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Castlevania: The Adventure – “Battle of the Holy” (arr. Konami Kukeiha Club)

May 5, 2010

So today I managed to beat Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth (2009) for WiiWare. It’s a fantastic game and a true classic rejuvenation of the franchise. The game is particularly good for its use of branching paths within the levels, which adds replay value. It also spices things up if you had to quit the game, as the earlier levels provide new surprises rather than simply greater mastery. So you should pick it up if you’ve got a Wii – an excellent use of $10! In any event, Rebirth was missing a few tracks from the original Castlevania Adventure (1989), particularly “Battle of the Holy”, here excellently arranged in Konami Special Music Box 1991 by the Konami Kukeiha Club. And no, that title is not a misprint – more on it below. Other tracks that I think should have made it into Rebirth were “Death Fair” and “Revenge“. Oh yeah, this is also in ogg format, so you’ll need something other than iTunes (which sucks anyway) like Winamp, Cog, or VLC to play it.

Castlevania: The Adventure – “Battle of the Holly” (arr. Konami Kukeiha Club)

KKC’s rock arrange is a lot of fun – the faster pace and guitars make for a very lively mix and the track is punctuated by explosions of drums that echo thunderclaps. Similar to “Cross Your Heart“, “Battle of the Holy” uses a flurry of strings to communicate the gothic struggle. The steady beat feels right for walking across a field full of monsters. There’s also a nice guitar break at 2:02 with some great wailing.

The original track had a bit of a slow pace, but a wonderful gothic feel from the harpsichord-esque square waves. It kind of fits the graveyard-in-a-swamp type setting of the original. Incidentally, Rebirth really doesn’t carry over much of the original level designs (probably because they weren’t very good) and so the game is really only a remake in name and plot. The original soundtrack was composed by Nori Hanzawa (who went on to Treasure shortly after to compose Gunstar Heroes through Bangai-O), Shigeru Fukutake (who seems to have helped advise composition of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night), and Hidehiro Funauchi (Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Operation C).

There was also a decent piano mix on the Dracula MIDI Collection (1997). Read the rest of this entry ?

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