Posted 2012-02-23, evaluated by djpretzel
We JUST posted a Chrono Trigger mix, so now let's move on to something a little more obscure... oh wait ;) Of this heavy metal take on multiple FF7 themes, newcomer Skummel Maske, aka Thomas Bullock, writes:
"I actually started this arrangement with LuIzA's Fire Cross in mind. The general idea was a dark, heavy picture of Final Fantasy VII, focusing on Sephiroth and the tracks related somewhat to him. Musically, it started out as an attempt to blend Opeth's track Deliverance with Sephiroth's theme (Chosen by the Planet), but I drifted somewhat away from that. As I started writing the arrangement, more and more themes came to mind and seemed to fit together perfectly. I barely managed to finish my first mixdown of this for the Magfest 8 Dwelling of Duels competition. I've kept working on the track afterwards, but haven't really felt content with it until now."
Very cool; 'Fire Cross' is definitely a classic, so this is already starting from a great place in terms of inspiration. There's a raw, punkish energy to the drums here, which also reminds me of LuIzA a bit, and it certainly keeps things rolling. Here's a breakdown of the sources, provided by the artist:
"00:00-00:59 - Sephiroth's theme ("Those Chosen by the Planet") - This is my main source for this arrangement
01:09-01:24 - "J-E-N-O-V-A"
01:34-01:53 - Battle Theme ("Those Who Fight")
01:54-02:11 - "One-Winged Angel"
02:16-02:30 - "Those Chosen by the Planet"
02:30-02:44 - "The Great Northern Cave"/"Main Theme" (isn't this called a leitmotif?)
02:44-03:22 - "Birth of a God"
04:07-end - "Those Chosen by the Planet""
From the simple church bell/percussive intro to the manic chugfest that ensues, the arrangement does a pretty solid job of avoiding medleyitis and making the distinct themes interwoven in their frantic, powerful energy. There might be one or two transitions where, due to the sheer familiarity of the sources, it stands out a bit, but overall Thomas has done a great job covering a good, meaty, metal chunk of the FF7 OST in a single, galvanized mix.
on 2013-04-30 16:02:08
The sources that were mixed here were tackled alright in my opinion, and the combinations seemed to work out, but I would have to say that the opening is what worked the best with the bells cutting to the metal. The mix had a great arrangement, good energy and you had enough variation to keep things interesting. Good addition to FF7's library of ReMixes.
on 2012-07-04 08:30:25
I remember this song from DoD - it was a nice kickoff to the DoD MAGFest 8 listening party. This version is a much polished version of that entry, which I'm glad Skummel went back and retooled some.
It flows pretty well, with my main complaint being that towards the end the song sounds a little on the weaker side. I think a buildup with something bigger would have been more appropriate to go out with a bang, but what's there isn't bad. Perhaps it's more of a personal gripe.
on 2012-04-02 08:42:05
This is not a bad mix, the main theme fits well, and most of the songs used also fit well with the style.
But the whole song sounds like each section was forced.. they all sound good a metal renditions, but not good "together" and J.E.N.O.V.A. does not fit at all really. If you were to take each one of these songs and mix it as a separate son, it would be bad ass. Unfortunately they don't play well with others.
on 2012-02-23 23:59:14
I'm a bit iffy on this one for a few reasons. I'm just not sure the synthesizer bits really fit well with the full-on heavy metal direction you were going for. If you're looking for examples of what may work better, Check Artificial Fear(Either YouTube or just Google it) for his ff7 songs. It's a good song, and you don't often get heavy metal medleys that often. It just would've been nice with a little less synth and a few more guitar solos. Pretty nice.
on 2012-02-23 22:48:16
Another familiar song... I worked with this late 2010 and produced a (what I would now consider pretty bad).
Nice to see it floating around again!
on 2012-02-23 21:53:12
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Sources Arranged (6 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "Birth of a God"
"Let the Battles Begin!"
"The North Cave"
"Those Chosen by the Planet"
- Electric Guitar
- Arrangement > Medley
Origin > Competition > Dwelling of Duels
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