Because I haven’t been uploading many “Hey! Listen” posts lately, and also because the recently released Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has too many awesome songs on its soundtrack, I decided I’d make today’s post a nice kinetic bundle of several tracks from that game, most of which are used during the game’s grand boss fights. Not only are these songs great to begin with, but they have extremely effective buildup that help give the boss battles a terrific sense of progression. The music was composed by Jamie Christopherson.
Enjoy, and expect me to stick to a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday schedule for “Hey! Listen” articles from now on.
“Locked n’ Loaded”
This one plays during quite a few battles, though it’s most notable presence is during the Metal Gear Ray battle in the game’s opening chapter. Tell me you didn’t feel like a total badass when you ran down the cathedral dodging missiles and then sliced open the machine through to its tail, all the while having the finale of this rockin’ track playing. I guess they call it ‘Metal’ Gear for a reason.
“A Stranger I Remain”
This delightful tune accompanies the fight against Mistral, the rather ‘handy’ French cyborg. It’s generally lighter and chirpier than most of the other songs on the soundtrack, but it nevertheless has a serious undertone and some effective lyrics. The buildup is definitely something to appreciate as well.
“I’m My Own Master Now”
Most of you probably already heard this one in the demo, as it’s used alongside the Bladewolf boss. It’s definitely one of the more ’emo’ tracks in the game, but darn it if it doesn’t have a commendable energy and pace to it. I especially like the occasional rises of hopefulness with lines like “not content to live this way,’ which helps prevent the track from becoming overbearing and one-note.
Does anyone get a Mega Man vibe from this track? No seriously, the tempo and vibe are totally reminiscent of 80’s/90’s sidescrollers. This one accompanies the boss fight for Sundowner, the machete and explosive-shield wielding hillbilly.
“The Only Thing I Know For Real”
This one plays during Jetstream Sam’s battle. It’s got an interesting Samurai vibe to it thanks to its use of wind instruments, which goes hand in hand with the hole ‘code of honor’ theme that seems to characterize Samuel.