|Anthem of a Metroid Hunter
||[Jul. 31st, 2006|02:08 pm]
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Today Matthew, I shall be reviewing the video game remix tune 'Anthem of a Metroid Hunter'.
Based on Samus' ending theme from the game Metroid 2 on the original Gameboy, this is a remix done by Big Giant Circles. With a name like that, you know the track is going to be memorable. Considering this is a remix on the Overclocked Remix site, you also know that it's been vetted by judges and if it was dire it wouldn't have been put up for download in the first place.
So what's it like?
First off, the whole thing is remarkably upbeat. After all, at the point in the game when you'd be hearing the original Samus has just finished kicking all sorts of Metroid arse and saved the universe in time for tea and medals. It's the kind of track which ends up making you smile and think of cool things, hanging just on the right side of twee (by my reasonably strict twee standards).
The track begins with an intriguing intro that is remeniscient of general Metroid game themes, then the backing baseline pops it shortly followed by a repeating ditty that marks the background to the theme. Then you can hear Samus' making her 'I'm great, me' entrance in the way the music flows and bounces along. Some fun and games with knob-twiddling effects clearly going on if you pay close attention to the technical side of the sound. Various bits of themes slice by, building up the main part of the track that kicks in almost two minutes after the beginning.
A simple mock-guitar riff marks out the mainstay of the remix with assorted backing themes and tunes moving in and out of earshot, all the while maintaining an anthemic (perhaps almost epic if it were richer sounding) theme. It evokes a pastiche of Samus' greatest triumphs in the game (as you could imagine them to be if you've not played it but are familiar in pasisng at least with the whole Metroid thing) and never gets repetative overall, despite it's simple construction of repeating themes.
The whole thing is nicely polished and tight with good sound editing and balance. Definitely deserving of a good sound-playing contraption and good speakers or headphones.
My only niggle is the very end of the track. The final part where the music cuts out for some random machine noise and then ends in an overly cheesy sparkly riff that spoils it. I tend to skip to the next track when the cut-out happens.
So there you have it.