Posted 2007-03-02, evaluated by djpretzel
Hot off the presses... this used to be called simply "Monstrous Turtles", but Larry suggested the small yet completely essential addition of exclamatory punctuation, and what could have been an unfortunate mix titling situation was salvaged. Somewhat. Personally, JJT's "Koopacalypse" and my own "One Flew Over the Koopa's Nest" and "Night on Koopa Mountain" were all much better options, but the burden of genius in this sad world of ours is watching others fail to recognize it... and pay the dire, dire consequences. While Mr. Aversa may not be the resident king of Christening his auditory output, let this reflect in no way upon its actual quality, which is as per usual quite high. He channels a sound that somewhat resembles some of Protricity's stuff, ReMixing Super Mario World's antagonistic leitmotifs into a menacing and aggressive composition. zircon writes:
"Here's a remix that I did after listening to the source for the first time in a few years. And, in fact, the only reason I listened to it was because I was judging a remix of the same theme. Full circle, or something. Anyway, this mix is just a fun little romp using my favorite blend of styles... hope no one's sick of that by now! By the way, the title is taken from a random sentence in the instruction booklet. :x Enjoy!!"
I for one ain't sick of it; Andy's completely in his element doing the electro-orchestral thing, and this theme works very well with it. I could have sworn I heard a metal version of said theme at MAGFest this year, and perhaps it served as something of an inspiration, too, but my mind could be playing tricks on me; it happens when you reach the old, decrepit age of 27. Pretty soon I'll be wearing mandiapers and pulling my pants up to my chin. In the meantime, highlights include rhythmically gated/chopped choir samples, some fancy wicked runs on the synth lead, delicate synth bells leading into shredding, mean guitar (Monstrous Juxtaposition!), and Andy's signature dish of meaty beats for the children to enjoy. Whether your turtles are monstrous like Koopa, righteous like mutant ninjas, or filled with meat like Gamera, chances are you'll love AA's newest gem. Dig it.
on 2016-02-28 03:13:16
When I first heard the bell-led section at 0:18, I realized I heard almost the same melody in Fungi Forest Night (1:36-1:43) from Donkey Kong 64. Coincidence? Well, what matters is that hearing it in this mix creates an extra air of familiarity, which is never a bad thing.
I'm all over the grungy guitar entering at 1:05 (it encourages me to dance to the main 4/4 beat rather than its own beat for some reason) and the whirling-all-over-the-map arpeggio coming just before - each has its own yin/yang energy signal that doesn't clash with the other, so their simultaneous comebacks at 2:48 provide extra oomph. The machinery-ish percussion is very welcoming the way it eases into the action, especially at 2:11. I also like how the Forest of Illusion cameos are played via evil/somber Christmas bells - you don't want to spend the holidays in THIS castle.
A sweet blend of fun and creepy.
on 2015-04-26 16:29:12
A truly classic legend. No word in the whole world can precisely describe how awesome this track is.
on 2014-03-11 13:53:35
We all are blessed with an 30-minutes-extended remix !!! I waited so long for that! You can hear the cuts but I DON'T CARE!
If the remixer now makes a new extended version of Geographica's remix with repeats (http://ocremix.org/forums/showpost.php?p=283311postcount=78) I can die in peace
on 2013-06-03 18:49:52
This piece certainly is a milestone in quality remixes. There is (by my preferences) no other remix that comes close to this masterpiece.
Keep up the good work, zircon
on 2013-02-06 20:46:06
This song is the background music on one of the new stages in Super Smash Flash 2.
on 2012-11-25 20:03:06
Wow, this fits so well it gives me pins in needles. Good work.
on 2012-07-20 02:04:57
An optional dungeon in the Forever Forest: that's where this remix should be.
Before this remix, I adamantly only listened to original vg music - that changed after my sister sent this my way one day. A year later, Monstrous Turtles holds just as much impact on me as it did then. It's powerful, follows the source, while adding a lot of creepy atmosphere... could go well with a Mario mod for Doom or Quake too.
If I may recommend a map (or possibly a level pack) for one of id Software's old-fashioned first-person shooters (or perhaps even a new FPS), how about a giant, old, crumbling, once-opulent Vlad the Impaler style castle equipped with giant kitchens, a series of dining halls, and basements full of meat-processing machinery such as food processors, ground beef paste squeezers, and gyro spits, and whose purpose is to take human flesh by force, slaughter them, and prepare them into gourmet dishes?
on 2012-07-19 23:51:26
An optional dungeon in the Forever Forest: that's where this remix should be.
It's powerful, follows the source, while adding a lot of creepy atmosphere... could go well with a Mario mod for Doom or Quake too.
on 2012-01-06 21:35:05
When I heard this I instantly thought...'this is going to definitely be one of my favorite mixes on my iPod'. Nuff said
on 2011-04-11 23:55:21
Firstly, this is one of my favorite remixes on all of OCRemix.
Secondly, were you aware that this song is used in a theatre production entitled "Boobs and Goombas"? And by theatre production I mean a Super Mario Burlesque show. Two girls dressed like ghosts dance to it, and... it... was a surprisingly fitting song.
on 2010-12-19 04:06:24
wut.I'm not really a fan of the source
alright, everyone is entitled to their opinion... EXCEPT YOU
anyway. on the topic of this mix, I don't know if I've reviewed it already, but it's probably my personal favorite of andy's work. seriously stellar and chill-inducingly nostalgic
edit: I just read my previous review of this mix where I complained about overcompression or something that probably isn't even real. I must have been under the influence of some ridiculously debilitating drug
on 2010-12-19 03:37:14
Nothing more to be said about this track that hasn't already been said; it's an instant classic and pretty much the definitive take on a theme that's got a lot of solid remixes of it already. Haunting, atmospheric, and extremely intense. One of Zircon's most accessible remixes ever and one of his best, I think.
on 2010-12-17 15:33:08
What am awesome amazing remix .D What can I say about this that hasn't already been said? I really like the quiet parts, like at ~1:45 or so. The minor-key overworld melody is genius, actually it reminds me of the Nutcracker for some reason One of the things that I think you do really well is building up and transitioning, so that the whole piece flows nicely but encompasses different moods. The quiet parts build up to give the bigger more dramatic parts even more impact, if that makes any sense.
We will be keeping this song on our Halloween playlist .D Overall it is just a really badass track.
on 2010-12-16 01:35:33
Hey hey, sounds like a winner to me. I'm not really a fan of the source, but zircon did really well with it. It just goes to show that any mediocre song can be turned into pure awesomeness when placed in the right hands, which is definitely the case here.
on 2010-12-16 01:05:41
I'd say this track would go best in place of tremendous horror. The grey walls of the castles in Super Mario World don't even match up to this. With this song, I think of a once extravagant castle with chipped crystal chandeliers, torn and frayed red tapestries, deep darkness outside, and most importantly a bloody, gory kitchen and dining room with monstrous creepy cooking pots.
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Super Mario World (Nintendo
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Map 5 (Forest of Illusion)"
"Sub Castle BGM"
- Electric Guitar,Electronic,Orchestral,Organ,Synth
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