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Neo Contra – “Neo” (Paula Terry, Sota Fujimori)

June 12, 2010

Time for more zaniness from Konami. This time it’s the title theme to Neo Contra (2004), the first (and hopefully LAST) time Konami decided to put lyrics to Contra. Actually, let’s hope this is the last time Konami does anything this ridiculous with the series – insane characters with horrible voice acting borrowed from Metal Gear Solid, a senseless plot, and an overall clunky feel, Contra hadn’t stooped that low since the PlayStation days. At least the soundtrack was fairly good (“Neo” nonwithstanding). The track really goes best with the title video. Thanks to LostVGM for the soundtrack, which never saw an official release! And here’s the lyrics, too, as it’s kind of hard for me to pick out what she’s saying over the audio overload:

Neo Contra – “Neo” (Paula Terry, Sota Fujimori)

The smell of dusty sand and ambition
The taste of sweet victory and volition
Sensory overload, it’s time to rebel
Dangerous guys are back from hell
Neo Contra!

Rebuild and destroy, the hope of despair
Annihiliate and exterminate an enemy’s lair
Stand against the soldier to protect our nation
No matter what happens, you’re the salvation
Moments of truth beckons the danger
Aggression and combat releases the anger
Accomplish the mission, satisfaction fulfilled
Go between life and death without getting killed

Neo Contra!
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Neo Contra!

Now Mephistopheles induces you into hell
Join the death pilgrimage, destroy and dispel, oh
Humanity’s future rests with you
Oh – Neo Contra!

This is basically over-the-top balls-blazing gung-ho action that you expect from Contra and the lyrics support the type of ‘war to protect vaguely defined ideals’ (along with the epitome of saving humanity) as defined by this nice little article I’ve been reading. Predictably, “Neo” also justifies the release of violent emotions within sanctioned space (or for the player, ‘have fun blowing shit up’) which is just what you want in this type of game. This isn’t to say that the song doesn’t have a few notable points. For instance, ‘exterminate an enemy’s lair’ is from basically every Contra game and ‘time to rebel’ reminds us of Contra III‘s intro, and ‘go between life and death without getting killed’ pretty much sums up the Contra experience (at least for a skilled player). However, I can’t really remember much ‘dusty sand’ from the game (maybe a tiny beach, but that’s it). ‘Destroy and rebuild’ is also kind of odd by itself (makes sense in the context) and not sure what Faust’s Mephistopheles has to do with anything.

The Neo Contra soundtrack is all kinds of techno by Sota Fujimori (Beatmania series, Metal Gear Solid 4) with lyrics sung by Paula Terry (vocalist from the Guitar Freaks series; Wangan MIDNIGHT MAXIMUM).

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