Noisia
Devil May Cry


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
January 26th, 2013 | 53 replies


Release Date: 01/08/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While this music lacks anything signature about the game itself, Noisia proves that their pulsating drum and bass assaults are well-suited to score the gritty Devil May Cry reboot.

With major film and video game releases becoming more open to featuring hits from Skrillex on their soundtracks, and score composers increasingly warming up to the idea of incorporating elements of bass drops and wubbing into their compositions, visual-based media has been flirting with the signature characteristics of the incredibly popular brand of bass-heavy dubstep to recently rule the mainstream electronic music scene; promptly replacing industrial rock’s once firmly planted dominance in the music of video games and movies. Though up until this point, composer’s have really only integrated dubstep traits into their score music, and there hasn’t really been a score that is predominately dubstep.

And now here we are with Dutch drum and bass trio, Noisia’s original score for the reboot entry of the highly popular hack and slash Japanese video game series, Devil May Cry. The first score for a major video game to be primarily comprised of dubstep music, and entirely composed by one of the most popular and acclaimed artists in the scene.

What works marvelously about the score overall is how perfectly Noisia’s music goes hand in hand with everything about the game itself. Noisia’s relentless onslaught of pounding beats and throbbing synths at breakneck pacing, fits the high-octane speeds of the rapid-succession violence in a beat ‘em up/hack and slash game such as Devil May Cry. First person shooter games such as Borderlands 2 and Far Cry 3 that have dubstep aspects in their scores lack the constant barrage of immediate and continously pummeling action that is complemented so well by the unhinged, nonstop nature of Noisia’s music. The only breaks from the thrilling sensation are tense moments of ominous ambient music that serve as buildups to sudden thrusts into power surges that lurk around every corner of the tracks on the score.

Noisia was an excellent pick for an artist to create a dubstep-oriented score, because just as they do on their own albums, Noisia strays far from the set path and delves into a large number of overlooked electronic music subgenres. Among these being glitch, tech-house, jungle music, breakbeat, and drill’n’bass, which makes for a flavorful and varied template of sounds that doesn’t only stay by conventional bass drops and repetitive wubs, and allows creativity to freely inhabit every angle of the tracks without constrictions. Noisia even includes tracks among the collection that playfully pay tribute to the classic bleeps and bloops of arcade machine sounds and vintage nintendo background music; most likely in celebration of the trio’s first time creating music for a video game.

However, the main flaw with the DmC OST is that the music really lacks any kind of authentic stylistic stamp from the game. While Far Cry 3’s score for example, fused dubstep with tribal drums and ethnic chanting that was prevalent within that game’s themes, the DmC OST really just feels like a standard Noisia album with the Devil May Cry name tagged on, aside from a few minüte details, and one that doesn’t really do too much to forward Noisia’s sound towards untouched areas.

But despite anything distinct about the game’s style feeling absent from this score, Noisia has crafted music that goes perfectly with the genre of game the Devil May Cry series apart of. This is a score that’s sheer speed and force is unmatched by any contemporary score composers, and is also easily listenable without the game accompanying it.



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breakingthefragile
January 26th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First review back from vacation. This is a 2 week old release, but I've been playing
this game and have been inspired to review the score for a little bit of time now.
Anyways, good to be back, have some big stuff planned. Let me know what you guys
think of the review.

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oltnabrick
January 26th 2013


30846 Comments


thought this was good

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2013


31169 Comments


Suited twice in the summary

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2013


31169 Comments


And now here we are with Dutch drumstep trio,


neg

fromtheinside
January 26th 2013


18268 Comments


hey it's a noisia album. did dev comment?

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Gwyn.
January 26th 2013


15101 Comments


Old DMC will always be better

oltnabrick
January 26th 2013


30846 Comments


but noisia didnt do the soundtracks to those

Gwyn.
January 26th 2013


15101 Comments


Talking about the game lol

But the soundtrack was kinda better, I remember that "devils never cry" song got me pumped all the time

breakingthefragile
January 26th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for pointing that out Dev. Posted this review in a hurry, but I just made some edits and corrections to it. Cheers.

breakingthefragile
January 26th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also, yeah, about the drumstep thing, I was just trying to narrow them down to one
in general genre. Should I have just said "electronic music trio"? What would you
say their sound mainly is if you were to use only one genre to describe them?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2013


31169 Comments


Now you can just get rid of the drumstep genre tag and we'll be set!

I'll be honest though: it's kinda weird that you use the summary to introduce Noisia as a drum & bass act (which they are), but then spend the review talking about how their dubstep work was perfectly suited for this game. I'm not disagreeing with you - just that the two ideas seem somewhat at odds with each other

Edit: well they do dubstep, drum & bass, house, breaks and electro - so take your pick haha

cvlts
January 26th 2013


8955 Comments


been jammin this a lot. I like

fromtheinside
January 26th 2013


18268 Comments


psshh.
anyone who can't see this is clearly techno has lost their mind.

fromtheinside
January 26th 2013


18268 Comments


dante! holy shit where have you been?

oltnabrick
January 26th 2013


30846 Comments


dev should have reviewed this.

hes the best man for the job

breakingthefragile
January 26th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Deviant. Drumstep thing's removed. I'll just settle on drum and bass. And yeah, I
see what you mean about the clashing in the review. When I try to describe all the
different sounds and refer to them with the right names, I tend to just keep
describing new things about the album's sound and keep using different genre
names. I don't really like to use the same name more than twice because I feel like
I'm repeating myself, same with adjectives as well. Just a habbit though, still working
on it.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
January 26th 2013


10203 Comments


Great content, but dem sentences, man

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breakingthefragile
January 26th 2013


2956 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, still working on those sentences too, Omaha. I'm a bit ashamed to say that this was written in a bit of a rush as well, and it shows so, I'll do some smoothing over.

fromtheinside
January 26th 2013


18268 Comments


everything on sputnik is written in a rush

oltnabrick
January 26th 2013


30846 Comments


Rush m/



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