ReMix:Final Fantasy IX "Birth Under a Blue Light" 5:13

By Knight of the Round

Arranging the music of one song...

"Zidane's Theme"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2015-09-09, evaluated by the judges panel

Time to METAL IT UP!! Our Final Fantasy IX: Worlds Apart debut mixflood takes a turn for the shred as Knight of the Round melt faces & burst eardrums with their aggressive metal take on "Zidane's Theme"; Justin Taylor of Knight of the Round writes:

"Justin Wilbanks (from Indiana metal band Betrayer) and I have been wanting to collaborate on a track for a while. So, after realizing there were still a few months left to submit a track for Fishy's FF9 project, we decided to tackle "Zidane's Theme."

I've always enjoyed this track, and since it is a pretty significant track to the OST, choosing it was a no-brainer. We took the backing track to the source and tweaked it a little, and used it as the main melody/riff for the first half of the song. The second half of the song is pretty conservative to the source, but it's such a good part that we didn't dare change it much.

We used an Agile 8-string guitar to record all guitars. For rhythm, we used an ENGL Fireball head, then re-amped through a Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Ultra, both going into a VHT Fat Bottom cab. We then also re-amped the guitars into Line 6 POD Farm. For lead guitars, we went straight into the Axe-Fx Ultra into the VHT cab. Drums were programmed with EZdrummer (cymbals) and Steven Slate Drums (kick, snare, toms). Mastered with iZotope Ozone 3.

Random Fun Fact: 4:26-4:35 and 4:48-4:56 features a 13/16 over 4/4 polyrhythm. The guitars/bass/kick drum are playing in 13/16 and are playing the pattern of "1 and 10" while keeping the rhythm notes intact, while the snare drum and cymbals are staying in 4/4. I chose "1 and 10" to represent the I and X in the title of the game. Go polyrhythms!"

Director Fishy writes:

"Knight of the Round (who I understand have at least two guitarists called Justin) are getting really big now, and, from what I've seen, they're a proper force when performing live. I've always liked the way they arrange tracks to be heavy, but also with a lot of space to grow and develop. Definitely also check out their other track from the album which is an absolute monster!"

HUGE sound, inarguably & unapologetically metal, but some very smart writing with an intricate ear for rhythms/patterns, in particular. The theme lends itself well to the abuse, sounding cranky & cantankerous in a powerful, malicious way; great stuff from Justin & KotR that gives Worlds Apart some definite edge!



Latest 6 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2017-08-03 02:17:38

Yeah, the whole notion of "this is very metal" pretty much sums it up for me. It's heavy, powerful, and brutal in a good way. The percussion was honestly the most enjoyable part of this ReMix for me. The various changes in the playing and direction of this mix was refreshing and kept things from getting stale, so major props for that. Impressive take on this tune, I'd say.

on 2015-12-28 12:14:57

Well this track certainly didn’t waste time with any build ups. It just wants to rock your brains out right out of the gates of Hell. What amazing solos this track has too. The piano part a little after the three minute mark was a little odd, but it was very brief, so I can forgive it. As djpretzel points out, this is unapologetically metal. I would be very inclined to agree with this statement.

on 2015-12-13 17:08:58

Wow, this is quite extreme -- but what did you expect from KotR? :) The melody may have fitted another genre or a more melodic type of metal though. As always, the rhythm work is INCREDIBLE. The lead work is nice too later on. Not my fav from KotR, but a solid entry nevertheless! \m/

on 2015-09-16 17:11:56

Gods, this is so metal it took me about 1:05 in to find the melody - I was too distracted by the metal - but once I did it was unmistakable. In some ways I'm happy it took me a bit, because then I was still around for 1:45-2:00 and the crazy faded-with-metal 3:15+ sections.

It's out there, it's a lot, but there's definitely some gems in here, even for non-metal fans. An impressive effort!

on 2015-09-10 16:24:33

I agree with Shariq; it's a really interesting contrast hearing a crazy-heavy metal interpretation in a major-key. Definitely a brutal take. Could be love-or-hate, but I love this. Wouldn't listen to it repeatedly, but would recommend.

on 2015-09-09 00:04:15

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IX (Square , 2000, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Zidane's Theme"

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Electric Guitar
Time > Time Signature: Variable

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