Soundtrack
Super Metroid Soundtrack


4.5
superb

Review

by Matthew D. French USER (50 Reviews)
May 26th, 2009 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Essentially, the Super Metroid soundtrack is video gaming’s finest hour, (literally).

In the 1990’s we saw the rise of what is still arguably the best console to date (the Super Nintendo), with quite possibly the best line-up of video games ever. Reflect if you will for a moment on your childhood, the good old days when there was no such thing as work, and money wasn’t a means to survival because everything was bought for you. Amongst these wonderful memories I’m sure the majority of kids played video games, for myself, it was almost like a second life. I had played some of the most amazing games, but there was one game in particular created that not only innovated exceptionally on its predecessor (Metroid), but rather revolutionized video games in general. Coming virtually out of nowhere, Super Metroid stunned critics and gamers alike. Today it is still held in high regard; some claim it to be the pinnacle of gaming experiencing. So what does one of the greatest video games of all time need to further wow skeptics? The answer: one of the greatest video game soundtracks of all time.

The aesthetic of the Metroid soundtrack is of a rather overtly dark, and ominous setting to fit its context, and adds to the desolation and loneliness of the playing experience. The soundtrack is comprised of ## songs, each with a different feel to fit the environment you’re in. A perfect example of the diversity in the soundtrack can be seen in “Lower Norfair”, a desolate, volcanic area far below the planet’s surface. Incorporated in this track are tribal drums and background music, which portrays a sense of fear and confinement. In complete contrast to that we have “Lower Maridia”, which features a dark, yet airy keyboard loop, with a synthesizer in the background. This song is just soothing, and would be a great song to fall asleep to.

Amongst the lulls are a great deal of songs that convey fear and intimidation as well, take a track like “Mother brain” for example; this song is something of an epic journey, a horn is progressively played in the background while some sharp sounding synthesizers come into play, and it just all around sounds badass, the music is more or less thematic, and tries to adapt to its surroundings. The defining moment of this album, however, is ‘Upper Brinstar’ which features an amalgamation of xylophone and keyboard. This is the most upbeat and fun song to be heard, and has thumping bass, and lightly played bongos, it’s very atmospheric and full of energy. The majority of songs are based around weird keyboard synthesizer, and the only other audible instrument to point out would be the drums, which range from snare, to bass, to steel drums, to tribal.

Of course with most soundtracks there are some flaws. The largest problem I have with the Super Metroid soundtrack is that along with the outstanding tracks, there is a lot of filler, and by filler I mean little snippets that are unnecessary; such tracks as the title screen, end credits, item upgrade, etc. They are part of the album, and it’s because of this that I cannot issue out a ‘classic’ rating. Other songs while fitting well with the flow and aesthetic of the game, don’t manage to hold your attention when listening to them alone. Such tracks like ‘Tourian’ just are not enjoyable to listen to because all it’s comprised of are a bunch of bubbles and a really drowsy and annoying back beat, which leads us to the worst song on the album, ‘Continue’. Continue is a song based around the same dark, boring 5 second loop played on repeat for 3 of the longest minutes of your life. The only other gripe I could point out is the awkward track listing, which doesn’t match well with the actual series of events in the game.

Overall, there’s a lot of variety to be found no matter who the listener is; this is applicable to almost any demographic, and will truly bring you back to the roots of your childhood. For some it may be reminiscent of the past and easy to fall back into, for others, without the game it may be difficult.

Soundtrack with game -5/5
Soundtrack on its own-4/5
Overall, 4.5/5- a definite recommend for anyone who appreciates soundtrack music.

Matt recommends:
-Mother Brain
-Upper Brinstar
-Lower Brinstar
-Lower Maridia



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Gyromania
May 26th 2009


15791 Comments


Hope we have some Metroid fans on this site.

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Meatplow
May 26th 2009


5524 Comments


Music rules. I have to ask, is this an official release though? I downloaded some audio files ripped straight from the game.

Spare
May 26th 2009


5310 Comments


oh god i want to play super metroid now. i've still got my super nintendo too, but don't know if i could be bothered with the whole putting in the cartridge, taking it out because it doesn't work, blowing the shit out of everything, repeat etc.

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Damrod
Moderator
May 26th 2009


1093 Comments


Game and Soundtrack rocked hard. :thumb:

FadeToBlack
May 26th 2009


10926 Comments


Downloaded this a while a go, some good shit. Game is fucking epic

scyther
May 26th 2009


1606 Comments


Good review, this style really suits you. My only gripe is that you should have expanded a little more on the atmospheric descriptions, but the writing overall is very well done.

Douchebag
May 26th 2009


3624 Comments


I never had this game, but I agree with the SNES being one of the best consoles ever. All the Donkey Kong Country's and Super Mario All Stars was where its at!

Fugue
May 26th 2009


7353 Comments


Good review, maybe a little more detail would be nice but you can work on that.

The soundtrack is comprised of ## songs


think you meant to put some numbers there.

Gyromania
May 26th 2009


15791 Comments


"Music rules. I have to ask, is this an official release though? I downloaded some audio files ripped straight from the game."

I'm pretty sure that this is the official release tracklist.

"Good review, this style really suits you. My only gripe is that you should have expanded a little more on the atmospheric descriptions, but the writing overall is very well done."

Thanks a lot man, I appreciate that, next time I will further delve into that. And thanks Ross, here I had thought I had all the kinks out, oh well, I'll fix it after work.




Kaleid
May 26th 2009


711 Comments


Ahh, memories. Just dug out my old cartridge, doesn't work :mad: Thought Upper Brinstar was cool

Yotimi
May 26th 2009


6506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely in my top 3 games of all time, and the music is so friggin awesome. You talk about the filler being the title screen and item pickups but I love that music/sound effects.

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clonegreen
May 26th 2009


16 Comments


Beyond epic soundtrack, there's actually a group called Stemage that does metal covers of certain Metroid tracks.

MassiveAttack
May 26th 2009


2688 Comments


Donkey Kong Country 2 OST creeps closer for me. Always enjoy obscure reviews like game osts.

Btw the first paragraph is so true. Nice review, keep going, pos.



astrel
May 26th 2009


2614 Comments


One of my favorite games, but I never paid heavy attention to its soundtrack. Guess i need to remedy this situation.

Gyromania
May 27th 2009


15791 Comments


DK country two was an excellent game as well. There were too many outstanding games for the SNES.

"You talk about the filler being the title screen and item pickups but I love that music/sound effects."

In the game this works well, but outside of the game, it just bores.


Yotimi
May 27th 2009


6506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ gotcha

Merkaba33
June 8th 2009


702 Comments


how the fuck did i miss this??!! I was going to review this but you took care of it nicely.

Merkaba33
June 8th 2009


702 Comments


while this isn't my favorite video game soundtrack to listen to, it may be the best ever in terms of affecting someone's gaming experience. that sounded kinda nerdy. oh well, im out.

Gyromania
June 8th 2009


15791 Comments


Thanks man, I was kind of surprised that no one else reviewed it tbh. Now that I think of it though, The Legend of Zelda- Ocarina of Time is my favourite game soundtrack.

Gyromania
June 8th 2009


15791 Comments


I thought there were more metroid fans on the site tbh.



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