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Unchosen Paths – “Rancid Purgatory” (Goat)

February 5, 2010

Who knew that game death could sound so awesome? I’ve got a second great track from Unchosen Paths, a fun number called “Rancid Purgatory”. Yes, it’s two from the same album in two days, but the album is that good. By the way, his song titles are really imaginative and show great respect for the original music while helping paint a picture of the scene.

Unchosen Paths – “Rancid Purgatory” (Goat)

“Rancid Purgatory” is a remix of “Dying” and “Game Over”, the death and game over screen jingles. As the original tracks are only about 15 seconds long total, and “Rancid Purgatory” runs 4:00, the track is by far the most original of the songs on the album – and it’s a fantastic piece of work, and in many ways my favorite piece on the album. There are some nice riffs in the main melody, which opens with a nice bell toll. Heavy guitars are used enhanced by strings (in some places with nice variation, like 1:00). Coupled with the tolling church bells, this gives a full range of sound to complement the melodic progression. I really dig those mournful bells at 2:00, as their deep, hollow sound really fills out the guitar line – and of course the demonic chuckle at 2:20 is a fantastic touch.

The high notes on guitar at the end of each section of the loop (0:30, 1:30, and 3:30) are extensions of the “Game Over” theme, and give a fantastic gothic feel to the more pastoral/memorial sense of the original: it’s more mechanical, with technical attention to intricate detail. It does a good job of showing off Goat’s guitar style, which is very conscious of each note he plays. And then of course, the final notes of this section serve as the final epitaph.

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Unchosen Paths – “Shadow Buster” (Goat)

February 5, 2010

Had some technical difficulties- at a conference and we don’t have wifi in the hotel (or power outlets in the auditorium…). So the Daily for yesterday was “Shadow Buster”, a remix of “Flashback”, the credits theme to Castlevania III, originally by Hidenori Maezawa. This is from the album Unchosen Paths, a rock mix album of the entire soundtrack done single-handedly by Goat over the course of about four years. By the way, the entire soundtrack is available at Goat’s Castle if you haven’t downloaded it already.

Unchosen Paths – “Shadow Buster” (Goat)

“Shadow Buster” is one of my favorite remixes from Castlevania III. As the credits theme to the game, the song is about victory and return of peace and order to Transylvania, reinforced by joyful major chords and a hummable melody. It’s got a feel of mastery over difficulty and bright skies pushing away the dark shadows. It plays over a video recalling all the levels and enemies fought, hence the original title as well as Goat’s renaming of it. The acoustic guitar that begins the track has a wonderful ethnic sound to it, which is then enhanced by the power of the rock guitar and drums and the glory of the strings. Though “Shadow Buster” follows the original version fairly closely, it does add a fantastic flute and string solo at about 0:50 and a guitar solo at 2:05. Definitely not to be missed.