Soundtrack
Metroid Prime & Fusion: Original Soundtracks


5.0
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Review

by BrxxnAngxlRxsnxr USER (40 Reviews)
May 28th, 2010 | 37 replies | 8,629 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An enchanting experience.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Metroid is and forever will be my favorite video game series of all time. It even tops the Metal Gear Solid, Mario and dare I say it?.. even The Elder Scrolls series. Pretty much Metroid blows a lot of video games out of water, for me at least. One of the things that make the Metroid series so downright mind blowing is its tantalizing soundscapes and their undeniable generosity to the listener. Now as the above title suggests this soundtrack deals with not one but two of the Metroid series finest releases, Metroid Prime and Fusion. While both on different systems (Prime for GameCube and Fusion on GameBoyAvd) both sound exceptionally well, each with their minor quirks and charms. So throw out those old post-rock albums and fall into the demented world of Metroid

You might not think a video games ”Title” could hold much interest but Metroid is a whole different space pirate.. Well those are actually two different species but anyway this, “Title”, sounds like the sick hatching of some vile alien insects. You can positively feel the slime touch your skin. Dark, eerie synthesizers soon twist into effect and prove to be absolutely creepy. If you think the track ”Menu Select” sounds a little sketchy than you need to stop doubting Metroid right now and go play the game. The bugs from the previous track are swiftly racing onto the next. Squirming to get out of their eggs now as a very godlike mourn is enticing them, chanting behind them. Yes, these are actually conveyable themes and emotions described while hearing the tracks “Menu Select” and “Title” screen..

Planet Tallon IV. I can almost feel the lush rainforest thick with moisture, hiding beauty and a stench of evil. A very hollow sounding moan scales at the mountains, somewhere beyond, I can almost taste it. Feeling almost godlike it’s easy to get lost within the atmosphere of each individual piece. A masterful mix of seduction plays heavily, fabricating a certain energy. These gripping atmospheres underline every single track on disc one. Breathtaking would be an understatement. Chozo Ruins is instantly a place that I would gladly spend the rest of my life exploring. Soft tapping and intricate rattles feed at this haunting realm and yet somehow it all retains a divine beauty. Even the poisonous sound of the chirping synthesizers wouldn’t keep me away, it’s almost unreal. Unfortunately it is. It’s almost heartbreaking to know that the serene sound of Ice Valley is just that, only a sound. The small twinkles and slick dripping make this seem an unbearably pleasant place to visit, someplace to lose yourself within. A swift piano breaks the surface from literally nowhere, swaying and brushing at your ears, absolutely swallowing you. It’s no surprise that one of the most beautiful passages, Ice Valley, takes place in one of the most visually stunning areas in the video game, Phendrana Drifts. It’d be redundant for me to try and tell you how and why each of these tracks is seamlessly gorgeous. While some of them are rather short they’re all instantly captivating and pleasing in bite sized pieces. The opening of Wrecked Ship Frigate might just twist your imagination on how wonderful computer generated sounds can be. Tightly woven pianos twist within themselves like vines and something always seems to be watching you from a distance. I could fall into the soothing landscapes for hours, listening in my dreams. Playing this as you fall asleep isn’t a bad idea.

So before I completely lose myself in this absolutely enthralling world of Metroid Prime there is still the second disc. If you thought the second disc would just be a tag along, again, we are talking about Metroid. Metroid Fusion Arranged Version opens in squeaky, riveting pockets of flashes and sharp, high audio tears. It’s actually quite surprising how well this sounds for a Game Boy Advanced game. While definitely more straightforward than the previous disc the sounds are still crisp and expertly produced. The simplistic racing on “Aranged Version” proves that even though these sounds came off of a handheld system they still flow fluid and evenly. Even the “would be” flaws like an occasional cheesy synthesizer sequence or effect can be easily disregarded as there are just too many good parts. It’s quite astonishing at how dark and ambient a lot of these tracks are, simplistic as some may come off as, (“Environmental Sound - Silence 1”) most remain just as suspenseful as the track before it. Last Instructions opens with pounding drums and quickly recalls “super hero” themed music. The tracks play their cards best during the smoother, slower portions and it’s easy to see the developers played it smart. Fans will instantly suck up the 56 second epic VS. Neo Ridley in which you’re assaulted by strange “waaa’s” and daunting rattles. At times the tracks just seem downright bizarre but in an intriguing fashion. Sometimes however the tracks do seem a little too short, (lots of mild fanfare here) and usually only loop a sequence once. This might make some of the tracks from disc two not catch your attention as quickly. However this will lie in the fact that the two different systems in which both games came from varied greatly in processing power and there where technical issues. All in all disc two is a more simplistic yet retains a high quality and is an interesting, if not short listening experience.

