ReMix: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest "A Belmont's Curse" 5:24

By MetalvaniaX

Arranging the music of one song...

"Dwelling of Doom (Mansion BGM)"

Primary Game: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, 1988, NES), music by Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima

Posted 2011-01-31, evaluated by the judges panel

So this one's pretty intuitive on sight - it's a Castlevania mix by an artist known as MetalvaniaX. I'll give you three guesses as to the genre/style, and the first two don't count. If you guessed "polka," you're absolutely... in need of medical attention. Foregone conclusions can still rock your face just as hard, though, and this is a pretty strong debut. The artist writes:

"Metal remix of "Dwelling of Doom" (as you could probably guess from the name!). I added my own harmonies, changed some of the riffs a bit, and added some acoustic parts as well. The song is constructed with a beginning, middle and end; it starts fairly close to the original tune, then has an acoustic interlude with a tempo change, before coming back again with an altered riff & solo carrying through from the acoustic section.

The song was written and recorded from September '09 to February '10. I spent a few months on-and-off mastering and tweaking, with the final edit done on the 6th of June 2010. Yeah, I'm not the fastest worker... but this was my first time really getting to grips with the software, and the whole "mastering" process. I ended up re-recording the song three times, starting from almost scratch twice cause I wasn't happy with where it was going. I think I'm finally ready to accept it as finished!"

I know many of us can relate to the belabored, iterative creative process of retakes and remastering and starting over again, and from my personal experience, it makes the finished track just a bit sweeter since all of that's finally behind you. The beginning plays it very close to the source, but things take off from there, and while the cymbals sizzle a bit and repetition is used to extend the duration, it's solid rock/metal arrangement, it's Castlevania, and you're probably gonna dig it. OA writes:

"Starts out pretty coverish, but with some solid playing. Production sounded powerful and clean, and though there were some minor intonation issues in some of the rhythm guitars, overall I was feeling it. I was worried that it'd be too much on the conservative side, but you do expand things pretty well, and though I think the track goes on a little longer than it absolutely needed to, it didn't drag enough to get tedious. Pretty nice first submission, i'm excited to hear more from you."

Vinnie adds:

"Cool arrangement. I was a little bummed that the first section held to the original so closely (and at a slower tempo too, it bordered on sounding sluggish), but starting with the acoustic section and after, it's pretty tight. Nice variety of drums to add dynamics to the early sections."

This same source was goat's debut ReMix back in 2002, before we even HAD computers OR the Internet, and it's interesting to compare & contrast the two arrangements. Solid stuff from MvX that shows an ability to rock out, expand on an arrangement, and employ both electric and acoustic guitars to great, dynamic effect.



Latest 13 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-03-22 05:41:55

This is great work. I'm interested in using this track for a recent production I put together with some friends, involving the NCAA tournament and Dungeons and Dragons. I'd love to know if this possibility exists.

on 2012-09-26 11:24:24

Hard hitting gothic metal, not a bad thing on a slow day like this. But wait, what's this? An acoustic guitar area as well? Now that is a nice idea consider how close the intro was. Any kind of change-up just takes it to that next level. I like how it sort of eased back into the metal bits, like something that arrived with purpose. This is something that someone can walk to and feel like a badass. Nice work on this.

on 2011-12-06 03:21:05

In a day like this, metal remixes for Castlevania don't seem to grow old. :)

Considering the nature of the source material, I was originally kind of disappointed at the beginning that the tempo of the track was brought down, but given the nature of some of the melody work of the original it can slide. The arrangement starts off fairly simple with some nice interesting drum work to accompany this tense buildup we got there, though things really start shaking up with the acoustic section that comes in that adds in more depth towards this limited source material, similarly with the blues-metal section that comes somewhat after, carrying strong variations through to the end of the track.

Production-wise, the instruments came out clear and were appropriately panned. I sensed a little bit of noise on the recorded acoustic guitars though, which I am assuming comes with the difficulty of using a microphone for those kinds of instruments, though they've been handled fairly well for themselves and made the acoustic solo sections of the track still stand strong.

So, not quite what I was expecting in regards to the source but I still managed to dig this all the same. Going by the name, I am seriously hoping you'd continue to melt our faces off with future submissions and take these arrangements to the next level :)

on 2011-04-07 13:30:09

This mix has a nice introduction, showing a lot of presence in the beginning, but where I think it really shows a new perspective of the Castlevania remixes, is from 1:25 onwards. The calmer, more fluid acoustic mix is much more inviting to me, giving me a more interested feeling, and helping me to want to hear more.

Good remix, I will look for more of your work.

Martin Penwald
on 2011-03-26 01:40:51

The acoustic part is a nice break from the rest of the remix, and the transition back to the heavier stuff is handled very well.

I think the remix is a little too long, though. For me, there's just not enough (melodic) variation to keep it interesting for five and a half minutes.

on 2011-02-14 07:42:48

More Castlevania metal? yes please!

Awesome mix!

on 2011-02-04 14:55:19

Straight awesome =D.

on 2011-02-03 18:44:31
Wow, the acoustic part was a true surprise!

omg thnx 4 spoiler alert NOT!


A great remix. I really like what was done with the source. I'll be rocking out to this one for a while, I can tell. I look forward to hearing this remixer's future works!

on 2011-02-01 08:49:14

While it does start sounding like a direct cover, I say that you may as well sound like the best whenever that's an option. Extremely idiomatic stuff in that first 1:30, even though it's extremely similar to the source.

The acoustic section has a slick countermelody that's really exciting to hear. I wonder if including it earlier would have helped the opening metal section differentiate itself from the source material?

The breakout from the acoustic section is nice and slow, getting us accustomed to hearing the awesome electric stuff again.

Nice solo stuff going on at 3:50. Good separation of lead from backup material here also -- the extra effort you put into mastering has obviously paid off.

Since the edgy style of the first 1:30 doesn't come back at the end, it makes me wonder what its place was to begin with. Perhaps on your next submission you choose one style or the other?

Good first submission -- I'd like to hear what you do with a full-out acoustic track down the road.

on 2011-01-31 13:59:36

Wow, the acoustic part was a true surprise! Solid arrangement. Very good job! :nicework:

on 2011-01-31 13:38:03

Roxing the Castlevania? Spot on. Awesome remix, excellent everything.

on 2011-01-31 12:28:33

The acoustic segment was a nice break from having my face rocked off. :lol:

on 2011-01-31 11:33:49

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, 1988, NES)
Music by Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima
"Dwelling of Doom (Mansion BGM)"

Tags (4)

Metal, Rock
Electric Guitar

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