Megaten World ~ Goddess World

 

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Review by · March 28, 2009

Is there anything in this world that’s cooler than (Shin) Megami Tensei? I DON’T THINK SO!

Okay, so that was the most subjective statement I’ve made in a couple years. But seriously, Atlus has really allowed Shin Megami Tensei to take off in the last five years. The series is rich in historical, religious, and mythological reference. It makes for strong social commentary for the past and the present. Also, as RPGs, they are a ton of fun to play.

But back in the day, the Goddess’ Revelation was going on at a much smaller scale. Yet, the soundtracks were kicking as much digital-demon butt back then as they do now. We’re talking pre-Meguro here, when people like Tsukasa Masuko reigned supreme. Funk, jazz, rock, neo-classic orchestra, all in a high-quality synth recording arena? Yes please!

Honestly, I can’t think of anything intelligent to say about this particular arranged album. When I listen to it, my mind just melts and I want to say “awww, yeah.” If the band members of Genesis all procreated with Japanese women, and their children were raised on a healthy ecclectic diet of Baroque, Romantic, 1960s jazz/rock, 1970s disco, and just a hint of ethnic/world music, and then they were told to write their own music… The resulting album would sound mighty close to “Megaten World.”

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Being from 1994, the album is quite obscure, but it’s one of the best arranged albums in the SMT franchise pre-2000, so collectors will definitely want to check it out. I can’t decide between this and the live performance from the first “Devil Summoner” album. Both are good…but this one kicks me in the face, and I like it!

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Patrick Gann

Patrick Gann

Therapist by day and gamer by night, Patrick has been offering semi-coherent ramblings about game music to RPGFan since its beginnings. From symphonic arrangements to rock bands to old-school synth OSTs, Patrick keeps the VGM pumping in his home, to the amusement and/or annoyance of his large family of humans and guinea pigs.