Metal Saga ~Chains of Dust~ OST

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Catalog Number: INCD-E0101~3
Released On: September 28, 2005
Composed By: Satoshi Kadokura
Arranged By: Satoshi Kadokura
Published By: INH Group
Recorded At: Soleil Setagaya Studio
Format: 3 CDs

Disc One
01 - Chains of Dust
02 - Call
03 - My Footstep on this World
04 - Route 99
05 - Fellowship
06 - Let's go by Ocean Liner!
07 - A Railroad Across the Continent
08 - Battle
09 - Battle -MMRmix
10 - Battle -MM2mix
11 - Fight it out
12 - Wanted Person Battle
13 - Duel Alex
14 - Last Battle
15 - Break !!
16 - Defeat !!
17 - Level Up !!
18 - You Lose...
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Disc Two
01 - Win! Buy! Progress!
02 - Driving to New Fork
03 - Morgue Town
04 - Canon Eyes
05 - Torikami
06 - Shopping Rock
07 - Theme of Love
08 - Tank Worker
09 - Caterpillar Pires
10 - Let's Meet Dr. Minchi!
11 - Inn
12 - Inn - Bigger Room
13 - D.M. (AsianMix)
14 - Dance Show
15 - Muscle Gym
16 - Animal Parade
17 - Tank Bun Bun
18 - Casino
19 - Caravan
20 - Dungeon-2-mix
21 - Dungeon Dance
22 - Junk Mountain
23 - Haivil's Theme
24 - Stronghold Ruins
25 - Muscle Great Master
26 - Ziggurat
27 - Collapse
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Disc Three
01 - Crisis
02 - Crisis 2
03 - Howl ~ The Past that Cannot be Forgotten
04 - Tear of the 7mm Engine Canon
05 - Song of the Stranger
06 - Song of the Stranger 2
07 - The One who Cannot Forget
08 - in peace
09 - Orgel I
10 - Orgel II
11 - Ending
12 - Staff Roll
13 - See you next...
14 - Belldeer (Game Unused Tune)
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Satoshi Kadokura's score for Crea-Teach's unique RPG "Metal Saga" comes to us as a special package from INH Group. The 3 disc collection (which, if you do the math, could have been 2 discs if they cared about efficiency) contains 59 songs, with almost all of them running a decent 2 to 4 minutes. Also, it seems that the discs were organized in a certain manner: first battle tracks, then area themes, then event music and ending music.

We've covered quantity. Let's talk (at greater length) about the quality of the music.

Kadokura has a knack for bringing out both the best and the worst of various genres/styles of music. Depending upon your tastes, you will likely find a few songs on here that you really like, and more than a few that you immediately label as garbage. Here's the tricky part: which songs you label as good and which you label as trash is anybody's guess. I spent some time discussing this soundtrack with a few other acquaintances, and while we agreed that this soundtrack had its ups and downs, we sharply disagreed over which tracks were the "ups" and which were the "downs." Sounds confusing, right? It is, and that's why you might want to consider not even listening to the samples.

But before I turn you off to this soundtrack, let's talk about which genres of music can be found on here. First of all, there is the raw, dirty, roughneck brand of crunchy-guitar rock with a hint of blues (usually in the form of a harmonica). This sound is what you hear in the opening track, which seems to fit the theme (and the art) of the game quite well. Then, there are some standard piano solo tracks and ambient background songs, some of which make excellent use of sampled drum loops and the like. There are some interesting jazz tunes, some country western, some spaghetti western...yeah, there's a lot. I'm sure I'm missing some other genres.

One genre that is clearly missing: vocals. Not one single song on here is a vocal performance. It seems that the VGM standard is that a game at least have opening and ending vocal tracks. That isn't the case with Metal Saga, so if you like vocals, too bad, you'll just have to do without. Personally, I think the soundtrack does well with 100% instrumentals.

In my opinion, some of the songs are terribly mundane. But, again, one man's trash is another man's treasure, so maybe you'll like the songs I hated. Or maybe you'll hate the whole thing. Maybe you'll love it! My favorite songs were the three battle themes sampled on disc one, as well as Torikami and Junk Mountain on disc two. I wasn't impressed with most of the songs on the third disc.

The best advice I can give (beyond what I've already said) is that you will like this soundtrack most if you're okay with outdated synth: especially in the strings department. With that warning out of the way, you ought to be able to come to a sober decision about this soundtrack. I'd also suggest checking out the game (published in the US by Atlus) before buying the soundtrack. As far as I know, the only place to purchase this CD is VGMworld (of Cocoebiz).

Reviewed by: Patrick Gann


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