“Congregation of the Fallen” (2006) is my other favorite remix by Protricity. The original piece, “Metamor Mothmeanos Stage” by Yuki Iwai (Marvel Superheroes, R-Type Final), plays in the junkyard stage of Mega Man X2 (1994), which is a pretty fun level with one of the more original bosses in the series. She composed the entire soundtrack, as well as Rockman: The Power Fighters and ROCKMAN X ALPH-LYLA, the jazz album.
“Congregation of the Fallen” is a fun blues piece with a strong, memorable main melody Capcom is known for. The piece is built around a guitar and synth line, which gives it a nice feel of bionic infection. The level itself felt a bit like Aliens with a military infiltration of a junkyard maze, complete with face-sucking flying robot bugs. Again, drum beat has a nice, hip rhythm while the synths evoke the feel of the junkyard – its vast, sprawling ruin, disrepair of the machines; it is a graveyard for robots. Into this contested space comes Mega Man, who restores order by destroying the robot master at the heart of it.
There’s a nice synth break at 2:18 with saxophone, which is a fun bridge into the second half of the song. The piece contains multiple loops of the original, so the track feels in some ways like it goes a bit longer than it really does (and it’s a long piece at 6:22), but there’s nice variation to each section, so it remains interesting. The end, starting 5:05 is a nice wrap-up to the piece, almost like nightfall in the junkyard with the moon rising above smog-choked skies.
So the junkyard stage is notable for two things: first, the bugs that possess giant battle robots and the second, the boss, the Morph Moth. Morph Moth is a pretty cool boss with two parts – the first, a larva with a junk gravity gun and the second a moth that drops poisonous dust and shoots a powerful beam lazer. Pretty cool as most Mega Man bosses (aside from final ones) have only one stage.