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Castlevania: Mirror of Fate Soundtrack Review

Posted on Wednesday, November 20 @ 13:06:15 Eastern by Keri_Honea
Considering that Castlevania: Mirror of Fate is a 3DS game, I didn't have that high of hopes for the soundtrack. I'm sure I would have known differently if I had played the game, but I haven't picked up a Castlevania game since Symphony of the Night, so this game didn't make a dent in my must-play radar. While the game still holds zero interest for me, I have been pleasantly surprised by the original score for Mirror of Fate.

It has a strong emphasis on both strings and the piano that I was not expecting at all. I expected more brass fanfare like the Lords of Shadow soundtrack had. While "Necromancer", one of my favorite pieces from the score, definitely has that strong brass presence, it's the opening low keys on the piano that separates it from typical brass entourage. "Theatre" also has plenty of brass, but it's the plucking violins in the background and the intermittent flute that keeps the song not only interesting, but absolutely beautiful. Then the vocal overtones near the end of the track remind you that this is a haunted story. Combined with the violin staccato and the flute melody...well, it's best experienced than described. It honestly gave me chills the first time I heard it.

Not even the typical action tracks are overpowered with brass. It's still mostly strings, woodwinds, and vocals with some strong brass tones simmering in the background. In "Executioner", the brass carries the melody, but it's the eerie strings that define the piece as intense.

This will definitely teach me to stop making assumptions about a soundtrack based on its platform.

I'm definitely not saying that the soundtrack is unique like the soundtracks for Max Payne 3, Journey, or Lost Planet 3, but it's not a generic, oh-I've-heard-this-before typical video game soundtrack either. When the Mirror of Fate soundtrack releases next week, I definitely recommend you listen to a few samples, especially "Theatre", "Night Watchman", and "Necromancer." Those three tracks fantastically present the grand spread that Mirror of Fate has to offer, and they show how to use brass for action without being overbearing or too fanfare.

The soundtrack for Castlevania: Mirror of Fate will be available for both CD and digital download on November 26, 2013.
A digital copy of the soundtrack was provided by the label.
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