Metroid Prime 3: Corruption – “Title Theme” (Kenji Yamamoto)September 7, 2010
Because I like Metroid so much, here’s an encore piece, the “Title Theme” from Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (2008). An exceptionally epic piece, the theme sports a somber male choir supported by high sopranos to create a dynamic range that sounds almost lyrical. The choir is in turn supported by a sweeping drum like the crashing of ocean waves (0:29) and rattling snare taps that sound straight out from Terminator (0:50). This burst of emotion is accompanied by the flaming planet displayed on the title screen pictured below. This combination hits the heart and mind in all the right places, providing a somber memorial full of sadness, desperation, and the hope of forgiveness. The track builds to a climax at 1:08, breaking into strings dully thrumming the final notes of the original Metroid theme, a prelude through the depths of space. The track loops at 1:26. It is a truly sweeping prelude to the series finale that really demonstrates Kenji Yamamoto’s finest work.
Metroid Metal produced an outstanding arrangement of the “Title Theme” that incorporated “Bryyo” as well. The piece opens with high-pitched guitar ambience, a slow fade like the sunrise before exploding into the opening section of the main theme at 1:41. Brooding, minor-key guitars emphasize the sadness and melancholy of the song, a theme that permeates the entire game. There’s a nice acoustic break and solo here at 3:30 that provides time for reflection and has some interesting guitar echoes at 4:30 that sound a bit like StarCraft. The track then transitions into the heavy bass of Bryyo with its heavy, tribal beat and exotic twang. At just over seven minutes, “Theme/Bryyo” is mighty epic. It saw a rework on Metroid Metal’s recently-released EP Expansion Pack with better recording quality, but minus the acoustic section.