Harmony of a Hunter Review
Return to Features
This album includes 36 tracks that will be released on the 7th of August. Six tracks will be featured in our special podcast on the 6th, so you'll get a taste there. This is a text review that'll go through most of the album and tell you what remixes the different songs are and such. I'm not going to go into too much detail since it's text, but it should give you a good idea of the album. You can check out the tracklist here if you haven't already.
The first track is a very quiet but impressive Piano track called "In the beginning...". It features of course the very first Metroid title theme. It's a nice and quiet start. After this, DRM64's "Danger in old Tourian" starts. This is a track that I felt dragged on a bit long, but it's a nice remix of the Space Pirate theme in Super Metroid. After this track we're taken deep into the depths of Brinstar with "Earthroot", which is a rock remix of the Red soil track. This one is probably one of my favorites because we haven't gotten many remixes like this before, and it's true enough to the original.
After this we get two impressive Fusion tracks, one that features Sector 4 in a very atmospheric way and one that features Sector 1 in a dubstep version. They're both a nice addition.
Next up is "Desperation" and "Into the Green World", remixes of the Metroid Escape theme and Green Brinstar. These are both two of my favorites, as Desperation has some really cool instruments that makes it really epic, and Into the Green world has an amazing orchestra feel. Into the Green World is featured on our podcast, you've really got to hear this one to understand what I'm talking about.
"Leader's Lair" remixes Ridley's theme from the very first Metroid, in a trance kind of way I'd say. I've never personally been a fan of it, but it's still a great track. The next one is called "The Caves of Brinstar", and it's kind of obvious what this one features, the very first Brinstar theme from Metroid 1. It's definitely epic, but I found it a bit lacking. However, this next track makes up for that. "Ashes to Ashes" has a really cool dubstep version of Lower Brinstar. Sure, not everybody likes dubstep, but everybody likes Lower Norfair, right? It takes the album up a notch, no doubt.
The two next ones features Kraid's Lair and VS Ridley from Super Metroid. Both of them are very interesting tracks. "Kraid's Campfire ballad" actually uses accordion and acoustic guitar! And it works surprisingly well! Ridley's track has a very...exotic feel to it that's hard to describe. Some people might be disappointed since it doesn't stay true enough to the original, but I like the new approach.
"The Mission Briefing" brings the album into a quiet and sad atmosphere. However, this Fusion track is a nice break from the fast paced boss battle themes. Following this comes the "Metroid Legacy" track that uses Samus' theme from Super Metroid. This just makes the album speed up and when I first heard it, I could feel the battle coming up. The Metroid Metal track titled "MQ2" featuring the Queen battle track from Metroid 2. This is really an amazing piece of rock, something you can't miss. It makes the perfect ending to the main part of the album.
The "Ending Suite" and the "Metroid Medley" covers the rest of the first CD. The Ending suite covers all four credits from the first Metroid games with something that sounds like an incredible orchestra, but actually is all technical. The Medley is a nice long 8bit medley that covers tracks such as the Tunnel Theme that never made it to the album. This CD made me feel like I was going through a mission. Remember, we feature some tracks on our podcast, and one of them is the ending suite! Now on to Disc 2!
Disc 2 that features majorly Prime Tracks opens up with two cool tracks, the first one being "Parasite X" that's based on the Parasite Queen theme, and the other one being "Echoes of Eternity" based on the Echoes title theme. I'd say the Parasite X one is quite unique in its own way while Echoes of Eternity is definitely dubstep. They're not my personal favorites, and some people might get unsure about the Parasite track, but it's an ok start.
However, it only gets better and better as it goes on with "Frozen Utopia" which is of course based on Phendrana Drifts. It is true to the original, but still a nice new version of it. That it has the beautiful and calming feel of the original is a compliment after all.
The track following is called "Lore Hunter". This track focuses on Bryyo from Metroid Prime 3, but also has a bit of U-Mos' theme from Echoes. It has a very nice and easy feel to it. I'd say it lives up to the expectations of DarkeSword (the guy who made it). He's the same one that has created the Metroid Prime remixes at OCremix. It gets better.
The next track is titled "Hostile Shadows" and features a variety of battle themes from Echoes. It has an awesome battle rhythm and feel to it, and it's definitely one of my top favorites. It's a long track that keeps up the battle feel all the way. Even if you don't remember all of the themes from Echoes you'll still enjoy this track as it also features the Space Pirate theme from the whole trilogy, along with the title theme from Echoes. Seriously an epic track.
The CD continues with "Melting Star" from Corruption, featuring the Rundas track. It's a track with real recorded piano, and the quality is top-notch. It really feels like a track you'd play in Rundas' memory instead of while you're battling him, and it's great with a quiet track after the dubstep and the rock.
After that comes "Solitude". This might be my absolutely favorite track. It remixes the Tallon Overworld 2 in an excellent way that includes an epic el-guitar towards the end. This is a track that I can't really describe, so you'll have to wait and enjoy it yourself (It is featured on our podcast coming out on the 6th). The next track is shorter and titled "Corrupt begins". It stays very true to the original Corruption title theme, but it's still a very epic version of it.
Following that comes the Chozo ruins remix "Path of Ruin" and the Tallon Overworld (1) remix "Entering a new world", both very good tracks. Path of Ruin features the theme from the Sunken Frigate too, and uses a lot of Saxophone in the ruins theme. Entering a new world uses strings instead.
"The Adventure Continues" and "Thundershooter" is next up, the latter being a remix of Kanden's theme from Hunters and the first one being a remix of "Mission Final", the one that plays at the end of every Prime Trilogy mission. The mission final one has a slow and cool feel while Thundershooter focuses heavily on rock and el-guitar, much like the Metroid Metal tracks.
Symbol of the Ancients is an amazing track based on the Chozo Artifact temple. It has an epic and slow feel to it that you'd really need to hear yourself. It includes a bit of the Metroid main theme just as the original one does.
After this amazing track, the two tracks "Lone Star", a remix of the Metroid Prime ending (both the actual ending and the credits) and Omega Canon, a remix of the Hunters title theme is up next. Lone Star is by the same guy and in the same style as Melting Star and Omega Canon is by the same guy and in the same style as Thundershooter.
The last track that's not a bonus track is the "In the end..." that's based off Other M's piano piece "Irreplaceable". It's much of the same, but a nice an quiet ending to the main tracks. I'll leave the bonus tracks for now so you can experience them yourself without me spoiling them. Trust me though, they're a real worthy ending to the album!
Credits to Shinesparkers and everybody else who has created this album. Special thanks to Darren for being an awesome friend and letting me review this!