Video Game Music of the Week - 190

Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night (PlayStation)


Prologue, Wandering Ghosts, Lost Painting, Dracula’s Castle

Michiru Yamane

Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night originally released on the PlayStation in 1997 and later received a Sega Saturn port in 1998. The game marks an important stage in the franchise as this release saw the series head towards a more non-linear, RPG style direction.

Prologue theme is a relatively short track that features many of the Rock, Metal and Horror elements found in the game. It works well as an introduction to the overall style of the games soundtrack.

Wandering Ghosts
Wandering Ghosts is one of the more pleasantly upbeat tracks found in the game. The funky guitar riff is the driving force in the song and is easily one of the games more memorable sounds. However, even with the pleasant overtones, there is still a lingering darkness in the song.

Lost Painting
This track is a more slow and reserved song that blends a beautiful melody with a spine-chilling opening riff to create a truly memorable sound.

Dracula’s Castle
The track Dracula’s Castle features all the elements of Rock and Horror that make the games entire soundtrack so remarkably unique. It begins with a very creepy intro, before heading into the rock section of the track. The main riff in this track is one of the more important musical lines that helps create the games trademark sound.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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