Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne OST
Catalog Number: SVWC-7173/4
Released On: March 5, 2003
Composed By: Shoji Meguro, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiko Tasaki
Arranged By: Shoji Meguro, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiko Tasaki
Published By: SME Visual Works
Recorded At: Sony Music Studio Tokyo
Format: 2 CDs

Disc One
01 - Title Loop 1
02 - Title Loop 2
03 - Apocalypse
04 - Map - Real World
05 - Shinjuku Hygiene Hospital (before conception)
06 - Hikawa
07 - Tokyo Conception
08 - Normal Battle
09 - Mystery
10 - Forced Battle
11 - Map
12 - Shibuya
13 - Recover Fount
14 - Heterodox Hall
15 - Chiaki
16 - Battle - Street
17 - Ginza
18 - Normal Battle - Amara Network
19 - Jewelry RAG
20 - Ikebukuro
21 - Humor
22 - Mantra Force
23 - Boss Battle
24 - Masura
25 - Heterodox Hall - Curse
26 - Yosuga (Rely)
Total Time:

Disc Two
01 - Normal Battle - Map
02 - Kabukichou Prison
03 - Rescue
04 - Junk Shop
05 - Puzzle Boy
06 - Hijiri
07 - Heterodox Hall - Full Kagutsuchi
08 - Isamu
09 - Musubi (Weave)
10 - Reuniting Teacher
11 - Manekata (Figure)
12 - God Aradia Descending
13 - Boss Appearing
14 - Kotowari Boss Battle
15 - Game Over
16 - Shijima (Silence)
17 - Map - Last Area
18 - Tower of Kagutsuchi
19 - Yahironohimoroki
20 - Last Boss Battle - Before Transforming
21 - Last Boss Battle - Transformed
22 - Rebirth
23 - Staff Roll
Total Time:

Consider that the Megami Tensei (Goddess Reincarnation) series has not caught on for US players, publishers or audiences. Not much of an introduction between the game and its music in this review. To sum up, the battle music style differs from other Japanese RPG soundtracks you have listened before, whether it be good or bad. Most battle tracks play metal rock style with atonal vocals, kinda like "Other World" in Final Fantasy X. In my opinion, I prefer the arrangement of battle tracks of SMT3 more than "Other World"; they're not just sounding noisy. Rather, each tracks gives you a few seconds of breathing time, except for "Boss Battle". However, "Boss Battle" is not as fast so it doesn't matter. The only regret is the duration of Boss Battle is quite shorter than other battle tracks. If you ignore this little pity, all of the battle tracks are listenable.

Other than battle tracks, it seems that no other tracks can be the trademark of this OST. Most of them, such as the character themes and map music are normal J-pop and J-rock style. I would say that they continue the style of Persona (the RPG sub-series of Megami Tensei from the same company and development team), so if you love Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, you should be impressed by this OST. If you're just a VGM/RPG OST collector, this OST is still recommended. Some Japanese CD importers, like MusicSelection.com, have it on sale, and it seems Game Music Online or Otaku will also import it later. Finally, after you bought this OST, don't forget to insert any SMT3 OST CD into your computer then click here to download 3 wallpapers and 2 OST unreleased tracks: Amara Shrine (final stage) and Shinjuku Hygiene Hospital (after conception), composed by Shoji Meguro.

Reviewed by: Zalbag


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