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:

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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!


Super C

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.

Was this Dream Theater riff influenced by Super C?

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?

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  • Without a doubt I felt the original Contra soundtrack was better. Just appealed to me more..

  • I really love the music of Super C there is more technically driven composition and some crazy syncopation and signature changes. But it sounds muddy compared the Contra. Contra is more driving and hard hitting. Super C used a ton of synth instruments that I didn’t feel had the brightness and captivation of Contra’s score.

  • Yeah the amazing game, Contra came together hitting all the right notes, including the music :P

    Super C is still fun to listen to.

  • Rizzard Core

    I 100% agree with everything you said, Retro-Inactive. The snare just sounds fake and the distorted bass doesn’t make it sound more metal in my opinion, it just takes away from the other timbres and makes it sound muddy overall, like you said.

    I too have to go with original Contra.