ReMix:Metroid "Back to Zebes" 3:43

By huile_smith

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: Metroid (Nintendo , 1986, NES), music by Hirokazu Tanaka

Posted 2015-08-12, evaluated by the judges panel

Newcomer huile_smith sends us a brief but very striking arrangement of the original Metroid title theme, done up hard rock style, with an epic intro that would make great pro-wrestling walk-on music if Samus ever joined the WWE/WWF. We didn't get any artist comments, so it's straight to the judges; Nutritious writes:

"That's quite the subtle intro with the booms fading in... until everything else suddenly kicks in, of course. Mixing sounds pretty on point, especially with the rhythm guitars. I would've liked the leads to have more high end to cut through better, though. Very interesting changeup to a softer approach after 2:10 after a pretty heavy intro. Ballsy, but it works. Arrangement-wise, while this does keep it melodically similar to the original, there's enough personalization in the structure and writing to get my nod. Good stuff."

I've been moonlighting as a judge & chipping on some decisions lately, so I again get to quote myself:

"Very dramatic! Drums remind me of Led Zep at times with the super-heavy snare & kick sound... nice loud-soft contrast going on, although the piano on the soft bits did sound pretty little thin. Ultimately, the arrangement does a good job executing the concept of a super-heavy approach to the source, with some respite involved to aid in transition and give listeners a break. Cool concept, well-executed, and while the softer bits aren't as strong as the louder bits, the overall piece I think has very much the intended effect."

Good job fleshing out a relatively minimal source, and an especially good job conjuring up a heavy hard rock sound that's got some legitimate meat on its bones. The style & epicality of the intro, with the more cinematic drums, adds the right amount of mythos/gravitas, and overall while this ReMix is pretty simple, it definitely has a specific vision, and it delivers on the promise of that vision. Memorable & enjoyable debut from huile; more to hear @!



Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2016-03-24 01:22:25

WWE style entrance music for Metroid, huh? Sounds like I could use this to experiment with some Create An Entrance's for Samus. :D I dig the slower portion in the middle before it kicks back into the heavier stuff. Makes for a dynamic mix. Good old fashioned rock, never a bad thing. Great debut, fella.

on 2015-12-23 20:37:25

After reading the write-up, the images I got from the intro made me smile. And then when the main melody comes in, the wrestling entrance suddenly becomes a concert (somehow). ANYways, good rock mix; I like the thick guitar tone.

on 2015-12-22 03:32:03

Very nice. It reminds me a lot of another older remix from AmIEvil I think. The insturmentation is great, even if the guitar tone was too fuzzy to my ears. Love the cool atmosphere it creates -- a really nice one! :)

on 2015-08-25 15:42:27


Love the very intentional vibrato work and the overall clean, thick metal mixing. Well done. It is one of the best metal/hard rock covers that I've heard yet on OC!

on 2015-08-18 10:07:24


I didn't talk about this remix in the submission mail because my english is pretty bad, so I skipped every optional parts : .

Now that the submission was accepted, I guess I have to write few words about It.

I know people expect more than just a 'cover' when they're looking for a remix, but it was so obvious to me, I had to make it that way. I already had the whole idea in my head even before I took my guitar.

Like most of my video games remixes, the idea is real guitars/bass played by myself and a virtual drum with patterns I make. Like a basic rock band.

Sometimes, I add other things if the arrangement needs it. Here we have a virtual piano and a virtual xylophone for the quiet part, additional percussions for the intro/outro...

Everything else are processed guitars.

The piano part is intentionally quieter than the others. I really wanted this dynamic difference, a peacefull and quiet part before going back to the last 'action' part with more guitars :razz:

The mix could be better, but it ALWAYS could be better, so I stopped before going crazy haha.

I guess that's it! Thanks guys for having me on OCR, and sorry if my message sounds weird, I did my best.

on 2015-08-16 14:01:01


This is one of the remixes I'VE GOT to download onto my music player. Although I'm not a great fan of the Heavymetal-ish style of music, I loved this arrangement. Gotta keep an eye on the artist, you've got my respect.
beautiful intro btw

on 2015-08-13 16:14:10

Nah, I'm getting more like a Terminator Vibe from this. Very well put together. I hope huile_smith says he'll be back.

on 2015-08-13 12:24:41

Definitely getting the wrestling-intro vibe. Samus would perform the 'wrecking ball' and do some crazy Japanese-Mexican acrobatic thing, steamrolling ftw.

on 2015-08-12 11:37:55

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Metroid (Nintendo , 1986, NES)
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka

Tags (5)

Electric Guitar,Piano

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