way that shows that this had work put into it, and I can respect that. Not a terrible ReMix at all, but not a favorite.
on 2011-09-04 06:47:45
Sounds pretty retro. I really enjoy this because it pulls no punches, it decides what it wants to do and it does it. Whether intentional or not, the deteriorated samples exude that classic 80s synth action movie score vibe, which fits the Metal Gear universe to an absolute tee. What's really cool is that it not a brisk medley, and yet it stays quite varied despite its unremarkable samples. I wouldn't say this is a landmark in remixing by any means, but it's epic for what it is.
I had sections I liked better than others and transitions that could have made a little more sense, but that's part and parcel with these sort of long-winded medleys. I enjoy the old-school sound of this old mix, and I'm convinced that this is the ideal way to listen to Metal Gear tracks.
on 2010-09-22 20:47:53
Tracks 2, 4, 7, 9, and 12 are the original songs I can identify (in order). [11/24 edit: I just recently found track 8 in here, too, between 7 and 9. Funny how I missed that.] Although they aren't given much rearrangement treatment, the transitions hardly detract from the flow - every tone/tempo/etc. change instantly puts me in a new mindset while keeping the beat, energy, and variety intact. In particular, I totally dig 3:00-3:17, which puts me in mind of Castlevania (but then again, this is Konami), and 3:47-4:16, the fiercest section (IMO) that pulls no punches (the choir adds a devilishly serious aura to it).
on 2008-12-06 19:10:29
I love this; it's a pretty blatant medley, but it's pulled off so well, it's what a medley should sound like, not a mere pastiche of motifs slapped together with little rhyme or reason--the transitions aren't seamless, but they don't feel like they need to be.
on 2008-03-21 17:21:55
Awesome! Really great!
on 2008-03-07 12:50:12
Pretty weak transitions give this a medley feel, but you really can't deny the quality of a lot of these themes.
Production is pretty muddy, but for fakey synth rock it has a decent amount of power behind it. That main theme is so good I can forgive that it's not much more than a straight up group of covers with some new drums, but no way in hiz-ell that this would make it nowadays. It almost sounds like a blueprint for that famous Virt track.
There are some cool touches, like the in-game sound effects used rhythmically at the beginning, and a few unexpected instruments (marimba?!) tucked away in the synth rockage. It hasn't aged all that well, but it's still a good listen, due to the source used.
on 2007-10-06 08:52:45
I think that the remix is fantastic, but I just wonder which songs are being remixed, i.e. what their names are...
on 2006-03-30 08:34:08
This is really a classic remix. MG for NES wasn't really that hot but the music was really good (a good chapter in MG series music history, really; the MSX music has been redone in new games, but NES music should have been given some prominence too, being the redeeming factor of the disowned game) Egh, I'm rambling again. Sorry. Anyway, this is a great remix of good music; as a collage of the original game's tracks, it works just fine.
In the end of day, this is what I really think is a classic mix (probably because it was among the first songs I downloaded from remix.overclocked.org, just redownloaded it in hopes of getting a non-garbled version and that was what I got =) *slap* sorry, rambling again ) It hasn't really aged too badly either. Good song. Grab it. Nice title too, yeah. =)
on 2005-08-21 02:52:39
this is cool. metal gear for the old nes had some great tunes and this remix gives them new life.by the way dig the cool name.i love the part at 3:26 were the boss battle part kick's in that song haunts me to this day fighting metal gear is hard and this part just add's to the already tough battle. any way love this mix and if anybody is looking for a heavy verson of the out side music check out vgremix.com and look for the song punching dog's.peace linkwolf
on 2004-11-15 17:15:59
I looooove Metal Gear. It makes my Snake solid. No, really.
This track is a great medely of practically every Metal Gear BGM I can remember and every one of them is a keeper, except one - the last one, around 4:20. I always hated that BGM in the game and I'm now convinced that no amount of remixing can ever save it. Nice try just the same.
The rest of the track is great. Kudos on nailing the transitions between pieces, that's a serious pain in the ass to do. I especially loved the black metal-ish supercomputer organ thingie. Evil!
on 2004-10-03 21:00:00
The title alone deserves a 10/10.
I like this, mainly because I'm a techno/dance kind of person. It stays true to the two tracks remixed and adds some variation.
on 2003-09-24 19:14:35
This is definitely one of the highest-quality remixes at OC. A lot of effort was obviously put into it. Every digital effect seems hand-picked. It's that rare programmed song that emulates the expression of a live performance (in style, not sound). The main theme really shines at :50. Then, at 1:23, a particular melody line is repeated with an electric guitar rhythm pattern in the background. It's those subtle touches that make this easy to listen to. My biggest compliment is the deference to the melody. Too many remixes go overboard with 1/16 techno effects and forget that they're trying to remix MUSIC. This one stays faithful to the catchy Nintendo melodies, but really modernizes them in sound and expression. That's pretty much the OC Remix mission I guess, so fans should definitely download this one.
on 2002-09-06 23:34:36
Yeah, it's hard not to make fun of the engrish. Anyhow, this mix kicks ass. There's some great stuff going on, and the transciever noises at the begining are quite nostalgic. This mix kept me interested for the full length of it, which is outstading, considering the mix is 5+ minutes long. Download it now, if you haven't already.
on 2002-09-03 14:53:12
I didn't recognize anything other than the first theme (can't get past the first truck... grr.) Auuuuugggghhhh--I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!
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Metal Gear (Ultra Software, 1987, NES)
Music by Kazuki Muraoka
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