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Arcturus -The Curse and Loss of Divinity- OST

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Catalog Number: OST-ARC
Released On: June 28, 2003
Composed By: SoundTeMP
Arranged By: N/A
Published By: Falcom
Recorded At: Unknown
Format: 3 CDs
Tracklist:

Disc One
01 - Open Your Eyes
02 - Hymn of a Delinquint
03 - Continent Vista
04 - Victory!
05 - Expectation's End
06 - Brief Rest
07 - The Sleepless Night
08 - Encounter Battle
09 - Battle #2
10 - Church
11 - Field #1
12 - The Ball
13 - Tranquily
14 - Tension
15 - Ragni Village
16 - Day of Departure
17 - To the Ocean
18 - Port City Taini
19 - Evil's Embrace
20 - All Right, Training!
21 - Dark Footsteps -Omen-
22 - Border City Maltuni
23 - Capital City Dhorm
24 - Pressing Crisis
25 - Hurry!
26 - Together...
27 - Field #2
28 - Every Morning
29 - Port City Ansvelse
30 - Sardis Bay
31 - Holy Capital Bahra
32 - Elizabeth Engine
Total Time:
67'23"

Disc Two
01 - A Missed Landscape
02 - Dungeon #1
03 - Ocarina
04 - Everlasting Nightmare
05 - Ragni Village Another Version
06 - Burst Into the Battle
07 - Field #3
08 - Ruins of Shadow
09 - Separated Roads
10 - With God's Farewell
11 - Confrontation
12 - Field #4
13 - Priserona's Theme
14 - Destruction
15 - Estenu Chodal
16 - Ill Omen
17 - Seteban Research District
18 - Deserted Town
19 - Prayer
20 - Changing World
21 - Lakrimosa Valley
22 - Espionage
23 - Elhaive Fort
24 - Descent
25 - Battle #4
26 - Field #5
27 - Gerna Plateau
Total Time:
68'32"

Disc Three
01 - Visions
02 - Breakthrough
03 - Epen
04 - A Magi's Memory
05 - Time of Judgment
06 - Embrace
07 - Battle #5
08 - Final Assault
09 - Field #5
10 - Frozen in the Past
11 - Fall of the Empire
12 - Constelraliam
13 - N.O.A.H.
14 - Eden
15 - Memories of Home
16 - Requiem
17 - The Oncoming Threat
18 - Castle Walkenswaard
19 - Place of Worship ~Akhenaton~
20 - Dungeon #2
21 - Dungeon #3
22 - Epilogue
23 - Truth In Me
Bonus Tracks
24 - Open Your Eyes (Special Version)
25 - Open Your Eyes (Karaoke Version)
26 - Open Your Eyes (Original Version)
Total Time:
65'36"

Developed by Gravity and published in Japan by Falcom, Arcturus is a strange title. Its artwork and title are deceiving: the game looks like it's going to be dark and gothic. This, in my opinion, couldn't be further from the truth. In-game screenshots reveal its light, cartoony nature, as does this three-disc soundtrack, composed by SoundTeMP (the same folks who did Ragnarok Online).

I would consider this soundtrack a longer and more mundane version of what we all had heard on the Ragnarok Online OST. Spanning these three discs is a compilation of mostly mediocre dance/groove-pop songs that tend to annoy the listener after a short amount of time. At least, that's the effect this album had on me. And why would that be the case for a game entitled "Arcturus -The Curse and Loss of Divinity-"? Hmmm? Yeah, I don't know either.

There are songs that feature more than just dance beats. Ultra-grunge-rock guitar is featured on a number of battle themes. Listen to "Everlasting Nightmare," "Encounter Battle," or "Final Assault" if you want to hear such songs. Again, they aren't my style, and they aren't very musical (well, "Encounter Battle" at least has a melody on that 80s wailing guitar). You know, "musical" and "grunge" don't have to be mutually exclusive, as so many battle themes from other RPGs have proved (some of the harder SMT songs and Legend of Mana come to mind). I wasn't impressed with these tracks, personally.

Rising above the slew of mediocre dance pop songs are the occasional catchy and creative pieces of music. I've tried to sample the best songs I could find. "Elhaive Fort" makes use of what I like to call the "Eifel65 - Blue" voice effect, and the result is pretty spectacular. In "Castle Walkenswaard", a sound byte is added of a girl making a rather suggestive comment. It works nicely.

Among the three discs, I found that disc 2 was the most consistently decent. Discs 1 and 3 were definitely "hit-or-miss" from track to track. But I did find a few gems on disc 1, such as "Port City Taini", which blends SoundTeMP's trademark dance beats with some really funky Latin sounds (big brass, a melodic guitar, and steel drums lead the way!). And how could I forget about the opening theme song, "Open Your Eyes", which has a total of four versions on this soundtrack? Oh yes, I remember how I could forget: the song is only 90 seconds long! There is no extended version! That is a real problem if you ask me. However, after the first 40 seconds of a soft verse, the chorus kicks in hard, and I think it sounds pretty decent: it's another song I wish was on DDR.

Despite its occasional bits and pieces of genius, Arcturus is a soundtrack I could do without. Though it was published by Falcom, it isn't the sort of music one would expect since it's actually composed by SoundTeMP. Maybe this is just a matter of personal taste, but I doubt it, because I did like the work SoundTeMP did on Ragnarok Online. My personal recommendation is to avoid this one, which shouldn't be too hard as it is an obscure release anyway.

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann



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