Posted 2009-08-25, evaluated by djpretzel

The Bad Dudes (with a badass site design from Mazedude) released their latest album, Chronotorious, on August 18th, and fans of the music of Chrono Trigger (read: everyone) are in for a treat. It features sixteen cuts by artists who should be quite familiar and who've established consistent, impressive track records of being talented and musically awesome over the years here on OCR and elsewhere. Dhsu and Mustin collab for this sweet bit of funkiness that features mellow EP, very syncopated hip-hop beats, string stabs, and morbidly obese (e.g. FAT) saw synths playing bass and lead roles. Interesting changeup at 2'25" with faster, steadier, dirtier drums, leading into the solo piano conclusion, where you can hear the tail end of the cool background ambience trail off into the distance, bookending the piece. It's relatively short, but oh-so-sweet, and speaks to the refined, polished, slick, and musically rich type of pieces the 'Dudes routinely craft. Bottom line is, if these guys can make a great album of nothing but Sagat arrangements, you better believe they can do wonders with one of the best game soundtracks of all time. 'Nuff said.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2014-10-16 14:08:28

This is what I call super-duper smooth. Awesome sad piano intro. And then bump. Oh yeah... Though, I don't like that abrasive section at the end. Outro is lovely 3 And yeah, I prefer this version to the original.

on 2009-12-21 22:12:22

Yeah, on the album version the solo piano threw me off a bit just because it doesn't seem to have anything to do with the actual track - I had the same problem with Dhsu's collab with Sixto, the piano was really misleading and, although it sounded great on its own, didn't seem to fit in well with the track. The radio edit feels a lot more natural by showcasing parts of the song where the piano and Mustin's instruments mix more seamlessly. The outro where the piano was again featured felt a LOT more appropriate for the song :-)

Other than that, great choice in synths, the bass especially is really insane. Also, I don't hide the fact that I'm a sucker for electric pianos so that aspect of the mix really stood out for me, too!

big giant circles
on 2009-10-06 11:59:29

Very slick and smooth--like a greased up bowling ball!

(I meant that as a good thing)

Nice work, brothaz!

on 2009-09-30 21:42:25

I guess a new job will do this to you, but I had meant to put my 2 cents in about this a while back. This is probably the first Magus remix that I can say has really done something for me. It's true to the original, with enough of a change in style to keep it interesting, and very smooth, one of those oneups trademarks that I love.

Since I have the CHRONOTORIOUS album, i downloaded this "Radio Edit" version out of curiosity to see what the differences were. If for some reason you haven't checked out the album yet and consider yourself a CT music fan, you're definitely missing out (and I don't just mean on the original version of this track, it's an awesome album).

As for the comparisons, I really like the piano intro in the album version that at first, sounds very little like the Magus theme. It really sets the stage quite nicely for the "secondary intro" that brings the Magus theme to the forefront which is where this particular version begins.

on 2009-09-24 10:24:04

Pretty funky stuff, I dig the deliberate epiano that moves from strong and punchy to fluid on a dime. Nice synth, and a great bassline too. Percussion was nice, and it was a very cool direction to take the source track.

Ending was really strange and not terribly cohesive, but the rest was rockin.

Nice work guys. :-)

Martin Penwald
on 2009-09-17 15:20:16

Awesome production. The instrumentation, especially the synth, really make this one shine.

Sam Ascher-Weiss
on 2009-09-05 15:01:13

The dream team back again!

on 2009-09-03 14:58:52
Finally got the album in the mail, loving it.

Does the secret track have a name? Because I hate having stuff listed in my iTunes without a proper name.

Pretty sure Mustin said it was "Prayer".

on 2009-09-03 13:43:15

Finally got the album in the mail, loving it.

Does the secret track have a name? Because I hate having stuff listed in my iTunes without a proper name.

Elex Synn
on 2009-09-02 15:21:20

Now this is some sexy shit right here!

If Magus were to own a upscale gentleman's club, this song would be the theme music for it (don't ask). And that 2:29 mark leaves me wanting more, but instead I'm left crying as the end rolls in and cleans up the drool hanging off my mouth. :puppyeyes:

on 2009-08-28 17:57:54

This is one of my favorite tracks from the CD, which is a great work overall. Fantastic blend of elements, not to mention it lives up to it's title.

As for all those doubting legality, mustin's one of those guys who's gone through the trouble of not producing just one, but several pay-for arrangement albums. Yes, he's profiting, but he's also aqquired licencing and is paying royalties. He's not making a quick buck using other people's work without permission. Support this! This CD is very high quality, and is worth every penny!

on 2009-08-28 17:55:45

Fantastic work. Dhsu and Mustin, you two are excellent together.

on 2009-08-28 13:12:06

Nice. Sounds vaguely Persona-ish.

Believe me ... if anyone understands that legal mumbo jumbo, it's Mustin.

Dude, there is no way this could be legal.

on 2009-08-27 17:56:14

Hmm...sounds pretty good.

I decided to go ahead and buy the album.

At any rate, it's nice to be able to support you guys and get something in return.

on 2009-08-27 14:51:56

Holy ninja-submit, Batman! And I was totally about to ask Mustin if it was okay to send this to OCR, haha.

Glad everyone's liking it and interested in the album - rock on.

Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square , 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu,Noriko Matsueda,Yasunori Mitsuda
"Magus Confronted"
"Schala's Theme"

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