Castlevania II - Bloody Tears
The anticipation for the sequel was not very long. Roughly a year later in 1988, Simon's Quest came out in the North America market. This version took quite a bit of a turn in game play, as it was a bit more open-ended. There wasn't so much stages as there was different towns, a woods, and other places you had to go before eventually being able to enter Dracula's castle after collecting various parts of Dracula's body hidden throughout the land. It was still a side scroller, so you had to do a lot of horizontal walking around to get everywhere, which could get tedious. But the unique game play for the time was something that made it so intriguing. What seems like the old RPG standard that towns were off limits to monsters changed when it turned to night. RPG elements were also added, such as the experience rating system that increased by collecting hearts. Overall, it was a great game and among the better side scrolling games for its time. Konami back then was the bar to be met for the most excellent of games. Their use of 8-bit graphics to tell a compelling story was the best out there. That a piece like Bloody Tears has been used in so many different games in the franchise tells how timeless the music is.
For this remaster, I just wanted to go straight 80's metal rock. I'm thinking Iron Maiden when I hear this song, screaming guitars and all. It was composed at about that time of the duel between the guitar and the synths over what was better musically. Granted, synth and MIDI became the standard for music creation, and, sadly, metal just doesn't scream like it used to back in the day. It's like modern guitarists forgot how to make memorable fanfares and opted to be something like a power chord companion to the bass line. Or, the music becomes an orchestral affair, and the guitarist is pretty much reduced to rhythm and maybe a solo. Otherwise, it's just 'epic' sound track that sounds like all the rest of the epic sound tracks available today. So I opted for the rock band, classic heavy metal sound for this remaster, as this is what was the influence of many game soundtracks at the time, and most imagining how the 8-bit synths would sound to them would be thinking of such music, which was popular and playing on the radio at that time. You may be able to remove the 80's sound to some degree in the various remakes, but for those that remember the old NES tracks, you just got to love that 80's metal sound and rock out with it!
I found this MIDI here: https://vgmusic.com/music/console/nintendo/nes/
The original composers for the song are Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima, and Kouji Murata
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