Tag: melodic

Omnis brutalis lacrima

So, it turns out that I entered DoD once again. And once again it’s been about three years since last time… Maybe I should do this more often. Who knows. What we do know, at least, is this: this song is done and it is here. We also know, that out of eight entries I placed third.

I had just recently played Final Fantasy XV (finished it in early February 2020), so this DoD theme of Yoko Shimomura was pretty appropriate timing-wise. Not many songs in the game that I really even considered arranging, but of the two I considered seriously I decided to give myself a bit of a challenge with this one (OMNIS LACRIMA). And personally, I think I did just fine. But then again, I may be biased.

As far as styles go, this is pretty straightforward “drums, guitars, bass” style metal, although with some string and brass stuff thrown in. It’s in the background though, so you probably won’t really notice or pay attention to it.


Oh, books

So I entered DoD again, for the first time in years. Apparently it’s been three years. This time the theme was Symphony of the Night. Originally I thought about doing Wandering Ghosts but decided Wood Carving Partita would suit my style better. Out of 10 entries, I placed third.

Also I thought of entering only a few days before the deadline, so I was in a rush to finish the song. I thought I’d go back and add some synth stuff and change some lead guitar stuff to make it a bit more varied, but that didn’t happen. I decided it would be better to just think of this one as finished and move on to new songs. So this is the same version as DoD saw.


Kummitusten linna

My version of Rölli’s Kummitusten linna, originally composed and performed by Allu Tuppurainen. This is one of the most memorable songs from my childhood.


HOOOOO!!

My entry for the beat ’em up month at Dwelling of Duels. This was actually a request made by a friend some time ago, and now was a perfect time to do it. I lost the MIDI data for the drums while working on the song, so I was only left with what was supposed to be a temporary stereo mixdown. Would have probably made some changes to drums otherwise. But oh well. Might even be for the better.


Fire Still Burns in My Frozen Heart

Made this for the free MAGmonth DoD (december 2013, results were out early january 2014). Wanted to make something shorter, simpler, something that is not a medley. Just one song. This is what happened.


Mastering the Blaster

So, a Blaster Master medley. Took part in the Dwelling of Duels Blaster Master month (November 2013) with this, and placed first. I purposefully left out Area 1 (way overdone) and Areas 5 and 8 (didn’t like ’em!).


Brain Shuffle

Heyyyy another multi-game medley! This one includes music from the games listed above, obviously. Took part in the Dwelling of Duels 10th year anniversary month with this, and got 7th place (out of 53). I tweaked the mixing for this version, so it’s not quite the same as the DoD version.


Justice ninja

Originally my entry to May 2006 DoD (placed 9th). Features Dennis of Dissolution doing bass, and half of the guitar solos.

I actually did a re-make of this song in 2013, which is what you’re hearing here. Can’t remember exactly why, but I guess it was for posting on YouTube. Recorded new vocals, changed drum samples, and messed with the mixing. So guitar and bass performances, and drum programming are the same as in 2006.

If you really want, you can check out the original version, and an instrumental version of the same in the Treasury.

The moon shines bright
On me tonight
As I run through a plain
In the night
You can try to run
You can try to hide
But I will find you and it
Will be your end

PRE-CHORUS:
I am on a mission
For the Justice Division
Brace yourself!
Your time it is now!
Die! In the name of all that’s good
Evil shall be vanquished
Operating in secrecy

CHORUS:
Out of nowhere I strike
Filling evil hearts with fright
Punishment goes where it is due…
Oh, I’m coming for you!
If your mind is not right
Silent death awaits you in the night
Justice Ninja will cut you down

How you live
Is up to you
But you should
Always be nice
Who you are
I do not care
If you do evil
You’d better beware!

PRE-CHORUS

CHORUS x2


Now that you’re gone

Yet another one that appeared on a compilation. This one was originally released in late 2010. I had bands like Satanic Surfers and Lag Wagon in my mind when composing this.

There was something I wanted to tell you
That’s why I called you on your cell
I let it ring but you did not answer
That’s how I knew something was wrong

I drove up to your place
And let myself in.
I’ll never forget the expression on your face

When I found you dead

CHORUS:
How could I have known
That this imitation of a life you led
Was nothing more than a show
Should I have known?

I thought we shared our secrets
I thought that we were best friends
But now it’s too late

Now that you are gone

Looking back on the years I spent with you
You never really opened up
You kept it all inside of you
Until this one day…

You left behind a note, it said:

” Look, I’m sorry, but I
just couldn’t handle the pressure anymore.

I took the easy out.”

CHORUS

Remembering the good times that we had
I know you’re never coming back no matter how I cry

And still I wonder why you didn’t say anything…
Not a word

CHORUS


Falling apart

Another one that first appeared on a compilation (in late 2009) of different artists, and hasn’t been released elsewhere. About time it was. Try to enjoy!

There used to be a fire inside me
But now that fire is long gone
And the embers that remain will soon burn through
I’m growing cold and time goes on

Where there used to be a light
Now only shadow remains
My soul is dark

CHORUS:
So long ago since I really felt a thing
And now I wonder
How long I can keep up the charade
Act as if everything was fine
When I’m falling apart

All alone again I sit here and I think
Going through the things I feel
This silence slowly eating away my will to live
There is no light, no rescue in sight

Every day it’s the same old thing
I dwell on my own suffering
No one may ever see
What I hold inside
Where there used to be a light
Now only shadow remains
I’m so alone

CHORUS

“One word frees us of all the weight and
pain of life: That word is love.”
– Sophocles

What is… love?

