"I haven't made a remix in a hella long time. So I wanted to do something special, a remix from Chaos Legion for the PS2/PC, which previously hasn't been covered at all. Why?! I don't know, but it has a great soundtrack.
For this remix I used two songs from the ost, the first called "08 - A way to nowhere Stage ~Ruins~" which is the most used source, secondly is "15 - Feel no fear Stage ~Sky Gallery~" which is used partly. Soundtrack was composed by Hideyuki Fukasawa in 2003. The only place I know to hear this soundtrack is on that BlueLaguna website.
For this mix I wanted to retain what I liked about the soundtrack; being the heavy orchestral apocalyptic feel, cool acoustic beats, electric guitar usage and synths. Though the source is used closely, I wanted to mix it up more so than rearrange it. There is however, a lot of input on my side to the flow and arrangement of the two songs. But more importantly is that it retains the feeling of the game, which was my main goal.
I remember this game getting rather lackluster reviews, but many of the reviewers mentioning the soundtrack in a positive light; the composer seems like a groovy guy as well. Cool that we finally have a mix from it, and a good one at that. Alex's aggressive style is always entertaining, and here he mixes some orchestral elements in, even though the arrangement is basically dominated by heavily compressed drums and modulated synth riffs. The source ain't particularly melodic, and Mr. Roe hasn't tried to change that; the mix's somewhat repetitive nature was the primary point of critique amongst the panel. However, things are substantively different and the consistency keeps the groove grooving and the momentum momenting. Larry Ojism writes:
"Nice brief usage of "feel no fear Stage ~Sky Gallery~" from 2:42-2:55. The vox from 2:56-3:22 sounded pretty good, all things considered. The timing was a little rigid, but the note-to-note movement was pretty smooth overall, sounding fairly realistic. So a minor point, but still nicely done. Synth design for a few brief parts could have been more creative, and the production was a bit on the rough side, but this was solid overall. I fully agreed with TO that while the overall arrangement was arguably conservative, things were pretty personalized in terms of the approach."
It's good music for surfin' the INTARWEBS, using The Google, etc., and it's from previously uncovered territory as well, as was Roe's first mix. I love his choice of material, and his technique's improving as well - good stuff.
on 2015-12-17 15:10:51
Nice big beat take on the source. Pretty overcompressed, but I know you've gotten much better these days overall. That fakey guitar though. 0.o Not bad, not great. I do look forward to your future stuff!
on 2008-11-08 05:07:01
This song is so perfect for OCR. It takes an excellent game song, spins it in a markedly different (and dare I say better?) direction that nonetheless would fit perfectly into the original soundtrack, and does so with skill and panache.
on 2008-11-04 06:16:19
This is one of the best tracks of this site.
on 2008-10-02 11:59:51
Hard hitting stuff with some good chord changes, and some slick synth riffage, this is a really nice mix; both suspenseful and dramatic, but driving and aggressive.
The kick seemed a little high pitched, but it was punchy and solid, so it works for me. Otherwise this features some nice transitions, and a great string backing.
I especially liked the breakdown section, great buildup there leading to a tasteful synth solo. A very solid mix, though the ending is just a bit abrupt.
on 2008-01-23 07:52:18
I love this track. Chaos Legion never got enough attention it needs more!
on 2007-09-16 21:40:43
At 0:12, I think the transition from the intro to the mix itself seemed a little too "On the Fence". I thought it needed to either be much more suttle, or a lot less suttle.
I loved the 1:09-1:30, absolutely brilliant.
Transfer at 1:49, same problem as the transfer at 0:12, except in reverse.
Personally I think you should make both transfers less suttle, perhaps prepare the transfer a little earlier, and have it last a bit longer.
on 2007-09-12 08:16:54
This track (the intro especially) gives me a raging boner. The sort that makes me want to take on the world and crush it like a paper cup.
And then sodomise what's left.
This. Is. EPIC.
on 2007-03-30 10:39:22
Its about time someone did Chaos Legion some justice.
on 2007-03-29 16:17:20
Nice, powerful high-energy song. As pointed out above, this is the kind of music you want to listen to when it get's all violent and ugly in a video game (and seriously, don't we all want it to get violent and ugly sometimes?).
on 2007-03-23 05:25:26
Ummm hmmmm let me find just the right word to describe this...
MEGALOMANIACALLY SEXALICIOUS IN A SHOE SERVED WITH A SIDE OF WHOOP-ASS!!!!
Ok, so that took more than 1 word, but F*ck man, I've never even played the game and it hit just the right chord
on 2007-03-21 22:24:49
He sure is!
You know, the more I listen to this, the more I like it. It doesn't get old.
I especially love the way it all comes together at the end.
on 2007-03-21 18:50:47
Alex Roe Is A God!!!!!!
on 2007-03-19 00:45:55
Alex is awesome.
I like this much better after a few listens.
Great work dude, as always... Even without beautiful piano :/
on 2007-03-17 23:57:03
Awesome stuff Roe. It does what every high energy Electronic mix should do... make you wanna friggin kill vampires all hardcore violent like. Which this accomplishes in spades. The strings really give it a good Rob Dougan-ish feel.
JTown Seal of Slaming-a-vampire-face-to-the-floor-by-his-stupid-mouth Excellence.
on 2007-03-17 15:00:38
First of all, major props for Chaos Legion. Second, excellent mix of "Way To Nowhere" and "Feel No Fear"! I don't think its has quite the same feel as the soundtrack, but then it wouldn't be a remix would it? Great job!
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Chaos Legion (Capcom, 2003, PS2)
Music by Hideyuki Fukasawa
- "a way to nowhere Stage ~Ruins~"
"feel no fear Stage ~Sky Gallery~"
- Electronic, Orchestral, Synth
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- Size: 6,132,164 bytes
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