Welcome back to Rebel Sound Off! In the last installment we looked at the Castlevania and Ghosts ‘n Goblins OSTs to wrap up our Halloween-themed week. Here’s what you guys had to say:
This was a landslide victory for the Castlevania soundtrack. The Konami music programmers really knew how to utilize the NES sound chip to create some great music. With that in mind, let’s take a listen to two other iconic Konami games with great soundtracks: Contra and Super C.
Both of these OSTs were composed by Hidenori Maezawa, who also composed the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack (which is great no matter what your opinion of the game is), Life Force, and he also had a small role in the Castlevania OST.
These two soundtracks are chock-full of fast 16th-notes, ascending melodies, quick scale runs, heavy bass, blindingly-fast drums, guitar harmonies, and full-band hits to enhance the beat. The two OSTs are very similar in style, and that style can best be described as progressive metal (think early Dream Theater and Symphony X). However, the instruments sound drastically different at times. So without further ado, let’s listen!
An interesting note about the Super C soundtrack is that it has a recurring theme that sounds eerily similar to this classic Dream Theater riff from Metropolis Parts 1 and 2.
The theme can be heard in the Super C OST around 4:55, 5:38, and in the main bass tracks for Areas 4 and 7 at 6:42 and 10:52. Is it possible that the Dream Theater member who wrote this riff in 1992 was influenced/inspired by Super C music from 1990? Maybe this is a question better left for our conspiracy theory column, Gaming FOUO.
So what do you think? Which game has the better music?