ReMix:Castlevania II: Simon's Quest "Tears of Blood" 3:29

By Joshua Morse

Arranging the music of one song...

"Bloody Tears (Street-day time-Stage BGM)"

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

Posted 2013-10-31, evaluated by Liontamer

Fourth & final is Joshua Morse with a cut off his recently released EP:

"VLAD is a 4-track EP, blending the sounds of EDM, Chiptunes, Jazz, and vampires to pay tribute to the Castlevania series. Each track was arranged and performed by music composer/producer Joshua Morse and this is his 3rd time covering Castlevania.

My goal with this EP was to take my style into a more electronic realm. Doing this meant taking a more EDM-centered approach to each arrangement while staying true to my Jazz roots; I even threw in some Chiptune and Rock!"

While this is certainly more electronic, I still think the heart & soul of JM's style is readily apparent - and appreciated, to be sure. Larry sums it up nicely:

"Now Joshua MORSE with hotness for the club! Are you serious?!? As serious as a stake through the heart! Everyone should already know that Josh & Castlevania are a match made in hell (OK, heaven, but it's Castlevania!) after hearing his 2009 love note to the series with Sonata of the Damned. He's back on another All Hallow's Eve with VLAD, and his new EP is just a great calling card for the many musical talents that make Josh's music unskippable. Especially with "Tears of Blood", the bass thumps and bumps all day, and Josh is reminding me some of Tepid/Blue Satellite (think "G.E.R.U.D.O.") with his shared ability to add awesome levels of dirtyness and funk to the picture. Pure win."

Plenty of glitching/malfunction FX hit you right out of the gate, taking that familiar CV2 'Bloody Tears' pattern and tricking it out before the melody comes in @ 0'36" during a dentist-drill build into 0'52"; what's readily apparent from this mix is that Morse is taking his full bag of tricks, attention to detail, and tendency to keep you guessing with him as he explores a more electronic sound, and that's a GOOD thing. Plenty of electronic music features all sorts of surprises from a production perspective, but I'm glad Morse has retained the compositional twists & turns that have really helped define his sound, as that's something you hear less of. JM's got a fantastic track on For Everlasting Peace: 25 Years of Mega Man, which you can pick up all 21 tracks of for $9.99 on iTunes & CD Baby, and his VLAD EP is on sale on Bandcamp now for $4 and well worth supporting, too!

That's it for Halloween 2013 - thanks to zircon, DaMonz, bLiNd, & Joshua Morse for making it a memorable smorgasbord of demonically tasty Castlevania goodness! I mean evil!



Latest 10 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-10-31 11:45:42

Joshua Morse and EDM, that combination works just perfectly. Great harmonies and groove as usual, i especially like the part from 2:51 - 3:07 with the acoustic piano chords, IMO that specific section could be a bit longer, because it's so damn tasty!

on 2015-10-28 08:43:53

The glitch sounds with the jazz really make this remix unpredictable.

Glitchy electronica that screams robotica with some of Morse's classic style is an awesome match.

Agreed. This reminds me of virt's/Jake Kaufman's Mighty Switch Force OST. Yet this also has that house flavour JM is known for (like the rhythm piano at 1:21 and the deep pads around 2:45). A very cleverly written remix that should not be missed.

on 2015-02-24 14:17:41

This is probably my most favorite JM's mix to date. An excellent four-on-the-floor take on one of the most popular CV song - do you need more? I don't think so... The intro is long, sure, but when it finally picks up at 0:52.. Oh, you better hear this. I like how the electric guitar sinks in meaty beats - it sounds completly awesome. And dat bass... Oh, so sweet!

on 2014-01-03 07:05:28


Party in my flat! :

on 2013-11-04 09:57:29

This is a combination of various ideas that seems to have turned out pretty good, I'd say. Glitchy electronica that screams robotica with some of Morse's classic style is an awesome match. Great work, Morse!

on 2013-10-31 21:08:13

MAN. Those chords... dat bass... Combining two of Morse's best abilities. :D SO GOOD.

on 2013-10-31 20:09:02

The glitch sounds with the jazz really make this remix unpredictable. I really like the sound Joshua Morse is experimenting with. This gives a fresh look at already fresh music.

on 2013-10-31 19:42:57

Bloody Tears is my favorite Castlevania track, and up until this point, Sixto's take on it has been my absolute favorite. JM just blew that one out of the water with this mix. It's hot, it's sexy, the beat sticks with me - man I do love this. Definitely going to go check out the rest of VLAD - if this track is any indication, EDM is a good hat for JM to be wearing.

on 2013-10-31 14:40:23

Bloody Tears is probably the most popular Castlevania song in the live vgm scene, and I love what Joshua did with this version of it. The whole EP is great, I can't stop listening to it :D

on 2013-10-31 11:45:43

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami , 1988, NES)
Music by Kenichi Matsubara,Satoe Terashima
"Bloody Tears (Street-day time-Stage BGM)"

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