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Ghost Chaser Dansei – “Central City” (Noboru Yamane)

June 2, 2010

Here’s another obscure game, this time a beat ’em up by the hilariously named WinkySoft, Ghost Chaser Dansei (1994). The game is about three ghost hunters after evil spirits who have joined a crime syndicate (ok…). It seems to be part of a series called Denjin Makai (which you might translate as “Demon God Power”). Composed by Noboru Yamane (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Cobra Team, NOT Capcom; Choujikuu Yousai Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie), the soundtrack is mostly guitar-driven, and has some pretty good pieces, such as “Central City”.

Ghost Chaser Dansei – “Central City” (Noboru Yamane)

“Central City” is pretty good brawl music, with aggressive rock that captures forward movement and good track development. The introduction seems passive enough, with a kind of organ section that quickly picks up speed with some nice guitar. Yamane-san does some great layering with the various guitar and trumpet lines, as well as some crazy effects with the guitar – pay special attention at 0:45. The loop ends at 1:30 with another nice guitar riff and some excellent drumwork. This definitely goes on the same level as Golden Axe.

Other tracks to watch out for are the “Title”/”Busy Street”, “Bay Side”, “Perfect Girulian”, and “Staff Roll” (which isn’t metal). You can check out the SPCs at SNESMusic.org.

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