Unless plans change, our Final Fantasy II: Rebellion album should be coming out on Monday, June 8th - mark your calendars! In the meantime, we've got an unrelated (but still awesome), hard-hitting FF2 metal arrangement from Knight of the Round... this time functioning as a full band that's ready, willing, & able to collectively melt face! Founder & original solo KOTR member Justin Taylor writes:
"When I last submitted a track to OCR, KOTR was my solo project. It's since grown into an active band that plays shows and conventions (such as MAGFest). Having 3 others to help with the writing process has helped further shape our sound (as well as make it a hell of a lot easier to write). This remix ended up being a little more on the groovy/slower side as opposed to some the thrashier stuff I've done in the past.
Guitars were once again recorded with an Agile 8 string, tuned to drop E-flat. This time around, we used 100% digital amplification. I used my Line6 POD HD Pro to record all guitar parts, then re-amped the signal through Line6 POD Farm. Bass was recorded DI with a SansAmp Bass Driver. Drums were programmed with Superior Drummer 2.0, then the kick and snare were sound replaced with Steven Slate drums. Enjoy!"
Justin Taylor - Rhythm/Lead Guitar
Justin Wilbanks - Rhythm/Lead Guitar
Jeremy Scheisser - Bass
Kevin Baumann - Drums
Groovier/slower side, eh? Still feels pretty aggressive to me - but I ain't complainin' :) I enjoyed OA's good-natured ribbing (is it me or does that sound like a disturbing euphemism?):
"Nice and clean recording, but you guys aren't heavy enough. 8 string guitars are for children and the elderly, and real men have at least 20 string guitars, or at least having the entire band play bass. Your additional droptuning isn't fooling anyone!
Seriously though, the track sounds great, and the arrangement is super personalized. There was a good mix of original material with source, and the mixed meter stuff sounded intelligent and well integrated. The keyboards were very tasteful. and while there were a lot of original-sounding interludes, there was a good deal of expanded-upon source. Nice work gentlemen, A++ would groove again!"
Chimpazilla had some extremely minor production nits to pick but was generally lovin' it:
"I'm finding the bass lacking definition just a *teeny* bit, but it's balanced well. Other than that, the track is produced and mixed very well, writing and arrangement are good, nice wide soundscape, drums are awesome, guitar work is crazy good, track has great energy, fun listen! Works for me!"
There's a lot more FF2 - and more metal - to come with the release of Rebellion, but meanwhile you can think of this mixpost as a high-energy shredfest of an antipasto, to simultaneously whet your appetites AND melt your faces. Great to see Knight of the Round back on OCR, and in full force!
on 2015-12-08 16:04:00
New review: KotR always bring the wall of sound type of rhythm guitars and this remix is no exception! I'm not a fan of extreme metal (mostly due to the vocals) but you cannot pass on the performance here. The production is very tight, and fits the genre. It's super good! \m/
on 2015-06-05 11:41:44
Hard-hitting and powerful, this is the rocking metal ReMix that FF battles themes benefit from in intensity. Good rhythm, powerful drums and awesome variety as the mix goes along makes for a great track. Very good.
on 2015-05-31 01:10:58
Now this is heavy! Only thing I'd say is that the guitars are a little midrange-heavy (1~2 dB), so that may explain why Larry hears the slightly buried leads ('cause I agree). But ah well, 'tis still drop E-flat without flabby strings, wha-?
on 2015-05-31 00:14:07
Well done. stays super fresh with all those groovy changeups
on 2015-05-30 15:39:50
My ears are melting with awesomeness!! Man, I love the choice of track and its treatment - it really does a great job holding onto the main concept while also making it so much more metal. Bonus points for the almost Doom-esque 2:30-3:02 section, which increased my interest, and let me really start thrashing at 3:02+. 3:30-3:48 is probably section of the whole piece - how hardcore is that section!?! Well done team!
on 2015-05-29 23:54:04
That drop at 2:00 0.0
Great mix, loved the FF1 work and this is killer too.
For some reason, I'm having problems keeping my headphones on.
on 2015-05-29 21:50:36
Saw these guys live! TWICE! They've come a long way and will continue to get better and better Knight of the Round had a good spot on FF1 album; it is great that they're here as an opening act to the Rebellion.
This song is great and brings the crunchy guitars we love from KotR but also a cool clean guitar section at 2:29 that breathes life into the atmosphere at 2:51... reminds me a lot of Meshuggah, which is a good thing. Very Catch-33 vibe from that part.
on 2015-05-29 21:04:28
It's great to see Final Fantasy II's soundtrack get some more love around here prior to the release of Rebellion. The mix had a lot of energy to it and I thought the segment at 2:29 was a nice touch. I look forward to hearing more from you guys soon.
on 2015-05-29 13:41:42
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