ReMix:Chrono Cross "Dragon's Prayer: The Blackened Desire" 3:22

By Destiny, zykO

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dragon's Prayer"

Primary Game: Chrono Cross (Square , 1999, PS1), music by Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2004-03-22, evaluated by djpretzel

Destiny, formerly known on OCR as Helen Trevillion, collabs with zyko on this very professional, electric guitar-driven Chrono Cross arrangement that's really quite impressive - a little bit of everything: delicate bell piano and choral work, filtered analog synth goodness, and heapin' helpin' of old-fashioned rock whoopass. Check out the feedback work at 1'06" and the red meat power chords that folllow, with a nice key change directly aftterwards; as good as Helen's first submission was, this takes things up a couple notches, and is really a strong piece. The intro makes this clear right away, with zyko's dramatic and powerful layered guitar textures coming in right away, but with the underlying arrangement not being drowned out and also showing its polish with heavy drums and atmospheric crystalline patterns underneath - actually, this reminds me of some of the new Christmas arrangements being put out by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra quite a bit; similarly excellent, screaming electric guitar mixed with melancholy semi-classical cooly beautiful frozen motifs. At any rate, in its three minutes and twenty-two seconds this mix is concise, tight, and very, very slick; this is a textbook example of a collaboration that has truly capitalized on both artists' skillsets without losing anything from each in the process. Recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2021-06-12 22:57:14

I'm surprised this is only on OCR. It feels like something that'd be elsewhere, like Dwelling of Duels. (It's on VGMix Archive twice actually, but both the same quality/version as this.)

I'm also surprised there's basically 0 flaws here for its time! I'm floored right now. I mean, I've heard this many times before, but going through my favorites, this is one now.

on 2015-12-27 22:43:01

Good melancholic metal. 1:09 is downright angry. The guitar tone is a bit strange, but tolerable. I like the constant bells in the background, very good for atmosphere. Good mix.

on 2010-10-17 00:06:06

I love this mix very very much, but I have one question. What happened to the high note at 1:31?

on 2009-12-14 02:16:29

Melodic metal.....

It's as if someone took a music box and then wrote the metal accompaniment.

I completely agree with previous sentiments about everything here meshing extremely well together.

There's really a LOT going on here, each at different speeds, and doing their thing, which makes for a fun listen.

I have to admit that I didn't really care for this the first time I listened, but this is definitely one of those tracks that grows on you.

on 2007-09-06 01:38:00

I love collabs that are greater than the sub of their parts. I was always surprised by how well Helen and weed's styles came together, but the combination is just seamless here. Stylish.

on 2007-08-14 11:47:46

Is that a jet taking off at the beginning?

Cool ideas and nice contrast between the few sections; some of the rhythm guitar playing seems a little too loose for my tastes (though perhaps it's just my playing that is too stiff?), but there are a ton of parts layered throughout and that makes things seem more severe timing-wise than they would be with a thinner sound; I'll go with the thicker tone personally.

Very nice panning on the squeals and such, it gives a feeling of an army of guitarists all headed through a snowy valley, judging by the backing track, which is also pretty sweet. Lots of continually shifting textures and good sample usage throughout.

I really didn't enjoy the original, but this mix really takes the material and makes it into something a lot more interesting.

Great collab.

on 2005-01-02 11:09:15

I like the original better, but this one is still very nice.

on 2004-08-26 22:03:10

I don't think that it fits with the profile of the Chrono series, It seems more castlevainia-esque to me. but still excellent.

on 2004-08-11 14:26:01

This song was awesome! I wish that they had this one in the game itself. They really should have it in the game... Tis better than the original :D

on 2004-07-09 19:22:01

This is awesome! Remixes like this is the reason why Visit this site! This song reminds me of a RPG bossfight...I think that RPGs should have a lot more different music tracks for different bossfights...this would go perfect with the Black Dragon bossfight in Chrono Cross! I love the mix of electic Guitar and the errie sound that the other instruments give...I give this remix a 9/10... Great stuff!

on 2004-04-23 21:00:09

And here I never thought there would be any CC remixes of songs that weren't too important in the actual game. And here it is, a song that had very little role in the game (though it was quite good) with an excellent remix to boot. It's different from most CT/CC stuff, in a good way. It's quite a different style than the original "Dragon's Dream" song and doesn't sound very rpg-ish. But the loud guitar contrasts really well with the soft bell piano that pops in occaisionally. Very big super extra special awesome recommendation.

on 2004-04-13 10:11:30

Fourth week on this and I'm still loving it! I can't believe how great this is: the guitar, the bell piano...Everything! Wish there was more bass, though. Thanks for this wonderful piece!

on 2004-03-30 20:29:54

One of the best things about frequenting the WIP forum (which i havent had the time to do for a while now) is that I have heard some of the greatest songs long before they ever get posted on OCR. This song in particular stands out as having been excellent in its WIP days, and i have been waiting for it to get the attention it deserves.

Great work to the both of you.

on 2004-03-29 19:08:38
:!: This is simply excelent! I usually don't like the kick ass beginings or any for of electric gituar for that matter. It's just in there so artisticly. Then, when the softer shimes comes in, it makes me think of looking at the ruins of a palace. Some peices regal and intact, making the roughness seem more unbearable at first, then it all becomes understandable. It's beautiful, vuglar and strange, but beautiful. I used it as an excuse for noise while I wrote my Science Fair Report. :D Hehe! It also makes me think of being in a cave and looking up to see a high vaulted celing with fine crystal hung from above, lit with candels and shinning brightly amongst the dank gloom. (I'm a wery strange person, who writes too much) :!:
on 2004-03-29 17:12:25

Whee. Thanks very much for the comments people ^_^

Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Chrono Cross (Square , 1999, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
"Dragon's Prayer"

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