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.
“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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