music apcg 9006)
Junichi Nakatsuru, Yoshihito Yano, Akitaka
Takanori Otsuka, Hideki Tobeta
Numata and Hiroyuki Furuhata
The richly orchestrated
score for Soul Calibur, covers the gamut of battle game styles,
from Heroic marches to grandiose battle hymns to sinister themes.
The resonant virtual instruments come extremely close to sounding
like a one hundred ten piece orchestra.
Junichi Nakatsuru, the
main composer, delivers music that captures your imagination,
whisking you into the middle of combat. Two of Mr. Nakatsuru's
best compositions are featured on a mini bonus CD. "Light
and Darkness", the soul mix drifts between heroic and majestic
themes. Truly brilliant! "Going to Where the Wind Blows",
the piano mix is soulfully performed by the composer himself.
Yoshihito Yano adeptly
contributes bombastic cues that have a very dark feel. The few
exceptions are the triumphant "Recollection" and the
Spanish sounding "Chasing the Storm".
Although Takanori Otsuka's
music is short in length, it is just as powerful as the other
Once again, Akitaka Tohyama
steals the show from the other composers (see Tekken
Tag). His music is rich and vibrant, utilizing many layers
of sound textures. Mr. Tohyama is also extremely adept at writing
melodies that stay in your head.
The Namco soundteam once
again triumphs, delivering another spectacular score worthy of
the games stunning visuals and our attention.
Calibur is owned by NAMCO.