Posted 2007-07-01, evaluated by djpretzel
It's goat, and it's Contra. Do you REALLY need to know more? Are you still reading this?? Back in the days when dial-up was more common, I could count on at least SOME folks reading my labored-over and often even proofread mix writeups as their bits and bytes trickled in, but in these days of broadband splendor, I fear that a Contra mix from goat means that you already had the mix downloaded by the second sentence, and I'm currently addressing a void. Which is good enough for me, actually: there's plenty of bloggers out there who seem to care not that their lives are of general disinterest to the connected public, and proceed with describing them in detail regardless, so I shouldn't be too hard on myself. Right then, this mix is timed nicely as we just learned in the August issue (#218) of Nintendo Power that game composer and game remix scene VIP Jake Kaufman will be handling the soundtrack to Contra 4 for the DS - very sweet. In the same interview, developer Tomm Hulett said:
"It's my sincere hope that cover bands of the future mine Contra 4 for material. If I catch our songs on [website] OC Remix, I'll be satisfied."
As would we! It's great to see a lot of classic franchises being revived due to the DS (and to some extent, PSP) and its enormous popularity. Fingers crossed that it rocks out; screenshots thus far look promising. But back to the Contra topic at hand... goat writes:
"Hi, this is a rock cover of the energy zone and boss music."
Indeed it is. He's a mountain-climbing quadruped of few words, but he chooses them well. He left out a salient detail in that it also kicks major butt, however, but we'll excuse the oversight and chalk it up to equal parts brevity and humility. This one gets progressively aggressive and ends up totally in your face, giving you major beef, steppin', insulting not only your mother but your third cousin, twice removed, and generally making you its female dog. There's some clean wah effects earlier on that add some timbral variety, but this is mostly about frenetic, adrenaline-pumping guitar hero action rock, and on that count it delivers in spades in its 3'10" lifespan. Great mix title, too: if piranhas could be represented as electric guitars, their behavior after being starved for weeks and suddenly presented with a swimming pool full of unsuspecting youths would sound something like this. Give or take. goat continues bowling 300 with his epic rock arrangements, and this is no exception.
on 2011-12-06 08:13:31
Amazing. This is exactly how I would want a Contra remix to be. Rockin' with high energy. The sources really lend themselves to the style chosen. Definitely lovin' the guitar shredding and face melting solos. Arrangement-wise this is solid and the two themes are intergrated well, even if the Maze fortress theme is a little side-lined. I don't really care though as this is just so enjoyable.
on 2010-11-07 18:16:38
I like goat's lead guitars everywhere in his works. But still I don't like his drums, but after all you listening only guitars)
This mix is AWESOME!!!
on 2010-11-07 15:48:02
Better than Sixto Sounds
BETTER THAN SIXTO SOUNDS
on 2010-09-14 20:59:15
Much better guitar tone in this one from his previous remix. The funk guitar chops in there were interesting, but they still kind of worked in a weird way. Chris focuses on dynamic shifts in this bad boy which is rare surprise for his mixes! The drums have the best in the track from any of his previous mixes, so mad kudos there. The guitar performance is rock fuggin' solid. The man is a human metronome. A straight rock piece without many surprises; goats signature style and he shows his flare on it here! Love the ending. Great work from Mr. Gates!
on 2009-12-06 22:51:13
This packs plenty of energy, and you aren't left wanting more by the end. Nice guitar work all around, and a good track to rock out to. Nice work.
on 2009-02-22 13:52:45
Awesome stuff with great energy. Much like Hidenori Maezawa enjoyed Vertexguy's take on his music, I'm sure he'd say the same for goat. It's got that same level of authenticity to it in terms of bringing the music to a higher level, creating something that sounds like the style the composer had in mind more.
on 2009-01-08 22:48:24
Wait, you people were listening to the drums? They were more than competent enough to stay interesting and headbang to... but guitar! For this we listen to goat, and with this he does not disappoint.
This is a nonstop onslaught from second one with a two-pronged (layered) guitar attack and an incredibly tight arrangement. Each iteration of Energy Zone flows seamlessly into the next with plenty of variation and bits of original material that keep things balanced and butt kicking. Then, enter Boss. Simply wicked. A nice touch is added with the synth at 1:57 that gives the perfect transition into some major riffage. 2:22-2:48 is pure, metal ecstasy; I can't listen to this without jumping out of my chair and wailing on that air guitar.
I'm no metalhead; I can't even handle an axe. I have zero cred to comment on anything technical, but you don't need cred to know how much this rocks. Though the remix section of my player is stacked with goat, chiefly his Castlevania awesomeness, Feeding Frenzy is my hands-down favorite of all his stuff. Simply put: Contra music was made to be remixed like this.
Rock on, goat.
on 2007-08-04 23:13:22
goat strikes again with another tasty jam! Earns a 10/10 in my book!
Keep crankin em out goat!
on 2007-07-20 15:32:16
The guitars sound great, and the arrangement is pretty good.
However, as was mentioned before, the kick drum gets lost in the background sometimes. Which is a pity, seeing as how some kick-ass drum could make this track even better.
on 2007-07-12 20:08:36
From 2:45 on, really caught my attention. For some unkown reason, I see myself playing Ace Combat 5 to this...
Goat strikes again. Nice job.
on 2007-07-12 18:57:26
Rocking track for sure. Great work man.
on 2007-07-02 10:35:37
One of my Favorite Goat tracks, this one really steps it up. Great playing and arrangement, this one will be a favorite of mine I think.
on 2007-07-02 08:48:48
If I close your eyes while listening to this, I'm transported back to the skies of Megakat City, while T-Bone and Razor tear through the skies while pursuing the Metallikats. Nice.
on 2007-07-02 02:42:12
After some of goat's Castlevania mixes, this one seems comparatively scaled back.
Regardless, I totally dig the rock-out style, and the classic Contra touch is always the icing on the cake. Well done.
on 2007-07-02 02:19:14
A spectacular rock-out from 0:00 to 3:10. I noticed a particular lack of the wah-wah pedal relative to some of goat's other songs, which creates a smoother guitar tone, but in no way less wicked. Loved the machine gun licks especially prominent at the end. Fantastic song. Rock on goat.
Sources Arranged (2 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Contra (Konami, 1988, NES)
Music by Hidenori Maezawa, Kazuki Muraoka
- "Flame Fortress (Enemy Base)"
"Maze Fortress 2 (3D Boss)"
- Electric Guitar
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