Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne OST

[back cover]
Catalog Number: N/A
Released On: September 28, 2004
Composed By: Shoji Meguro, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiko Tasaki
Arranged By: Shoji Meguro, Kenichi Tsuchiya, Toshiko Tasaki
Published By: Atlus
Recorded At: Sony Music Studio Tokyo
Format: 1 CD

Disc One
01 - Enter Dante
02 - The Labyrinth of Amala
03 - Battle -The Labrynth of Amala-
05 - Lord of the Netherworld
06 - Checkmate
07 - TALK
08 - Fiend
09 - Warp Zone
10 - Reminiscence
11 - Joint Struggle
12 - LAW
13 - Metatron
14 - Since We Last Met
15 - Dante Battle
16 - Mission
17 - CHAOS
18 - Beelzebub
19 - Power of Darkness
20 - The Final Battle
21 - The Emperor of the Dark
22 - Title Loop 1
23 - Title Loop 2
24 - The Conception
25 - Battle
26 - Forced Battle
27 - Battle -Amala Network-
28 - Cathedral of Shadows -Cursed-
29 - Battle -World Map-
30 - Cathedral of Shadows -Bright-
31 - Reason Boss Battle
32 - World Map- Last Area-
33 - Staff Roll
Total Time:

This inner tray image is one of many parts to the do-it-yourself printable packaging found here.

Note: this is the domestic (US) soundtrack release that can only be found alongside limited edition packaging. Two noticeable differences exist between the Japanese and US tracklists: "Heterodox Hall" (Jakyo Manor) is now "Cathedral of Shadows", and "Kotowari" is "Reason".

In an act of praise and salutation for publishing of US version of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne (SMTN for short), I have decided to write a lengthy review of its accompanying soundtrack release. If you purchased the limited edition of SMTN, you received a bonus soundtrack that contains all 21 tracks from Japanese "SMT3N Maniacs Soundtrack extra version", plus 12 tracks from the two-disc Japanese "SMT3N OST", which I have also reviewed (you'll notice my opinion seems to have changed between this soundtrack and the last, but I'm not going to retract my last review, though there is some contradiction in point of view).

Although you may feel fulfilled by the "gift soundtrack" from the limited edition, you unfortunately missed a bunch of outstanding tracks from the Japanese OST. I'm not calling the bonus soundtrack bad; the tracks collected in gift soundtrack are some of the best from this original SMT3N OST. However, the US gift soundtrack is missing the character themes: Chiaki, Isamu, Rescue, Hijiri, Hikawa, etc. I found that I'm especially enjoying to lisiten to the female character themes: Yuko (disc 2 track 3, track 10) and Chiaki (disc 1 track 15). The tracks for the females are all mainly piano, the simple and touching melody successfully describing their will and gentleness (note that Shoji Meguro, having composed these tracks, is also the composer of "Velvet Room" from Persona). Besides, the males tracks are all describing their ambition, which is in contrast to the females.

Furthermore, this OST is lacking in dungeon tracks. As I can count, excluding the mall tracks, the actual dungeon tracks you can find on this OST comes to three. The BGM of the last dungeon (Tower of Kagutsuchi) is missing, leaving players with a lack of satisfaction when reflecting on the game they have conquered.

Shoji Meguro put his focus on the battle tracks, which you will find plenty of on the US OST. It's interesting that Meguro fused Japanese synthesized rock with these 80s-Amercian punk-rock snarling vocals, keeping the battle in a highly convulsive and revolting mood but never feeling discordant to other tracks. There is a sufficient quantity of battle tracks on this OST: four for normal battles, three for boss battles, and two for last boss, totalling to nine battle tracks! The rock and roll on here may not be the best of its genre, but then again, it is good enough to be a significant attraction for this OST.

The main theme of SMTN plays through the Title Loop 2 and the Staff Roll with breath-taking piano plus electric guitar performance. The Staff Roll, especially, simply melts anyone who has beaten the game. Throughout listening to this soundtrack, I can recapture the image of the game itself by those excellent tracks; it's hard to resist the aftertaste.

One last word: if you enjoy the whole music of SMTN, but you missed out on purchasing the limited edition of the US game, consider purchasing the Japanese "SMT3N Maniacs Soundtrack extra version". You will be surprised by Kenichi Tsuchiya and Toshiko Tasaki in the Maniacs version, since they handled more tracks than the initial SMT3N.

Reviewed by: Zalbag


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