We’ve arrived at the album-exclusive bonus tracks of VG Arch Rivals Vol. 4! There’s gonna be at least 3 of them, 2-3 derivatives and one new song. Take it with a bit of salt though, since you won’t be able to download these songs until the album comes out…
The first is Meta Knight’s Solo. I liked how the Meta Knight parts in Meta Knight vs Galacta Knight turned out and wanted to turn those parts into a dedicated song, without having to worry about giving Galacta Knight some spotlight as well.
Compared to Porky’s Solo from VG Arch Rivals Vol. 3 I actually changed quite a bit this time, like some instruments, added effects, a quite different song structure, so it took a bit longer than expected – I wanted it to be finished last week already, but apparently that wasn’t enough time…I’ll likely use some of the ideas I got while working on it to spice up the album version of Meta Knight vs Galacta Knight though.
There’s a video too, you know:
I’m actually falling a bit behind my schedule now. Next week, Dark Souls Remastered comes out and I wanted to deliver something for that occasion, which I won’t be able to do just yet. Although, the version for the Nintendo Switch has been delayed anyway, so I guess I still have a chance to deliver something then….
For now I’m focusing on the bonus songs though. Seeing how many there are, the album likely won’t be released before mid-June.
At last, it’s time for the 5th song of VG Arch Rivals Vol. 4: Squids vs Octos!
To get straight to the point, it’s basically a Splatoon Medley, featuring Splattack!, Calamari Inkantation, Ebb and Flow (Splatoon 2) and a very little bit of Octoling Rendezvous. The song comes in two versions, a basic instrumental version and a version where Squid Miku sings a part of Ebb and Flow (with made up lyrics).
Finally an opportunity to use the Vocaloidsoftware in one of my songs, I’ve been waiting since last year for this! Making Mikusound understandable isn’t easy, but making her sound gibberish on purpose wasn’t too difficult at all. I can assure you that she’s singing actual English lyrics – although I doubt you can figure them out entirely. You’re welcome to guess – but the answer won’t be revealed until the album is finished!
Did you notice that the second part of Calamari Inkantation actually makes a reference to Splat Zone? You did, didn’t you~
On another note, getting the mixing right for this song was really difficult this time around, I spent a good while on that. I hope I did an ok job…
It’s time 4 entry number 4 of VG Arch Rivals Vol. 4! I present: Belmonts vs Dracula!
This rivalry spans many generations on one side…and one vampire on the other side. Now, Dracula has been slain in countless of his incarnations and not only by the Belmont clan. But if you want the job done right, you call a Belmont. They have slain Dracula’s incarnations for centuries after all – not always without complications.
For the song, I decided to let Simon (Castlevania I, II, IV and quite a few more), Trevor (Castlevania III) and Richter (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night) represent the Belmont clan.
For the songs, I went with the most iconic tunes – mostly the first stage theme of the classic games, which often serve as the character’s theme – namely Vampire Killer (Castlevania), Bloody Tears (Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest), Beginning (Castlevania III), Theme of Simon Belmont (Super Castlevania IV), Divine Bloodlines (Castlevania: Rondo of Blood) and Dance of Illusions (the Castlevania: Circle of the Moon version) for Dracula.
But what is a man? One that also watches the video:
I initially wanted to only include the themes from the four classic Castlevania games, when I realized, that I only used the themes of Simon Belmont and Trevor Belmont. I wasn’t aware that he was actually the protagonist of 3 of the first 4 games! So I decided to add Divine Bloodlines too – Richter is one of my favorite Belmonts anyway~
The next entry of VG Arch Rivals Vol. 4 will be the 5th and final one – unless we get some bonus songs again? Who knows! If everything goes according to plan, I’ll see you again in 2 weeks!