CHORUS

I’m falling apart


Quite the adventure

Entered June 2013 DoD (free month) with this one. My first DoD in years maybe. Got third place. Which was fine. The song is indeed what the title claims, quite the adventure.


How?

This one first appeared on a compilation in 2007, so it’s not exactly new. But it hasn’t been heard elsewhere and I thought it was about time to let everyone hear it. It’s old and the mixing and singing leave something to be desired, but I do believe it’s not completely without its charm.

Psst! Don’t tell anyone, but the lyrics were actually inspired by the TV show Supernatural. It was some specific episode, but I forget.

 

Days have passed
Since I heard your frightened scream
Those days have felt like years
No more can I hear you speak
No more can you listen to me
I’m all alone again

How can I live
When the only thing I have left
Is the image of you?

How can I die
When I know there’s no afterlife?
There is no paradise

Years have passed
Since I found your lifless body
Those years have felt like an eternity
No more can I hear them speak
No more can they listen to me
Grief has taken me over

How can I feel
When the only thing I feel
Is the pain of losing you?

How can I dream
When every time I close my eyes I see you?

Like an arrow shot through my heart
This love kills me
And it’s tearing me apart
I’m one with misery

How can I cry
When my tears have run dry
So long ago

How can I be
When it’s been so long since I
Drew my last breath


Noble creature of snow

I did this one for an OCR disk covering the music of the Mega Man X series. Originally done in 2010(!), it was only released two years after because it was such a big project overall. Anyway, releasing this now a year after that on my own site. You can check out the whole disk here.


Zanarkander

My PUNCHFEST entry from last night. Raped “At Zanarkand” for Demonstray. And that’s pretty much it. Besides learning the song beforehand, I spent 3.5 hours on this.


Fortress of doom

My first ever PUNCHFEST entry. For PUNCHFEST X, held July 3rd.

This is a revised version, however, and not the one I had in the PUNCHFEST. I made some changes in the drums mostly, re-recorded some guitars that bothered me. Stuff like that. There’s still stuff to fix that I’m not going to fix, so here it is. Enjoy!


Fire and stuff

My cover/arrangement of the Llamarada theme from the game Lords of Thunder. Nice game and it has a kickass soundtrack too. Unfortunately the mixing is pretty bad, and then so… ansgaros to the rescue! Well, it’s not a 1:1 cover by any means, I gave it my own flavor I do believe, but enjoy anyway! It’s mostly a pretty straightforward cover. It was named by a friend.

Made for the June 2010 duel at Dwelling of Duels.

There is a video of me playing this song on YouTube.


Cradel of forest

Like it says, this one’s actually a re-mixed version. The original sounds so very bad. As the story goes, someone wanted to make Rock Band charts for this song and asked for separate tracks. I didn’t feel comfortable giving them the original mix, so I re-did the mixing and mastering. And that’s pretty much it. Sounds a lot better than the 2006 original though.

When I first heard the Silent Hill 4 OST I said to myself: “I’m going to make a power metal cover of this song! …..one day.” Then, 18 months later, when I saw that this month’s (September 2006) theme at DoD was Silent Hill I knew what had to be done. And did it. With this song I also secured my first DoD win!

The original mix can be found in the Treasury section though, if you really want to hear it.


A new dawn

My proper entry for the Ys DoD. Turned out just fine in my opinion.

Man, I really should write these writeup things right after I finish the songs, when I still have something to say about them (see below for another example)…


To reminisce is to relive

This was originally going to be a 10 minute epic medley of songs from (sidescrolling) games I played when I was a young boy. In the end I decided to drop half of the songs to have at least some musical coherency in it. I believe that choice was the right one.

This song has a fade out. Some people hate fade outs unconditionally, some don’t mind them. When used correctly, I don’t mind.


Fall of Garuda

My last month’s DoD entry. I must have done something right, since it was a free month and I won. And by a decent margin, too: I got 85 votes and M-H in second place got 51. Yeah, overall I guess it’s my best VG arrangement this far. It’s also my longest song to date.


Kefka gets decisive

I entered the December 2007 DoD (free month) with this song. Placed fourth (out of 46). I didn’t have my usual gear with me when making this one, so everything sounds pretty bad… I like the arrangement though. The reason why I didn’t release this before is that I was planning to remake this song from scratch. However, seeing how it’s been six months already since the initial release chances are that I’m not going to. So here it is!


Dangerous territory

My entry to May 2008 DoD, where the theme was Gradius. I got tied for third place. Basically a decent arrangement, but I’m not really happy myself. Still, I’m leaving this as is although it could use a bit of reworking arrangement-wise.


Irresistible force

My entry to April 2007 DoD (placed first). Tweaked a bit from the DoD version, should sound “better”. Sorry, I’m really out of praise and/or background story right now. Just download and enjoy.


Corneria

I battled it out in stage one, round three of AkumuHau’s Street Musician competition against Small child David with this cover/arrangement, and emerged victorious! It’s a rather straightforward cover once again, with little actual arrangement. Except that I added a solo section.


Dragon saber

Some time ago AkumuHau posted links to a complete PC Engine HES (sound file) archive & Winamp plugin on the messageboard at theshizz. So I downloaded them and gave a few random games a listen. This was among those games (because dragons, obviously). Immediately upon hearing this particular tune I knew what had to be done. And now you can hear it, too!

I participated in the November 2006 DoD with this song, and ended up sharing third place with Ryan8bit. This is a pretty straightforward cover, not much arrangement done. However, I’m pretty pleased with how this song turned out, mixingwise and all. For once.