ReMix:Golden Sun: The Lost Age "Rebirth of Mars" 5:43

By Matt R., S. Battle

Arranging the music of 3 songs...

"Battle! (Jenna)", "Mars Lighthouse", "The Final Beacon"

Primary Game: Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Nintendo , 2002, GBA), music by Motoi Sakuraba

Posted 2014-05-27, evaluated by the judges panel

Matt R & S Battle (Mattias Rasmussen & Sean Battle) follow their 2012 Golden Sun ReMix "Rebirth of Venus" with - what else? - another Golden Sun rock/metal arrangement, this time from The Lost Age & moving a bit further away from the Sun, out to the fourth planet:

Matt R: "After having overwhelmingly positive feedback from our previous Golden Sun arrange of "Venus Lighthouse" (also submitted to OCR), we wanted to make a follow up with better production and arrangement!"

Basically, everything there was to like about their first posted mix is back & bigger/badder than before, making this a very nice pair of planetary rebirths; OA writes:

"Production and performance on this is excellent, with great details and variation throughout. It is very obvious that a ton of care went into each element of this song. Overall It has some nice cameos, and the arrangement is so varied and the Final Beacon section at the end is so epic, that I am pretty much blown away."

Flexstyle adds:

"Uh, yeah, there's not a whole lot I can say about this one that hasn't been said, but it's sweet. Even though it's conservative, it doesn't reek of "cover" to me by any stretch of the imagination. Plenty of personalizing to my ears. The production is very clean; every element has its place in the mix, and the parts are tight without being mechanical... enough talk, let's get this on the front page!"

This is a little proggier than the duo's first outing, with some great changeups & swirling, stormy chromatic runs in the first minute, some subsequent intense + over-the-top choral work that reminds me of the Attack on Titan openers, a brief chippish jam @ 2'28", soaring leads, melancholy aftermath @ 3'58", and a truly cathartic resolution. As OA says, there's a lot of attention to detail, craftsmanship, & love poured into this piece, and the impressive variety is contained within a narrative flow that segues gracefully from scene to scene, culminating in a satisfying resolution. Can't ask for much more, and we don't - another excellent tribute to the music of the Golden Sun from MR & SB, who are singlehandedly (okay, technically quad-handedly) doing the franchise some awesome & energetic musical justice! GET YOUR ASS TO MARS!!



Latest 7 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2015-12-05 23:02:25

Fantastic! It blows the venus track out of the water IMHO, but maybe that's because I like the sources used in this one a lot more. Jenna's battle theme is fantastic, and you really captured and implemented it into the stressed feel of Mars LH very well! The synth performance is pretty good, if not inhuman at some times, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Overall great job on a song from an underappreciated series!

on 2014-05-31 22:40:16

I'm not a prog guy, but some parts of this were interesting and the song kept my attention.

on 2014-05-30 15:39:05

The lead synths sound a tad retro to me, but I think they fit well. Sounds kind of like "Turrimann"! :) Solid work, guys!

on 2014-05-27 16:29:34

Synths can be a bit robotic and cheap sounding in the first half of the song.

But overall, mixed extremely well! and the arrangement is ballin

on 2014-05-27 16:14:09

I liked you guys' first Golden Sun ReMix, sure. But this, however, I think is much better in just about every aspect. It's awesome. I love the amount of variety in the arrangement of this ReMix, ranging from the heavy rock style that is perfect for a battle track, to the bit of chip bit at 2:28 and the slower, more deliberate rock near the end. The production sounds clean and the ReMix itself sounds very natural and authentic musically. Nice job, fellas.

on 2014-05-27 15:08:00

Oh yes, this is.. tight, varied cohesive, creative.. Not exactly my kind of prog but I very much appreciate the prog sensibilities in any case. To me it sounds very accessible too.

The placement of the lead synths in the mix, especially the chippier one, felt a bit separate from the rest of the instrumentation. That's about all the criticism that comes to mind.

Very neat stuff, my favourite bit probably being 1:19-1:31. Made me check the sources; I really like Mars Lighthouse! The emotive solo at the end was also very well done.


on 2014-05-27 13:46:59

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Sources Arranged (3 Songs)

Primary Game:
Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Nintendo , 2002, GBA)
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
"Battle! (Jenna)"
"Mars Lighthouse"
"The Final Beacon"

Tags (6)

Electric Guitar,Synth

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