So there it is, a two disc, two soundtrack outing for one of the greatest series of video games ever crafted, Metroid. Add that to the fact that both of the titles, Prime and Fusion are undeniably brilliant games. Yes, Prime’s side is deeper and immersive to the point of astonishment. The Fusion soundtrack side, while less entrancing is well worth a listen and many of those tracks are on par with Prime’s tracks in terms of mood, suspense and atmosphere. For those of you who know and love the video game series, get this. For those of you hipsters who don’t know what this is, it’s kinda like spacey, electronic post rock. Listen in small doses or all at once. This is really something to sink into.



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Foxhound
May 28th 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

gay there were two albums and I picked the wrong one to submit under.

Obfuscation24
May 28th 2010



3939 Comments


Nice review man, Metroid Fusion is the shit

FadeToBlack
May 28th 2010



10913 Comments


the Metroid Prime soundtrack rapes the Fusion one in every possible hole. Phendrana Drifts = cum on ceiling

that's why this will probably never be a 5 for me, the Fusion part drags it down. If it was just Metroid Prime this would be a 6/5

FadeToBlack
May 28th 2010



10913 Comments


oh and you need to check this out, I'm sure you'll love it: http://www.metroidmetal.com/varia-suite/

you can listen to the whole thing here: http://metroidmetal.bandcamp.com/

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 28th 2010



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You hit most of my favourites from the Prime Soundtrack. The songs for Phendrana Drifts and the Underwater Frigate are just awesome. The Artifact Temple and the two Overworld themes are also pretty snazzy. Gonna go play this again.

Foxhound
May 28th 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome links Fade, listening to "Metroid Metal" now.

FadeToBlack
May 28th 2010



10913 Comments


on of the drawbacks to this actual official OST is the mastering. most of the tracks are too short and most of them fade out after only just one 'cycle'... which for some of the awesome ones definitley isn't enough...

Alucard125
May 28th 2010



534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best soundtrack ever. The Underwater Frigate Reator Core is beautiful.

Mikesn
Emeritus
May 28th 2010



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

on of the drawbacks to this actual official OST is the mastering. most of the tracks are too short and most of them fade out after only just one 'cycle'... which for some of the awesome ones definitley isn't enough...
The Ocarina of Time OST was pretty bad for this too, which is a shame because it has some great songs.

Mordecai.
May 28th 2010



8270 Comments


fucking love Metroid.

Check out Metal Metroid - Varia Suite. It's a fun album.

Skimaskcheck
May 28th 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Metroid, haha amazing!

Phendrana Drifts and the title screen songs are so awesome, i'd literally just leave them playing

Skimaskcheck
May 28th 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dam i want to play it now.

Ire
May 29th 2010



41746 Comments


Nice Review.

MrxSelfxDestruct
May 29th 2010



495 Comments


For so long I thought I was the only one who thought this was genius (Phendrana Drifts is commonly associated with cum on ceiling for sure)

Foxhound
May 29th 2010



4570 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Then I'll cum on the ceiling with you my friend =)

FadeToBlack
May 29th 2010



10913 Comments


yeah I have what's essentially a 'remastered' version of this, where some forum dweller 'fixed' the soundtrack by letting the real songs loop at least twice :D

so idk if it's fair for me to rate this or not

Skimaskcheck
May 29th 2010



2360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha, i'd say yeah - you've probably heard all the tracks if you've played it anyway, it's not like Metroid mega-fans are gonna hunt you down if haven't spent time listening to "Ending Staff Roll"

scissorlocked
May 29th 2010



3508 Comments


WOW!!!!this is just amazing!!I've played the video game but I never focused on the music!!That phendrana drifts song is gorgeous!!

Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

taroo
May 29th 2010



2126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review... I really don't care much for the soundtrack... then again... I'm not a big fan of Metroid.

FadeToBlack
May 29th 2010



10913 Comments


it helps if you're a fan, but really this is a classic slab of dark ambient/industrial so it shouldn't matter too much



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