Video game battle themes are normally strident and forceful, creating tension at moments in a game when rapid responses and cunning reflexes are required.
However, Japanese music act Gentle Love - which consists of Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino (saxophone) and Etrian Odyssey performer AYAKI (piano) - have harnessed some of the most famous battle tunes in video gaming history (plus one from 1986's legendary Transformers: The Movie) for their next Prescription for Sleep album. In case you didn't know, these are selections of video game music designed to help you sleep, relax or study to.
Prescription for Sleep: Fight for Your Dreams is the sixth album in the series and we're delighted to exclusively bring you a little taster of what it includes: the iconic Mother Brain battle theme from Super Metroid presented in a way you're unlikely to have heard before.
Here's how it sounds in the game:
And here's Gentle Love's take:
The full track listing is as follows:
- Veiled in Black (Final Fantasy XV)
- Boss (Mega Man 2)
- MEGALOVANIA (UNDERTALE)
- Battle with the Four Fiends (Final Fantasy IV)
- People Imprisoned by Destiny (Chrono Cross)
- Mini-Boss (Yoshi's Island)
- Autobot-Decepticon Battle (Transformers: The Movie)
- Beasts as Black as Night (Ys III)
- Ornstein & Smough (Dark Souls)
- Intolerance (Raystorm)
- Mother Brain (Super Metroid)
- In a Better Place (Original)
If you like what you hear - and let's be honest, what's not to like - then you can pre-order the album ahead of its October 10th release date here.
It's not even recognisable.
If I were a decent artist I would be making art of mother brain playing a sax like right this instance.
Very interesting take on such a menacing piece.
Fear the Sax, or is it SA-X?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE if you know the source material I'm sure you would recognize it. I didn't know the source material but listened to them back to back and it was plenty easy to tell
I like jazz, but I think it's a boring approach that doesn't do justice to the original song and that loses all the point from it. I didn't expect a "scary song", but considering that jazz can be quite fast and tense, I think that this version is just playing the same melody in a happy way while something more creative could be done.
I'm pretty sure they are talented musicians, but in my opinion this was a bit disappointing.
What is this!? Panera!?!?
Haha, I love it. I just pictured Mother Brain and Samus having dinner at a swanky restaurant.
I wanna hear the Yoshi's Island one. I did find they did a remix of Godot's theme from Ace Attorney (it's on YouTube) and the sax was perfect for it.
Lol, you just became good friends with mother brain and drive with your sportscar into the sunset...
@roy130390 Fair enough. I still think the best metroid remixes are the 2 done by the OneUps
This would be like, the only good track for an MSA1 hack of Super Metroid.
Designed to help you "sleep or study"..... uh..... those are like opposites? how could the same music do both? and what if it DID both and I fell asleep studying? can't risk it.
yeah this is more like Wii shop muzak than jazz.
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