ReMix:Chrono Trigger "Devotio Aeternus" 3:55

By Darangen

Arranging the music of 2 songs...

"Ocean Palace", "Schala's Theme"

Primary Game: Chrono Trigger (Square , 1995, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2013-08-16, evaluated by the judges panel

2013 continues to cement its status as the best year EVAR for artist comebacks, and here to further that trend is none other than Darangen! We last saw Michael Boyd almost seven years ago, with a sweet Lufia ReMix, and now he's back to rock us all out with some Chrono Trigger!! This track was resubbed twice and revised based on panel feedback into a final incarnation that really shows what Michael is capable of; I'm thrilled he stuck with it & persevered through revisions and technical difficulties as well:

"I thought I had lost this with a computer crash after an obviously incompetent computer repairman told me it was irretrievable. Luckily I had a few friends who were able to guide me through restoring most of it. I still had to redo some things but most of it was salvaged well enough. Anyway, here was my original write-up:

Oh noes, a Schala mix! There’s a reason everyone remixes Schala though. I was listening to Chrono Symphonic at work one day and Rellik’s “Beneath The Surface” came up. That got me thinking about the undersea palace theme and through various other tracks with Schala’s theme, I eventually started molding them together in my head. Then this track was born. Its working title was Killer Studio Chops. It’s somewhat symphonic heavy metal. Schala’s theme has been converted to 3/4, and the section in the intro is in 11/8. I tried swapping between 3/4 and 4/4 for the two sources, but it just wasn’t gelling like I wanted it to. I’m happy with the result though. As always, hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it."

There were two main issues - some harshness on the strings, and timing issues with the rhythm guitar - that were holding previous versions of this mix back, but DAMN am I glad they got fixed, because this is one of Michael's best, baddest, most enjoyable mixes to date. Things might still get a little muddy at points, and the timing is a little loose towards the very end, but the majority of this mix is all out of bubblegum, and left with the sole option of kicking ass, which it does. For any minor quibbles one might have, the strength & energy of this interpretive (but still easily recognizable) arrangement easily compensate. The wah guitar soloing alone makes this an awesome ride, and overall the mix fulfilled my mental image of what a badass Darangen comeback mix SHOULD sound like, so I was happy. So was Vinnie:

"The chorus sounds awesome in particular, and I love the solo following the second chorus. So expressive, great tone."

I think this mix will be deservedly popular, as it strikes a great balance betwen interpretation and identifiability, covers some relatively well-known source tunes (to put it mildly), and (especially in this final revision) rocks out with energy, intelligence, and emotion. Great to see you back, Michael!



Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-04-04 20:14:27
Just now, eggsngaming said:

Soooo good! This remix rocks. VERY glad the guitar doesn't overpower the strings. If there was a Chrono Trigger anime back in the 90s, this definitely would've either been the main theme song, or the backing music when Crono and the party are wrecking fools.8)

Of course it's very possible that there WAS a CT anime already but I am blissfully unaware so :P

on 2016-04-04 20:13:42

Soooo good! This remix rocks. VERY glad the guitar doesn't overpower the strings. If there was a Chrono Trigger anime back in the 90s, this definitely would've either been the main theme song, or the backing music when Crono and the party are wrecking fools.8)

on 2013-08-28 12:58:19

Great work! Love the well-done rock style, and the arrangement, musicianship, and effects are pretty well done. I got goosebumps actually :D

on 2013-08-21 20:25:32

Sounds great! I hear a little overcompression but it's not bad. The Gratifier/Ultrasonic-esque guitar tone could have used a little less distortion, but other than that, intense mix.

on 2013-08-20 11:11:21

So awesome to hear many great artists making a comeback in the past year, and I've missed Darangen's work so. Guitar work sounds better than ever, the actual arrangement is amazing and the production for the most part doesn't disappoint at all. Wonderful job blending two great themes together with your style of ass-kickery!

on 2013-08-19 07:17:00

Hell yeah, Darangen's tracks rank among my most favourite! So good to have him back in business!

on 2013-08-18 19:59:24

why o why o why o why o why is there STILL not a 'Castle Theme' remix? Rant aside, this remix is sweet, adding it to my collection now.

on 2013-08-18 00:07:03

I'm back :) And I have 7 years of ideas in my head too!

on 2013-08-17 13:05:25

What!? When I saw that Darangen had a 7 years vacation (:P) I couldn't believe my eyes!!

Finally Home is still one of the song I listen to pretty often and I just could not believe it was that old already!! I would have said 2010, maybe 2009 but 2006!?!? I've been listening to that song for 7 years?? Wow..!!

This tells me it is without a doubt a classic for me!! :)

Glad to see you back Darangen!!

PS. Thanks for having made a Lufia remix, Lufia 1-2 are way to underrepresented here..

on 2013-08-16 18:12:07

Excellent. Definitely dig this!

on 2013-08-16 17:39:28


So heavy and recognizable and so much schala chrono trigger.


on 2013-08-16 16:55:06

Awesome arrangement! Ocean palace is probably my favorite song from Chrono Trigger and the mix with Schala's theme works really well. I'm definitely adding this to my playlist.

More please :razz:

on 2013-08-16 15:11:22

Diggin' that 3/4 Schala. Welcome back, Darangen!

on 2013-08-16 13:37:29

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Sources Arranged (2 Songs)

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

Tags (7)

Electric Guitar,Orchestral
Origin > Resubmission
Time > Tempo: Fast

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