Castlevania 2: Belmont’s Revenge – “The Crystal Coffin” (arr. SnappleMan)

March 7, 2010

More Castlevania! “The Crystal Coffin,” a remix of the awesome “New Messiah” from Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge (1991) is a wonderful rock arrange of the Game Boy classic and one of my most favorite rock arranges out there. The original version has a wonderful beat to it, fast-paced and with bold square waves that sound almost as good as Konami’s MMC6 chip for the Famicom. Despite this, the original is a little monotonous as it plays the main theme twice before a transitional segment (essentially an ABABCA’ loop structure). SnappleMan (Andreas Kotsamanidis) adds a full section of guitar solos and original material that makes the piece really stand out (essentially ABAB’CA’DA”). “The Crystal Coffin” first appeared on VGMix back in 2004 and is still as good as it was six years ago. Oh yeah, both the original and the remix have awesome track names, just the kind of thing you want in a game soundtrack (not the stupid ‘Level 1 Theme’ that many composers used to title their tracks – if they did so at all).

Castlevania 2: Belmont’s Revenge – “The Crystal Coffin” (arr. SnappleMan)

“The Crystal Coffin” opens with a fantastic gothic intro – heavy on the organs with support from the strings that transitions into the main section with some nice cymbal strikes. The main melody has some wonderful live guitar recordings  is built around a small loop that is driven forward by an excellent drumline and supported by organs. Each instrument in the piece sounds wonderfully clear. Because the track takes place in the Crystal Castle, an Atlantis-themed aquatic level, the melody has a nice liquid feel to it, bubbling in earnest, with notes that continue to rise but never quite flood over the top.

The original track was composed by Hidehori Funauchi who also did Operation C and Castlevania Adventure. Because it was a later Game Boy title, Konami had by this time mastered the sound system and so Fuanuchi was able to produce one of the best soundtracks on the system. Belmont’s Revenge was available on the Akumajo Dracula Best 2 album (1991) along with Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania AdventureSnappleMan is a regular on Dwelling of Duels and has mixed several tracks for OCRemix albums such as Kong in Concert and Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream. His latest work is Contra 4: Rocked ‘n’ Loaded which I wish would just hurry up and arrive in the mail!


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