Newcomer bXmMusic (Brandon McKagan) hits us with some heavy metal/rock action on the SMW 'Sub Castle' theme:
"A metal remix of probably one of the darkest songs in Mario history (in my opinion.) I have had this song in my mind for a couple of years, and finally when the time came around the corner, "Bowser is a Champion" came along!"
While unfortunately the project files were lost and we can't obtain a higher quality copy, Brandon's put together a mighty fine arrangement that hits hard but also changes things up quite a bit & keeps it interesting. I especially like the ending sequence, which fades out on a twangy electric git that recalls the source instrumentation. The mix of staccato hits and sustained power shreds & the softer reprieve @ 2'48" that gives you time to put your (melted) face back on are both highlights as well. Nutritious writes:
"Very clean soundscape given the intensity of the arrangement. I was also worried about repetition in the first third of the song initially - it didn't sound like you were ever going to take on the second half of the melody. But it turns out you were just saving it for later. Nice litte break at 2:20 and the changeup at 2:48 was very unexpected, but not unwelcome. Overall, performance was excellent. Very solid guitar chops on display here, take note guys."
This mixpost was delayed for a long while as we tried to coordinate with the artist to obtain a higher bitrate encode, which didn't end up working out, but I'm glad we're finally posting it, and I'm hoping he submits some of his other (excellent) work in the future. In the meantime enjoy this strong, energetic, & powerful debut from bXmMusic!
on 2013-08-02 02:34:16
Major Props man!! This whole track is like an epic roller coaster ride through the castle. As a person who still thinks that Super Mario World is today one of the greatest video games ever made, I feel you've made a wonderful tribute to the game with this piece. Love it!
on 2013-07-21 03:32:20
I appreciate this community so much. I have never been a part of something so welcoming in the sense of constructive criticism and nice comments.
I have definitely kept notes of your guy's comments and I will make sure that I am up to people's standards next time around as this mix was made in 2011.
on 2013-07-20 13:00:19
This is a song I had on repeat for awhile. Since I am always drawn to the musical genre, I had to embrace this further than normal. I love the beginning piece of it feeling somewhat mellow then the transition into the hardcore part. It oozes great change ups that keep it from being too repetitive and the piano piece was a nice surprise. Overall, I really enjoyed the remix! :3
on 2013-07-11 14:42:17
I see what everyone is saying about the first part there. Even with my techno preference favoring iterative repetition-which this absolutely has-I agree. That section overstays its welcome by about 20 seconds. But during that section, I love how he iterates on the motif using several different metal styles.
The transition to piano and pad actually REALLY works for me, largely because it could have been extremely jarring, but the artist fit it together very well. Furthermore, it makes sense in the context of Bowser's character. There's a gentleman in there somewhere, and we've been introduced to that fellow through the backgrounds and settings that Bowser keeps around himself. Furthermore, it adds the silence within the thunder-compositional balance, negative space, whatever you want to call it. It's contrast, and it is interesting.
on 2013-07-11 01:26:58
My feelings are much like Deia's. The one very short part of the source gets a whole lot of attention, especially but not entirely for the entire first half, I did feel like it got old. And the total changeup to piano pad at 2:48 was too much for me. I actually thought ending sequence worked better; even though I'm not a huge fan of fade-outs, it kept the guitar going, so at least it seemed like part of the same song.
The metal playing is great, there's a lot to like about many of the arrangement decisions, and production and soundscape are pretty solid. Looking forward to seeing more growth from this remixer.
on 2013-07-10 11:34:49
Going to have to agree with what others have already said in that some things were iffy, but the pros were large in number and the variety in different kept things from getting repetitive. Nice debut, indeed.
on 2013-07-09 20:16:27
A few iffy transitions, but strong mixpost. Great job!
on 2013-07-09 16:19:25
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